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Air Fryer Apple Crumble

Did you know you can make an apple crumble in an air fryer?

Apple crumble is a staple British pudding; it’s certainly a regular in our house.

It’s one of those recipes that doesn’t take too long to prepare and not that long to bake, which is why I was so excited to try it out in the air fryer.

apple crumble in a white bowl next to a red kitchen towel with the rest of the apple crumble in the air fryer silicone liner

How To Make Apple Crumble In An Air Fryer

The quantity of apple crumble you can make will depend on the size of your air fryer.

I originally made this recipe in my first ever air fryer, which was a Philips, with a capacity of 4 litres. I’ve recently made it again in a Ninja Foodi Dual Air Fryer – in one of the drawers – with a capacity of 4.75 litres, so there is not too much difference.

What You Need:

two bramley apples, flour, butter, sugar in pots ready to make an air fryer apple crumble
  • Bramley apples – I use between two and three apples, depending on their size.
  • Plain flour – I use 250g of plain flour.
  • Cinnamon – this is optional; I love adding a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the crumble mixture.
  • Butter – I use 150g of butter.
  • Sugar – I use 75g of brown sugar. I only add it to the crumble mixture; you could add a little to the apples, too if you want to, but I personally prefer to leave them as they are.

What Apples Are Best For Cooking?

I prefer Bramley Apples for apple crumbles, but you could also use Granny Smiths.

This recipe took two large Bramley apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into small chunks. You could use three apples if it doesn’t look like you have enough.

two Brmaley apples being peeled and prepared for chopping

I didn’t boil them first, but you can if you prefer the softer texture that comes from boiling them.

I added the chopped apples straight to the air fryer liner/baking tin that fits in the air fryer and sprinkled two tablespoons of water over the top.

I used this silicone air fryer liner from Amazon.

chunks of chopped up Bramley apples in an air fryer silicone liner

I air-fried them at 180°C for 15 minutes, shaking them twice – once at the 5-minute mark and once at the 10-minute mark.

While the apples were in the air fryer, I prepared the crumble mixture. In this updated recipe, I make the crumble in a food processor to save time (and effort!), but you can use your hands too.

Using A Food Processor For Making Crumble

Add the flour, cinnamon and butter chunks to a food processor and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

butter, flour, sugar and cinnamon in a Ninja Food Processor

Be careful not to over-process them, or you will end up with a mixture that is too fine. Not only will this change the end result of the crumble texture, but some of the mixture will also fly about the air fryer as it will be too light!

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processed crumble mixture in a Ninja food processor

Making The Crumble Mixture By Hand

I think this method produces a better end result, even if it is a little bit more work 😉

Add the butter cubes, flour and cinnamon to a bowl and, using your hands, mix everything together until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Add The Crumble To The Cooked Apples

By now, the apples should have softened up in the air fryer. Open the air fryer and pour the crumble over the top of the apples, levelling it out with a fork if necessary.

These are the pictures of me making an apple crumble in a dual-basket air fryer.

And previously, I made the same apple crumble recipe in a Philips air fryer. Basically, this recipe can be adapted for any air fryer.

Bramley apples chopped up and in a baking tin

Close the air fryer and cook for a further ten to twelve minutes or until the crumble has crisped up.

cooked apple crumble in a Philips air fryer
Apple crumble cooked in a Philips Air Fryer

Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remember, some air fryers cook at different speeds than others.

green silicone spatula cutting up a cooked apple crumble in a silicone air fryer basket

What To Serve With Apple Crumble

Serve the apple crumble with ice cream, custard, cream or by itself.

Apple Crumble close up

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apple crumble in an air fryer basket liner

Air Fryer Apple Crumble

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Apple Crumble is a staple British pudding; it’s quick and easy to prepare and is simple to cook in an air fryer!

Ingredients

  • 2 large Bramley apples
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150g butter
  • 75g brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the apples into small chunks and place them in an air fryer safe baking tin. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water over the top of them.
  2. Air fryer at 180°C for 15 minutes, or until the apple chunks soften.
  3. While the apples are in the air fryer, you can make the crumble mixture. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and butter. Using your hands, rub it together until it resembles breadcrumbs and then add the sugar and ground cinnamon, stirring it in. Alternatively, you can use a food processor but be careful not to over-process; the crumble needs to have enough texture and not be too fine.
  4. When the apples are ready, add the crumble mixture on top.
  5. Close the air fryer basket and continue to air fry at the same temperature for a further 10 minutes, checking on it to make sure it isn't burning. When the crumble is crispy and golden, it is ready.
  6. Tastes great with custard or ice cream.

Notes

Instead of using the air fryer, you can also soften the apples in a pan and some water on the stove.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

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Claire

Saturday 30th of September 2023

Hi, could this also be made using pears instead? If so how many and should the cooking time be adjusted? Thanks xx

Liana Green

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Hi Claire - I've not tried pears before but there is no reason why you couldn't. I would use the same amount and keep the cooking time the same - let me know how it goes!

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