Apple crumble
Place of originEngland
Main ingredientsStewed fruit, butter, cinnamon, flour, sugar
Savoury: meat, vegetables, sauce, cheese

A crumble is typically a dessert with a crumbly topping consisting of flour, butter, sugar, and sometimes oats, baked over a fruit filling. Apple and rhubarb are two popular varieties. Savoury fillings such as meat, cheese or vegetables may alternatively be used. As a dessert, crumbles are traditionally served with custard, cream, or ice cream.[1]

An apple crumble recipe involving a simple streusel topping appeared in the Canadian Farmer's Magazine in February 1917.[2] Crumbles became popular in Britain during World War II, when the topping was an economical alternative to pies due to shortages of pastry ingredients as the result of rationing.[3] Crumbles in varying forms are common in Britain, Ireland, and across the Commonwealth of Nations. While the dish is also found in the US, a similar dessert known as an "apple crisp" bears the same name in American English.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ "The Food Timeline: History Notes-Puddings. Mary Berry Apple Crumble". 21 January 2024. Retrieved 9 February 2024.
  2. ^ "The Month's Recipes – Apple Crumble". Farmer's Magazine. Toronto: MacLean Publishing Co. Ltd.: 53 February 1917. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  3. ^ Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hugh (18 October 2008). "Simply the best". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  4. ^ Jason McDonald, December 29, 2008; CanadianLiving, July 6, 2015
  5. ^ Grunes, Barbara J. (1991). Puddings and Pies: traditional desserts for a new generation. Camden: Yankee Books. pp. 136–137. ISBN 0-89909-329-9. OCLC 1259668500.