Phil Vickery’s apple crumble recipe

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  • Nut-free
  • Vegetarian
serves: 4 - 6
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 35 min

Phil Vickery’s apple crumble is so cheap and easy to make – and it’s the perfect pudding when the weather’s turning colder.

Using apples, lemons, ground cinnamon and porridge oats, it’s got lots of healthy ingredients – and you could even add dried fruit too if you wanted to mix things up a bit.

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  • 4 large Bramley cooking apples
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 175g unrefined caster sugar
  • 2 pinches of ground cinnamon
  • 115g cold unsalted butter
  • 225g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 25g porridge oats


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Peel and core the apples and cut into large chunks.

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the lemon zest and juice, 175g sugar, cinnamon and then add the apples. Cook for 5 mins to soften slightly.

  • Tip into a large baking dish roughly 20cm square.

  • Place the cold butter and flour into a food processor and blitz until you have fine breadcrumbs.

  • Tip into a bowl and stir through the sugar carefully. Spoon over the top of the stewed apples and sprinkle over the oats.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 mins or until well-browned. Serve your apple crumble with custard and/or ice cream.

Top tip for making Phil Vickery’s apple crumble

"I am a coeliac (gluten free diet required) I adapted this recipe using Juvela Gluten free mix with Nairns gluten free oats and used Demarara sugar in the crumble mix along with the other ingredients required. I also used soft brown sugar to the apples instead of granulated."

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