Sophie’s Apple Crumble

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Have I got a special recipe for you!


My sister-in-law moved from London to America a few months ago, and she brought some great English recipes with her.  One of my favorites is Sophie’s Apple Crumble.


Which is AMAZING with vanilla ice cream!




  • 8 ounces of flour
  • Four ounces of unsalted butter (cold)
  • 5 ounces of sugar, separated into 3 ounces and 2 ounces
  • Two 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 pound of green cooking apples, thinly sliced into crescents and skin removed




  • Slice butter into flour, 3 ounces sugar, and cinnamon and mix first three ingredients until crumbly.
  • Bring large pot of water to boil, place apple slices in, and add 2 ounces of sugar.
  • Cook apples at boil for 5 – 10 minutes or until soft but still firm.
  • Drain apples and spread into bottom of greased casserole dish.  Sprinkle another dash of cinnamon on top.
  • Pack apples down and sprinkle on the crumbles.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until brown.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream!


Sophie’s Apple Crumble was part of a big congratulations feast for the Husband (he just finished grad school).


My plate included roasted yegetables, stir-fry squash, grilled red peppers… it was great!  (Sorry for the bluuuur!)


I also had a glass of Merlot, too.


Before coming over to my in-laws’ house, I went on a 5K (3.1 mile) run around the neighborhood.  I don’t know what I was thinking because it was SUPER HOT out and in the middle of the day!  I took a few walking breaks and finished up in 32:00 ish.  Good run, though!


Before my run, I snacked on cherries and crackers with almond butter.


And for lunch, I had roasted broccoli with a hummus sandwich.


The hummus sandwich had sundried tomatoes and arugula on it – my favorite way to make a hummus sammie!


Better get into bed… we’re driving to Charlotte in the AM!


What’s your family’s famous dish?  Do you have the recipe or does the cook hide it from everyone? 🙂



  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) May 31, 2010, 9:59 pm

    MMMMM crumble!!! Try rhubarb crumble, it’s amazing. Oooh,. ask the Husband to make you proper Yorkshire puds sometime too if you’ve never had them, I think they’re called popovers around here.
    Have a safe drive up here! It’s ironic – I’ll be driving down to Florida (just past Orlando!) on Sunday! 🙂
    Congrats again to your Husband!

  • Jenny May 31, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Ahh I love apple crumble! You should try it with pineapple sometime:)

  • M May 31, 2010, 10:04 pm

    I know we go over this every time you post a picture of your sister, but she is just beautiful! What a gorgeous family you have.

  • M May 31, 2010, 10:05 pm

    Um, obviously that includes you. But i feel like that goes without saying.

    • caitlin June 1, 2010, 9:12 am

      hahah thanks 🙂

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired May 31, 2010, 10:07 pm

    My mom has a recipe for sweet potato casserole that she only makes on holidays. It is the best sweet potato anything I’ve ever had. Have fun in Charlotte…it’s such a pretty city! And I’m kind of partial to NC ;).

  • emptynutjar May 31, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Happy for your hubby.
    Your SIL is very pretty.

  • Jolene ( May 31, 2010, 10:13 pm

    My family makes the best cinnamon buns, but I don’t have the actual recipe because no one measures. I am too scared to try making them in case they don’t turn out as good as my grandma’s/ aunt’s/ mom’s!

  • jenny May 31, 2010, 10:16 pm

    I think my family’s famous dish is… pumpkin chocolate chip cookies…which are the most AMAZING cookies in the world. So moist. My mama also makes a mean chocolate mousse. so rich and decadent!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 31, 2010, 10:22 pm

    My family is welsh and we make welsh cookies every Christmas which are griddled instead of baked. And we also make price of wales cake and welshman’s mess. Good stuff.

  • Mary May 31, 2010, 10:32 pm

    my family’s favorite dish is my dad’s lasagna with his home made spaghetti sauce 🙂 either that or the made from scratch spaghetti he makes with his home made sauce 🙂

    Good luck driving to NC tomorrow! I hope you and hus find a home quickly!

  • Lindsay May 31, 2010, 10:54 pm

    My mom has many great recipes, but she only cooks on holidays and parties. All of the recipes she makes are for her brain only and nothing written down!! I wish I could get them from her and I am slowly writing them down when I can!! 😉

  • Di May 31, 2010, 10:56 pm

    As a Brit I can tell she’s altered the recipe for American tastes, real Crumb;e doesn’t have cinnamon! Darn cinnamon is in everything in America! I don’t mind it but DANG it’s overpowering in some foods here!

    Try rhubarb, or strawberry/apple. Rhubarb is the best though, my husband LOVES rhubarb crumble!!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 31, 2010, 11:02 pm

    mmm crumble is such a great dessert! LOVE IT!

  • Wei-Wei May 31, 2010, 11:12 pm

    I love the word crumble in anything. And the word crumb, too. Do you have the imperial units for these (eg cups, tablespoons, etc)??


    • caitlin June 1, 2010, 9:13 am

      I do not…. But I bet you could use google to quickly translate it!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 31, 2010, 11:30 pm

    No good family dishes here. I loved moving out on my own so I could finally make all of my own food. My poor family, they just aren’t cooks!

    Although my grandma did bake some awesome breads when I was younger.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 31, 2010, 11:46 pm

    the apple crumble looks really good!
    so do all the roasted vegetables!
    I am not sure we have a family recipe- perhaps a the tomato based soup my grandmother always used to make

  • Camille May 31, 2010, 11:55 pm

    I love anything that my Stepmom bakes. I swear to you she is the world’s best baker… I’m not even being biased!

