It always starts with an idea … and this time, I wanted to do something simple and easy, bursting with fall flavors. And it had to have a crumble topping. That was a must.
I looked through cookbooks but ended up just winging my way through it.
I am so happy with the results — a Brown Butter Apple Crumble.
We poured the apples into the baking dish, a deep, oval one. Then we mixed up the topping and sprinkled it on. No sooner did we stop, then Paige ran off to play (actually saying so as she ran). It made me smile. While the crumble cooked, the sweet, warm scent of apples filled our home. The scent was amazing.
But the taste — oh the taste. That’s the part that set it apart from just another pleasant whiff wafting from the kitchen. The sweet, tender apples flood the plate, dotted with the rich bits of the brown butter crumble topping. Getting a bit of apple and crumble topping at the same time was enough to make you swoon … heck, I think Will did.
- 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup uncooked oats, not instant
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup salted butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Toss until well-combined.
- Add the apples to a deep oval baking dish. Spread out into an even layer.
- In a small bowl, stir together the oats, flour and brown sugar. Set aside.
- Heat the butter in a small pan until melted. Continue swirling over a medium flame until the butter turns a golden brown color. Remove from heat and stir into the oats mixture until well combined.
- Sprinkle the oats mixture over the apples.
- Slide the baking dish into the oven and cook for 45 minutes, until golden on top and bubbling at the sides. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.