Mary Berry Apple Crumble


Apple crumble is one of the best desserts; it’s warming, it’s sweet, it’s delicious, and it’s not too hard to make. You can eat apple crumble as it is, or with cream, luxurious ice cream, or even custard – the choices are endless!

Apple crumble is simple and straightforward, and the Mary Berry recipe is a particularly good one, popular with kids and adults alike. You can whip one of these crumbles up in just over an hour, making it a perfect weeknight dessert.

With that in mind, let’s start figuring out how you can create the ultimate crumble that will make your mouth water with every spoonful.

Apple crumble on a plate

How To Make Copycat Mary Berry Apple Crumble

To make this melt-in-the-mouth apple crumble, you’re going to need:

  • Light muscovado sugar; you want your apple crumble to be deliciously sweet, and muscovado sugar is the perfect way to hit that balance
  • Plain flour: this is the binding material of the whole dish, so you’ll need it!
  • Butter: this makes that delightful salty flavor that is essential to the enjoyment of a really good apple crumble
  • Demerara sugar: this works alongside the muscovado to provide a caramel-like flavor and an irresistible texture
  • Cooking apples: there’s no making apple crumble without apples – and some good cooking apples can make this dish absolutely perfect


  1. Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas 6. Prepare a 25cm (10in) round shallow ovenproof pie dish.
  2. Cook Apples: Place apples in a wide-based pan with 2 tablespoons of water and some butter. Cook over gentle heat for about 6 minutes until tender, stirring regularly. Remove from heat, stir in sugar, and set aside to cool.
  3. Make Crumble Topping: In a large bowl, measure the crumble ingredients and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Assemble: Spoon the cooled apples into the pie dish and level the surface. Evenly sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples, followed by a little extra demerara sugar.
  5. Bake: Cook in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas 4 and bake for another 20 minutes until golden and bubbling.
  6. Serve: Serve the apple crumble hot with cream, custard, ice cream, or crème fraîche.

Mary Berry Apple Crumble

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Enjoy the classic comfort of Mary Berry’s Apple Crumble, a perfect blend of tender apples and a crunchy, sweet topping. This easy-to-make dessert is ideal for warming hearts and bringing smiles at any table.


  • For the topping:
  • 6 oz 6 plain flour

  • 2 oz 2 demarara sugar, plus a few pinches more for sprinkling

  • 4 oz 4 butter

  • For the apple mix:
  • 3 lb 3 5 oz of cooking apples

  • 1 oz 1 butter

  • 6 oz 6 light muscovado sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 390 degrees F/200 degrees C and get out a 10 inch round, ovenproof pie dish.
  • Peel the cooking apples, removing all of the skin, and then take out the cores and any pips. Next, roughly chop them into reasonably small cubes. The smaller the cubes are, the faster the apples will cook, but you want them to retain some texture. ½ inch cubes is a good estimate.
  • Place your apples in a pan with a wide base, and then add 2 tablespoons of water, plus 1 oz of butter, and cook on a gentle heat for about 6 minutes. Stir regularly to prevent sticking/burning. The apples should become fork-tender, at which point they are ready to remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the sugar, and set the pan aside to cool.
  • Cut the remaining butter into cubes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter, flour, and demerara sugar, reserving a little demerara sugar to sprinkle on the top of the crumble. Rub the butter into the sugar and flour using your hands, until you end up with a mix that resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Scoop the cold apple mix into your pie dish and spread it out until you have a reasonably level surface.
  • Sprinkle the crumble mixture across the top of the apple, creating a layer that fully covers the apple. Dust it with a little more demarara sugar to create a caramel effect.
  • Place the dish in your preheated oven, and cook it for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, reduce the temperature to 355 degrees F/180 degrees C, and then cook for another 20 minutes. The crumble should turn golden and bubbly. If your oven is a particularly hot one, reduce the timing slightly and check it after 15 minutes, not 20.
  • Serve hot with your favorite toppings! Creme fraiche, custard, cream, and ice cream all make wonderful accompaniments.


  • You’ll require a round, shallow, ovenproof pie dish measuring 25cm (10 inches) in diameter.

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Tips & Tricks

Of course, everybody wants to make the very best apple crumble out there, and with our tips and tricks, you can! Here are some things we would recommend you bear in mind as you make your delicious apple crumble:

  • Don’t worry if your apples aren’t cut up perfectly; it really doesn’t matter, and you don’t need to spend time getting them all the same size. As long as they are similar in size, they’ll cook evenly, and make you a delicious crumble!
  • Add a little cinnamon or nutmeg if you like a bit more warmth and flavor to your crumble, but don’t go crazy or you’ll lose the taste of the apples.
  • Keep the butter you need to cube cold, as this makes rubbing it into the flour and sugar a much easier process. If your butter is too warm, it melts in your fingers and becomes sticky and messy. Chilling your fingers by submerging them in cold water or holding a bag of frozen peas before you start can also help matters.
  • You can use a food processor on its pulse setting if you don’t want to mix the crumble by hand, but this involves more cleanup and is not as fun!


Can you freeze an apple crumble?

Yes, apple crumble freezes well, but it’s best to freeze it before baking it. When you are ready to use it, defrost it in the fridge, and then cook it in the oven as per the instructions above.

Can you add other fruits?

You can make a simple apple crumble even yummier by adding a few blackberries to the mix. You can either stew these with the apples or add them to the bowl before you add the topping. They bring a wonderful depth of flavor that many people love.

Should you refrigerate apple crumble?

Yes, leftovers should be placed in the fridge as soon as they have cooled. If you aren’t baking the crumble immediately, store it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.

How to store apple crumble?

To store Apple Crumble, let it cool to room temperature after baking. Then cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or transfer it to an airtight container. You can keep it at room temperature for 1-2 days or refrigerate it for up to 5 days. For best results, reheat in the oven or microwave before serving to maintain its texture and warmth.

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Apple crumble is the ultimate wintry dessert, and just thinking about it is enough to make the mouth water. This simple recipe is timeless, effective, and a great way to pack some fruit into your desserts!

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