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Grandma’s easy apple crumble pie (or cake)

It doesn't matter how you call it! If you have one bowl, some apples and a grater you can make this easy apple crumble pie (or cake) in no time!
Course Brunch, Dessert, Snack, Sweet
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword apple, crumble, milk pie, recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 480 kcal
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 3 3/4 cups (500 grams) all purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons (20 grams) baking powder
  • 2 sticks (250 grams) room temperature butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 – 5 apples, depending on how much apple filling you want
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar (I use half brown and half caster)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Some icing sugar for dusting
  • A greased 10-inch (25 cm) pan with a removable bottom works best, but you can also use a plain pan.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. In a large bowl, mix with a fork the flour, sugar and baking powder. Add the butter and mix until crumbly. Add the egg and vanilla and mix again until a soft, crumbly dough forms. Don’t overdo it.

  3. Divide the dough into three equal parts, and put the one third, wrapped with some cling film, in the refrigerator.

    Take the remaining two thirds and press pieces of dough on the pan with your hands. Cover the bottom and a little up the sides, like a tart. When completely covered, smooth it out with a spoon.

  4. In the same bowl (without cleaning it, it doesn’t matter) shred the apples, using the side of your grater with the big holes. I leave the skin on, but you can peel them if you want. During this process, drizzle them now and then with some lemon juice.

    When you finish shredding them, squish them between your hands to get rid of the excess juices. Add the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. This will bring out some more juices, but that’s OK.

  5. Fill the pan with the apples and juices.

    Take the rest of the dough from the refrigerator and crumble it with your hands over the filling. Some crumbs will be big and others smaller. That’s the beauty of it!

  6. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until golden on top.

    Cool and sprinkle with some powdered sugar and cinnamon.


Recipe Notes

Make sure to also check these white chocolate and apple crumble muffins!