Do you like apple crumble? With layers of cinnamon apples topped with crunchy crumble, who wouldn’t want to dig into this? While I love making this dish, I was trying to come up with a way to present this in a different way. I usually make apple crumble in a large baking dish. So I tried making individual apple crumble with small ramekins. Then I had an idea, what if I replace the small ramekins with an edible cup? The light bulb lit up and this is how my apple crumble baked in apple cups were born. I’m sure this is not a new idea but I was so excited when I thought of the idea. If you’re looking to amp up this comforting dessert, then give this recipe a try!
Apple Crumble in Apple Cups…with Ice Cream!
I usually make this dessert using whatever apples I can find at the supermarket. Galas, Red Delicious, Fuji or Honeycrisp are my go-to varieties. The most time-consuming component in this dish is making the apple cups. To hollow out the apples, I cut off the top and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the edges or you might crack the apple. Keep the chunks of apple flesh for the apple crumble.
I always top my apple crumble with ice cream. The cold ice cream gives such a nice contrast to the warm apple crumble. This is optional but I highly recommend you serve this dish with ice cream!
Take the humble dessert up a notch by making apple crumble baked inside an apple cup!
- 2 medium apples I used Fuji apples in the photo
- 1 small apple I used Gala apple
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1.5 tbsp salted butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- ice cream for serving optional
- 3 tbsp rolled oats
- 2 tbsp flour
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp salted butter, melted
Combine the topping ingredients: oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Add in the butter and mix until everything is combined. If the mixture feels dry add a bit more melted butter.
Peel and chop the small apple into chunks. For the 2 medium apples, cut off the top and use a spoon to carefully scoop out the flesh and core to make a "bowl" out of the apple. Don't get too close to the skin or you'll crack the apple. Add the chunks of apple flesh to the chopped apple pile or eat it on their own.
Melt the butter in a pan and add in the chopped apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, about 8-10 minutes. While the apples are cooking, preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking tray with foil or parchment.
Place the apple bowls on the baking tray, fill them with the cooked apple pieces and top them generously with the crumble topping. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crumble topping is crispy. Serve warm with ice cream.
- I find that one small apple plus pieces taken from the apple cups are enough to fill 2 apple cups. However, chopping a whole apple is easier and look nicer. So if you are not going to use the bits and pieces of apple flesh taken from the apple cups, use one extra small apple.