  • John June 1, 2010, 12:58 am

    I love a good apple crumble! I’d say my mom’s lasagna would have to be the most “famous”. We have it so often when we get together my dad’s getting tired of it while we can’t get enough.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 1, 2010, 1:04 am

    Our family recipe is the macaroni salad! You just need exactly the right proportions and do everything in the exact right order.

  • Denny June 1, 2010, 1:12 am

    the crumble topping can be easily made in a food processor – just toss the ingredients in and press the button. try making the crumble with brown sugar. and coconut. yummo!

  • jenny (green food diaries) June 1, 2010, 1:19 am

    i tried your combination of arugula + sundried tomatoes today. yum!

  • Claire June 1, 2010, 1:27 am

    My mom made a veganized apple berry crumble for dessert tonight! It was seriously delicious and based off of a tried and true Martha Stewart recipe. We don’t actually have any secret recipes, it is kinda crazy. I guess my mom relied on her trusty cookbooks a lot growing up so I will be creating some for the next generations if possible!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 1, 2010, 1:33 am

    Oh I love crumbld – my mum makes a really good rhubarb one 🙂 I think my gran’s chirstmas pudding is our secret family recipe…I hope one day I can make my own though, that’d be awesome – my family don’t have enough!
    Congrats to the husband again 🙂

  • Sarah June 1, 2010, 1:39 am

    Mmm that crumble looks delicious, but it needs to be with custard to be really British!! Congratulations to the husband 🙂

  • Sarah (GF vegan) June 1, 2010, 1:54 am

    I love apple crumble! I make a great vegan and gluten-free version with bits of dark chocolate in. Yum! x

  • Julia @ June 1, 2010, 4:51 am

    Thats a good ol’ English dish!

    Your sister in law is so cute.


  • Naomi June 1, 2010, 4:57 am

    I love crumble! You can add oats in with the flour too, and sub margarine to cut out dairy.

  • ashley June 1, 2010, 5:08 am

    yay caitlin! i’m glad i found your blog (started reading it after you did bike trip with jenna). and i am SO RELIEVED that you are vegetarian. i’m mostly vegan, and it’s much MORE FUN to read a blog with food that i could actually find myself eating. it’s like a breath of fresh air as many bloggers (with their nutritional certifications) have no clue as to what meat actually is. also, it’s awesome that your husband is going to school for chinese medicine. i’ve worked at many of the top hospitals in the country and think chinese medicine, plain and simple, kicks western medicine’s ass. i grew up in charlotte and went to school in chapel hill, so good luck there!

    • caitlin June 1, 2010, 9:14 am

      yay being veg AND alternative medicine 🙂 thank you for reading and i’ll need to look into that knee thing.

  • ashley June 1, 2010, 5:34 am

    PS-You should google ROLFING and go see a ROLFER. AND GET THAT BRACE OFF OF YOUR KNEE. A good rolfer can kick the best PT in the world’s ass when it comes to understanding the body. The best treatment for an injury is not rest. It’s figuring out what caused the injury in the first place. And with all of the repetitive motion exercises you do, your injuries are going to continue to stack up. If you develop an overuse injury, it is a result of a muscle imbalance and your body being out alignment. Seriously. You should look into this stuff. If you thought you wanted to be a PT, this will open your world up (in a much smarter comprehensive way).

  • Marieke June 1, 2010, 6:18 am

    owww apple crumble yum yum, my mum in law makes the best.

    I’m having some sundried tomato pate for lunch today, that should be good!

    Have a great day!

  • Christina June 1, 2010, 6:19 am

    mmmm mmm the apple crumble looks great, enjoy!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 1, 2010, 6:24 am

    That sounds delicious! I love cobblers and crumbles.

  • Mica June 1, 2010, 7:18 am

    Mmm, I do love crumble! Thanks to Sophie and to you for sharing the recipe!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 1, 2010, 8:30 am

    This looks fantastic. I love all desserts, but warm cobbler ranks high.

    My family’s most famous dish is turkey. My grandfather is a master at making it moist and so good. I’ve never tasted better.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) June 1, 2010, 8:44 am

    my friend gave me the best (as in fattiest) and easiest apple crumble recipe…haha: open a can of apple pie filling and put in a baking dish, open a box of cake mix and pour all over apple pie filling, drizzle all this with a stick of melted butter…then bake at 425 for 20 minutes. DELISH.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething June 1, 2010, 9:05 am

    love that recipe-thanks for sharing!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing June 1, 2010, 10:42 am

    I can’t honestly say our family has one of those recipes. I do, though. It’s my chicken and dumplings for sure!!

  • Amy @ForDGRedial June 2, 2010, 4:25 am

    Ask her to make you rhubarb crumble, plus some porridge oats and brown sugar make the crumble orgasmic!!


  • Jocelyn June 3, 2010, 6:55 am

    our famous family recipe that everyone drewls over come christmas is my grandma’s shortbread..they are soo different from store bought or from anyone else’s shortbread I have tried… She passed away last year, but I found her recipe and I made it this past christmas for everyone 🙂

  • Amanda Adams June 3, 2010, 11:40 am

    I’ve recently become a BIG FAN of sundried tomatoes. I don’t know what it is about them that makes my mouth water. And the pic of your sandwich is having the same effect!


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