Warm, gooey, fresh out-of-the-oven apple and cherry crumble. Apple and sour cherry filling topped with a brown sugar, cinnamon and rolled oats layer. Then baked until golden and crispy. Served warm with a scoop of ice cream.
Crumble recipes are so easy to make and hard to mess up. They are the perfect weeknight dessert. If you like this crumble recipe, try this strawberry & apple crisp.
Which apples are best for apple crumble?
Generally speaking, Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Honeycrisp apples are the best for baking. They have a tartness and crispness that tastes absolutely delicious in any sort of crumble, crisp or cobbler. Even better is a combination of these apples. Other notable mentions include golden delicious, winesap, gala, or fuji apples.
What cherries are best for baking?
This recipe uses sour cherries, which are typically the type of cherry used in pies, tarts and other baked goods. Sweet cherries, on the other hand, are most often the type of cherry eaten raw, on its own. However, this recipe will still work with sweet cherries, it just may be a little more sweet.
Outside of the summer months, it can be hard to find fresh sour cherries, but you can probably find frozen ones, which is what I often use for this recipe. They work just as well and guarantee you can make this crumble any time of the year.
- Apples — Use Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Honeycrisp apples for the best results. Slightly overripe apples are ok.
- Sour Cherries — If it’s the time of year where you can find fresh sour cherries, use those. If not, you can find frozen ones year round, which work just as well. As mentioned above, this recipe works best with sour cherries, but if needed, you could use sweet cherries instead.
- Lemon Juice — Fresh lemon juice brings out the cherry and apple flavors.
- Vanilla Extract, Granulated Sugar — These add a bit of sweetness and flavor to the filling layer.
- All Purpose Flour — This prevents the fruit filling layer from becoming too liquidy.
- Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Salt — For flavor and sweetness in the crumble topping.
- Butter — Butter adds enough liquid to make the crumble topping stick together.
- Rolled Oats — These add both taste and texture for a delicious crumble topping.
How to make the apple and cherry crumble:
- Prep. Preheat the oven to 350F. For this recipe you will need an 8x8 baking dish. You don’t need to do anything to prepare the dish, the crumble won’t stick to the bottom.
- Make the Filling. Peel the apples and cut them into chunks. Make sure the chunks are evenly sized so they will cook at the same rate. If using fresh cherries, pit them. Cut half of the cherries in half and keep the rest whole. In a large bowl, cover the cherries and apples with the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Then stir in the granulated sugar and flour until evenly combined.
- Make the Topping. Melt the butter and mix it with the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Then add the rolled oats and stir until evenly mixed.
- Assemble the crumble. Add the filling in an even layer over the bottom of the 8x8 baking dish. Layer the crumble topping evenly on top.
- Bake. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the topping is golden and crispy. Let the crumble cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. This will allow the filling to thicken up. Serve warm, (with ice cream), enjoy!