Apple Crumble

My grandma has three apple trees in her garden. One of them makes outstandingly sweet apples. My grandma calls the sort “white cinnamon”. I have no idea if that’s its real name, but it definitely suits it. Every autumn I would ride my bike to my grandma’s place every other day just for a cup of tea and then to collect a basketful of just those apples. And then I would ride back in the twilight, through the crisp cold air and at home I would go straight to the kitchen and make a big batch of hot apple crumble.

But that hasn’t only been our tradition when living in Finland. We’ve been doing that for all my life, only that when living in Germany my mum and I always rode our bikes to the local farmer, not to my granny. But the autumnal feeling has always been the same. It’s cold outside, but in our kitchen everything smells of apples, cinnamon, vanilla. My childhood memories still come up every single time I make my apple crumble, and I make it several times per week at the moment! Right now I’m so lucky to have an apple tree in our garden, and as I always make way more apples than crumble, this dessert isn’t even too unhealthy!

And as it’s the recipe I’ve been asked for most in my whole life – here it comes!




8-10 apples

1/2 cup margarine *
3 cups oats (I usually take 2 cups rolled oats and 1 cup instant oats)
1 cup flour (spelt or wheat)
1 cup brown sugar or sugar beet molasses
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tsp cinnamon

* by cups I mean small coffee cups of about 100ml (equals 1/2 mug)

How to

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut the apples into slices. I have an apple slicer which is incredibly helpful! Place the apples into a heat-resistant glass bowl or casserole form. If you like, you can add some raisins!
  3. Put the apples into the microwave or the preheated oven for about 10 minutes to soften.
  4. Melt the margarine and add the dry ingredients. If they don’t stick at all, add a little water.
  5. When the apples have softened a little, add the crumble on top. Make sure it is nice and loose.
  6. Put the form back into the oven, until you can see the apples cooking in their own liquid and until the crumble gets crunchy. That should take about 20-30mins.
  7. Enjoy hot with vanilla sauce or vanilla ice cream!


autumn dessert




  1. 08/10/2016 / 23:33

    Snapchat sent me :) can not wait to try it :)

  2. Bernarda
    08/10/2016 / 09:47

    Snapchat sent me 💙 I love it! We make very similar at home. And it’s delicious!

    • 08/10/2016 / 11:43

      Oh so what is yours like? Let me know! I would love to try variations!

  3. tanja
    08/10/2016 / 08:17

    Snapchat sent me! Thanks so much for the recipe, it look delicious in your snaps. I will try it soon :)

    • 08/10/2016 / 11:39

      Oh thank you so much! I can’t wait to hear if you liked it!

  4. Li
    08/10/2016 / 06:07

    Snapchat sent me! Thank you for posting the recipe, your snaps of you making the crumble definitely made me want to try it and was wondering how you made it. Definitely will try it sometime:))

    • 08/10/2016 / 11:34

      I am really excited to hear how it went and if you like it!

  5. Sara
    07/10/2016 / 23:22

    Snapchat sent me 😍 Ihanaa, oman puun omenat on parhaita! Pitää koittaa tehdä tällä sun reseptillä, tänä syksynä oon leiponut vasta yhden piirakan. Tosin meidän omppupuussa on jäljellä enää n. 10 omenaa 🙁

    • 08/10/2016 / 11:33

      Reseptissähän lukee 8-10 omenaa, joten meni just nappiin 😉 Meidänkin omenat just loppu, mutta Siwassa oli onneks tarjous jolla sai kilon omenoita 99 sentillä, jee! Kerro sitten maistuiko!

  6. Mery
    07/10/2016 / 22:40

    I’m doing very similar version to yours, but owning to the fact that I’m vegan, I’m doing it with coconut oil (instead margarine). When it’s not apple time, I’m doing it with other fruit for example with raspberries or currants and it’s nice to! All best 💛💛

    • 08/10/2016 / 11:40

      My margarine is vegan! It’s just plant margarine, as always in Finland! I wouldn’t use coconut oil because the tropical coconut wouldn’t fit the other rather rustic flavours in my opinion, but the raspberries sound amazing! I once made it with half apples/half rhubarbs, that was so good too!

  7. 07/10/2016 / 21:52

    Niin paras syksyinen herkku! Kerran vasta olen tänä syksynä tehnyt, pitää varmaan huomenna taas heti :) Vaikka tällä ohjeella..

    • 08/10/2016 / 11:41

      Miksikä sitä teillä muuten sanotaan? Omenahyve? Omenapaistos? Omenapai? Ja olisi ihana kuulla maistuiko!

  8. Anja
    07/10/2016 / 20:43

    This looks just amazing!!! I definitely have to try it. And –> snapchat sent me 😉

    • 08/10/2016 / 11:42

      Thank you Anja! I would love to hear if you liked it!

  9. Lena
    07/10/2016 / 20:32

    Snapchat sent me :) but i am waiting for the german recipe 😉