Irish apple crumble is a delicious dessert made with sweetened apples, covered in a crumbly, oaty and buttery topping. It's usually served smothered in custard.
Have you ever wondered what Irish farmer's like to eat? Pondered over the dishes that make rural Ireland tick. Dreamed of creating a feast fit for a farmer?
Well today we're going to explore a new book where you'll find answers to all these mouth-watering questions, and we'll delve into a big bowl of Irish apple crumble, thanks to Lorna Sixsmith's tried and true family recipe.
To kick off Lorna's book blog tour, I'm delighted to introduce her new book, How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife, with a giveaway for a copy of her rural Irish handbook. Stay tuned for details of how to enter at the end of this post, but first let's learn ....
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How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife
Lorna created this guide for farm wives and girlfriends, husbands and boyfriends, and country lovers everywhere. She answers important questions big and small for rural dwellers like ...
How can you feed eight contractors with ten minutes’ notice?
How can you get along with your mother-in-law (especially if she is an Irish Mammy)?
How do you win awards at agricultural shows?
How do you prepare a chicken for the table?
The answer to these questions may seem trivial to city folk, but for those who dwell on a farm, the answers are often the keys to successful living in the country.
Let's face it - cooking is an important skill for anyone living any distance from a grocery store. And Irish farm wives and husbands have long been able to cook tasty fare in double quick time, using the ingredients in their pantry. Here's what Lorna has to say ...
"Irish farm dinners have a well-deserved and long reputation of being wholesome, nutritious, meaty, large and home-cooked. Traditionally they are plates heaped with slices of meat, multiple scoops of mashed potato and at least two vegetables, all swimming in gravy. Wholesome desserts are smothered with lashings of custard or full cream.
That is exactly what happens on dinner tables around the country most days of the week. Wholesome – yes; nutritious – yes; need to exercise or engage in physical activity to work it off – yes. If you’re thinking that you will put on weight with this lifestyle, you might be right. At least the regular consumption of takeaways and fast food is limited due to the distance from town to farm."
How To Be Self-Sufficient?
Here's Lorna's advice ....
"Our fore-mothers harvested potatoes. They grew carrots, turnips and parsnips. They planted onions, lettuce and broad beans. Some ground their own flour. They baked bread daily and cakes frequently. They had hens for eggs, chickens for the table and cows for milk. They made their own butter and butchered their own pig each year. While they didn’t have much money to buy goods from shops, there was good food on the table. As the proverb says, a cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle."
A perfect farm wife plans the meals for the week before she goes grocery shopping. This reduces waste and ensures she isn’t missing a crucial ingredient in the middle of cooking a meal. The expression “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is as pertinent for efficient planning of family meals as a business."
Farm Recipes With Preparation Tips And Tricks
If you're searching for recipes to appeal to any busy farmer's palate then this book is wonderful.
Lorna includes her family favorites including shepherd's pie or cottage pie, how to cook a perfect roast with easy to prepare side dishes, and tips for quick, make-ahead desserts.
She even includes a chapter with instructions on how to pack a picnic to feed hungry workers in the field.
In America we make fruit crisps and cobblers, but in Ireland crumble is our go-to, easy-to-make comfort dessert.
In fact, crumble may be one of the easiest and most reliable desserts to prepare, with success simply guaranteed. It can be made in advance, stored and cooked when needed.
Adaptation of the basic recipe is a cinch. You can simply use ingredients you have at hand, using whatever fruit is in season. Since fall is upon us I thought I would make Lorna's apple crumble for you today.
In this recipe the ingredients for the crumble mix itself can be varied to your liking. Lorna sometimes uses just plain flour, and at other times adds wholemeal flour and oatmeal. In today's recipe I used a combo of plain flour and oatmeal as the crumble base.
Ingredients for Apple Crumble
Here's a list of what you will need to make apple crumble. You'll find a recipe card with exact quantities where you can toggle between Metric and US measurements.
- all-purpose flour
- brown sugar
- Granny Smith apples or 2 large Bramley cooking apples if you're in Ireland or the UK.
- sugar to sweeten apples
I use salted butter purely because it was the only type of butter that was available in Ireland when I was growing up in Dublin.
I confess I never even heard of unsalted butter until I came to America. Unsalted butter is now available in Irish supermarkets.
Some cooks toss the apples in lemon juice to stop them browning, but I skip this step. The key is to make the topping first and then prepare the apples. The dry ingredients are rubbed together and set aside in a medium bowl while the apples are prepared. That way the apples are not left sitting and turning brown before being sealed by the topping.
The best apples for this easy apple crumble recipe are Bramley cooking apples which are very tart and sold all over Ireland for baking. In America I use Granny Smith apples for their tart flavor and bite, and I find they best replicate the apple filling of my childhood apple crumbles.
I add some oats or oatmeal to the dry ingredients. Some people even add chopped nuts and even a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. I omit these additions to make a more traditional Irish apple crumble.
Apple Crumble Recipe Card
Here is the printable recipe for Irish Apple Crumble. You can switch between American and Metric ingredient measurements using the tabs below the ingredient list.
Irish Apple Crumble
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 4 ounces butter 1 stick
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 4 Granny Smith apples or 2 large Bramley cooking apples
- ¼ cup sugar to sweeten apples
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl.
- Rub the flour and the butter together with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the brown sugar and oats. Set the crumble aside to prepare the apples.
- Grease a 1.5 quart oven-proof dish.
- Peel and slice the apples.
- Layer the fruit and sugar in the base of the dish.
- Spread the crumble mix over the top. Cook a 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Serve with cream, hot custard or ice cream.
Nutrition Information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
This dessert is a true taste of Ireland and is delicious served with hot custard.
This can be made using a store bought mix, or it can be made from scratch. Here's my recipe for hot custard sauce.
Other serving ideas include topping a bowl of golden brown apple crumble with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a big dollop of freshly shipped cream.
How To Buy The Book
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If you would like to purchase Lorna's book it's available from her website:
It's also available from Kennys Bookshop in Ireland with free shipping worldwide.
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Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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