I was craving something sweet (which is like, all the time) and I had no idea what I really wanted to make but I knew I wanted something...warm & gooey.
Looked in the fridge and I saw I had a few apples and I instantly started craving apple pie. In high school my friends and I had off campus lunch and we would go to Micky D's like...every...single...day (OMG) and I would always get one of their apple pies and a vanilla ice cream cone (they were like 2 for $1...HOW SWAY?) but it was perfect for my high school budget and the perfect unhealthy dessert.
I definetly didn't feel like making an apple pie, but I thought about making a crumble.
My Auntie Jackie used to make this peach dump cake when I was growing up, which is basically fruit in some sort of liquid on the bottom & cake mixture on top of that, so I thought I can use this same sort of method to create a "crumble".
My first time making this was an instant HIT. It was just, SO GOOD. We demolished the entire crumble in like, 2 hours. Sad, but true.
This crumble satisfied my sweet tooth, it is: sweet with a little tartness, crunchy and gooey at the same time, and perfect for the fall and winter nights when you want something warm.
If you make this crumble, I'd love to know. Tweet me a photo! Or use hashtag #foreverrikkeats
For the apples
- 4 cups sweet/tart apples I used a combo of honey crisp, red delicious, & gala
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
For the crumble
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
- a pinch nutmeg
- a pinch cinnamon
- 1/4 cup vegan butter I use Earth Balance
Wash apples & peel, core, and slice apples to about ½" thick, then spread them out in a 9x13 pan, you can get away with a pie pan.
In a medium sauce pan over low heat, mix together sugar, water, vanilla extract & cornstarch. Cook & stir continuously until the mixture has thickened.
Pour the mixture over the apples.
Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, & cloves.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg.
Stir in the vegan butter until the mixture is crumbly
Spread the crumble mixture all over apples & press lightly
Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until the apples are tender & the crumble is a golden brown color.
Serve hot or serve à la Mode (with a scoop of non dairy vanilla ice cream)