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My Mum’s Authentic Irish Apple Crumble

4.79 from 61 votes
Apple Crumble is such a lovely dessert and it was a staple at home growing up in Ireland. My mum and I will show you our favorite recipe!
A bowl of Irish Apple Crumble with cream on top.

Hi Bold Bakers!

I have a super soft spot in my heart for this Irish Apple Crumble recipe. This traditional Irish apple crumble is actually the very first dessert I baked with the Original Bold Baker, my mum, way back when in our family kitchen. With my four siblings and me, you can imagine how much baking my mum has done—food has always been my family’s hobby! 

In fact, when I originally shared the video of this recipe, I was back home in Ireland for the holidays, cooking this apple crumble with my mum. You really can’t beat simple Irish cooking with really good ingredients. 

Irish Apple Crumble in a bowl next to cream and a spoon.

I love crumbles, especially this Irish Apple Crumble, because they’re great to scoop into a bowl and enjoy during colder weather, and they’re all super easy to make. Try other fruits, like strawberry and rhubarb during the summer, or another one of my all-time favorites, pear and chocolate crisp.

This recipe is also now a part of my Bold Baking Worldwide series! Try some of my other latest recipes from around the world: Gooey Butter Cake, Sourdough English Muffins, English Sticky Toffee Pudding.

What Is Irish Apple Crumble?

This Irish Apple Crumble is the very same recipe that my mom made us when we were kids. It is made with very tart, bitter apples that get sprinkled with sugar and covered with a crumble mixture. The apples bake down into a warm, delicious, sweet mixture, and the crumble bakes to be crispy. It’s a humble dessert, but the flavor and texture combination can’t be beaten. 

A spoon serving Irish Apple Crumble.

What You Need To Make Irish Apple Crumble

How To Make Irish Apple Crumble

This recipe comes together in no time and bakes in less than an hour. During that hour, your whole house becomes filled with the most delicious scent of baking apples. Here is how you make a tried and true Irish Apple Crumble (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below)::

  1. Peel, core, and chop your apples into small chunks and put them into an 8×8-inch ovenproof dish. To stop the apples from brown, squeeze fresh lemon juice on top. (It’s okay if they brown, it won’t affect the taste at all.) Sprinkle the sugar over the apples. 
  2. Make the crumble topping by putting the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add in the cold butter and use your hands (or a pastry blender) to rub the butter until the mixture looks like large breadcrumbs. You want both big and small pieces of butter to remain. Pour the crumble on top of the apples.
  3. Bake the crumble at 350°F (180°C) for 35-45 minutes, or until it is nicely browned on top and the apples are bubbling.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Irish Apple Crumble

  • Use crisp, fresh apples. Otherwise, the apples become too mushy when baked. The best apples to use are tart ones, like Granny Smith, to balance out the sweetness of the sugar. 
  • Taste your ingredients! Take a taste of the apples you plan on using and adjust how much sugar you think the recipe needs. Don’t be afraid to change the amount!
  • Good, quality ingredients really let this dessert shine. I would highly recommend buying good quality butter. Kerrygold is a wonderfully delicious Irish butter that you can find in some US stores. 

A close-up of a bowl of apple crumble with fresh cream on top.

How Do I Store Irish Apple Crumble?

Crumbles are best the day they are made because the crumble won’t have the time to get mushy from the baked apples. However, any leftover Irish Apple Crumble can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

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My Mum's Authentic Irish Apple Crumble Recipe

4.79 from 61 votes
My Mum's Apple Crumble recipe is such a lovely dessert and it was a staple at home growing up in Ireland. My mum and I will show you our favorite recipe!
Author: Patricia Stafford
Servings: 6 people
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
My Mum's Apple Crumble recipe is such a lovely dessert and it was a staple at home growing up in Ireland. My mum and I will show you our favorite recipe!
Author: Patricia Stafford
Servings: 6 people


  • 4 medium cooking apples (Bramley or granny smith)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) granulated sugar/ caster sugar (divided)
  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) all-purpose/plain flour
  • ½ cup (3oz/85g) butter (cold and cubed)


  • Peel, core, and chop the apples into 1-2cm chunks.
  • Put the apples into an 8 x 8-inch ovenproof dish. Toss in some lemon juice to stop it from going brown. Sprinkle over the sugar
  • Place the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the cold butter and use your hands (or a pastry blender) to rub in the butter until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs. Pour this evenly on top of the apples. (The crumble topping can be made a day in advance and it can also be frozen.)
  • Bake the crumble at 350°F (180°C) for 35-45 minutes or until nicely browned on top and the apples are bubbling. Enjoy hot with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream. Enjoy!


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8 months ago

This was such a wonderful and easy recipe. The end result was delicious and so fancy looking for my parents who had never had apple crumble before. I tricked them into believing I am an amazing cook 😁. Thanks for this recipe!

1 year ago

Hi Gemma!!
Baked your apple crumb today and it turned out to be really good.
Everybody in my family liked it and enjoyed it with homemade ice cream.
But unfortunately couldn’t click a picture of my bold bake:)

Susan M Woo
Susan M Woo
19 days ago

My crumble is always more pastry, so this time i set it in the frig a few minutes and it crumbled better. My house is warm so i guess the butter is getting warm too fast

Jodie Sargent
Jodie Sargent
27 days ago

Having been born in Belfast NI and spent my Uni and grad school as well as early professional life there as well I have always been a massive fan of a lovely Crumble . Your Mums recipe is pretty much the same as my Mums ( Both so yummy) I have taken to tweek it a bit by adding blackberries and fresh warm Custard . I now spend all months of the year working in Rwanda East Africa where my colleagues are beyond grateful for so many of your wonderful recipes . Unfortunately I could get the picture to atttatch… Read more »

7 months ago

My favorite dessert. It’s been a tradition in my home every St. Patrick’s Day ever since you first posted with your mum six years years ago. It’s warm, not too sweet, and has a lovely buttery shortbread crumble. What a comforting way to say goodbye to winter. We have it warm with cream or ice cream. It’s perfect.

Last edited 7 months ago by Denise
7 months ago

This is exactly how I make my apple crumble, but here in England I always serve mine with custard. My hubby loves it so much he will eat more than half the crumble to himself! Also, I cannot get over how much you look like your mammy! Both beautiful, inside and out!

7 months ago

This is almost exactly what I do for my apple crumble! How cool is that? I love your recipes and this one from your mum is so close to mine it just makes me happy. The only difference with mine is that I use brown sugar in place of granulated sugar. Yum!

7 months ago

Hi Gemma,
It’s so wonderful watching you and your mom making this and how she treasures and uses the same baking dish for forty years, without breaking it when there were 5 kids in the house. Anyways, I have been making apple crumple since I was a teenager, I always added rolled oats to the topping and lots of cinnamon, and only used brown sugar, That was our traditional way of making it, leftovers were for breakfast with warm milk, Hope to see more of you and your mom baking together! Thank-you for sharing the video,

9 months ago

Hi Gemma,
The Recipe On Your Website And The Video’s Description Box Are Different!
Some Of The Ingredients Have Different Measurements
(Like 3/4 Cup Butter In The Description And 1/2 Cup Butter On Your Website)
Can You Please Check This Because I’m Going To Make The One On Your Website.

10 months ago

Hi Gemma,
What Do You Recommend I Make This In?
(9 Inch Pie Pan, 8×8 Square Pan, 9 Inch Cake Pan)

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