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Grandma’s apple crumble pie (easy recipe)

Some call it apple crumble pie, others call it apple crumb cake. This is my grandma's recipe and it's so easy, you only need a bowl, a grater, and a baking pan!

Course Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Greek, Mediterranean, sweet
Keyword apple, cake, crumble, 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


For the crumble/dough

  • 3 3/4 cups (500 grams) all purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons (20 grams) baking powder
  • 1 cup (200 grams) white sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 sticks (250 grams) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg

For the filling

  • 4 – 5 large apples (depending on how much apple filling you want
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (200 grams) white sugar - or half light brown and half white
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

For serving

  • icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line with baking paper a 10 inch (25 cm) round baking pan.

  2. Make the dough: In a large bowl, mix the flour, the sugar, and the baking powder. Add the butter and mix until crumbly. Add the egg and the vanilla and mix again until a soft dough forms. Don’t overmix.

  3. Divide the dough into three equal parts. Set the one part aside for later. Take the remaining dough and press it onto the surface of the baking pan with your hands. Cover the bottom and a little up the sides, like a tart.

  4. Make the filling: shred the apples inside a bowl, using the side of your grater with the big holes (you can leave their skin on or you can peel them). Drizzle them with the lemon juice and squish them between your hands to get rid of the excess juices. Transfer them to another bowl, add the sugar and the cinnamon and mix well (this will bring out some more juices, but that’s ok).

  5. Fill the pan with the apple mixture.

    With your hands, crumble the rest of the dough over the filling.

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

    Let the apple crumble pie cool, invert on a rack and re-invert onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with some powdered sugar and cinnamon before serving.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

In the video, I tested the recipe with coconut sugar instead of light brown sugar, but I don't recommend it because coconut sugar has an intense flavor that alters the taste of the filling. I recommend using white sugar for the dough and white or half white and half light brown sugar for the filling.

Ingredients for an 8-inch (20 cm) round pan:

  • 300 grams flour (2 cups plus 3 tablespoons)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 135 grams sugar (2/3 cups)
  • 160 grams butter (2/3 cups)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 small egg
  • 3 apples
  • 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 135 grams sugar (2/3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


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