I Wish For Apple Crumble

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Yesterday was my father-in-law’s birthday.

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Well, I should say that yesterday was my father-in-law’s birthday celebration because his actual birthday was several weeks ago – this was just the first opportunity we had to get together and celebrate outside of work.


I was pretty pumped because a party at my in-laws’ house means that either my mother-in-law or sister-in-law will make Sophie’s Famous Apple Crumble


Trust me – the English version of apple crumble is way better than the American version (less syrupy sweet, more apple).  She made this version gluten-free with some sort of gluten-free general baking flour (not sure which type).


Plus, a BBQ.


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I will never forget the time the Husband was cooking on their BBQ and it spontaneously burped out a giant fireball, burning off his eyelashes and eyebrows.  It’s been well over five years, and I still refuse to go near that thing.  


Dessert included small slices of the apple crumble and the cake that I made using this mix.  Anything covered in chocolate frosting is good, but the actual cake itself was kind of meh.  Wouldn’t buy again.


This was Henry’s first trip to someone else’s house!  He had fun and was wide awake the entire time.  It appears that 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM are his witching hours.  He wants to squirm, babble, and eat the entire time. 


And, on the way home, we saw these dog houses for sale.  We might go back and get one for James.  I think he’d sit in it.  I think Maggie would just bark at it.


Happy Tuesday!  Is it really only Tuesday?!



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 3, 2012, 8:52 am

    So many firsts for Henry – that apple crumble looks amazing! I like crumbles and crisps much more than pies! 🙂

  • Kelly July 3, 2012, 8:56 am

    I think everything is better in England! ha! I was lucky enough to visit London this past year and I am destined to move there on day! But I thought everything was better! 🙂 One day I ordered hummus and literally groaned it was so good. I can only imagine how much better an apple crumble would taste!

  • Janae @ Bring-Joy July 3, 2012, 8:56 am

    That grilled corn looks pretty fantastic.

    I think I would like the English apple crumble better than the American version too. I always want more apple, less sugar, and more crumble. I kind of forgot about apple crumble, but now that I think of it, what a great dessert for the fourth. After all, what’s more American than apple pie?

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 3, 2012, 9:04 am

    Aw! Henry’s first birthday celebration! I bet the in-laws loved having him around for a birthday! 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 3, 2012, 9:11 am

    Oh wow what a feast! I agree with you on the English apple crumble thing- so much more of an apple taste. Love it! I can sympathize with the Husband on the fireball thing. I had a similar experience with a gas stove that had been on all day (unbeknownst to me) unlit. Hair on my arms, eyebrow, and eyelashes… POOF! Luckily it all grew back (although I could do without the hair on my arm and be quite happy!)

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles July 3, 2012, 9:12 am

    I wonder what Henry’s thinkIng as he’s watching everything! (not that baby’s think like we do, but you know what I mean)

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 3, 2012, 9:19 am

    Look at those blue eyes!

  • Joanne July 3, 2012, 9:29 am

    Obviously, Apple Crumble is one of my favorites as well.
    It’s rare to see dog houses in our neighborhood. Maybe it just gets too cold in the winter so anyone who has a dog in NY knows it will become a people-house dog at least 3 months out of the year.

  • Lauren T July 3, 2012, 9:45 am

    Yum apple crumble! Apple pie, apple cake, apple crisp, it doesn’t really matter, anything with apples is good as far as I’m concerned! I’m glad to know my dog isn’t the only one who barks at inanimate objects 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 3, 2012, 9:57 am

    All that food looks delicious! And how nice that she made it with gluten free crumble!! Haha I can never eat desserts that people make…

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 3, 2012, 10:01 am

    That crumble sounds delicious!!

  • Sarah July 3, 2012, 10:05 am

    Trick for dog houses –> if you plan on having the dogs go in them at all when it’s cold outside, put hay in them and it will make it extremely warm

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 3, 2012, 10:21 am

    You’re right – the English way of making apple crumble is definitely the best!
    I like using an oat topping on my crumble too.

  • Leslie July 3, 2012, 10:22 am

    I’ve made Sophie’s apple crumble a few times.(recipe on caitlin’s recipage)I can attest to the fact that it is great. Might just have to make it for the 4th of July. What’s more American than English apple crumble.

  • corrie anne July 3, 2012, 10:25 am

    Ooh.. apple crumble. I’m married to someone who would be very interested in that. I want to get our dog a dog house just so I can send him there! Lol.

  • Allison k July 3, 2012, 10:30 am

    I wouldn’t call it a witching hour until you add fussing/crying to the mix. Didn’t happen for us til week 4…. But only lasted a few weeks (fingers crossed!$

    • Caitlin July 3, 2012, 7:40 pm

      hahah that happens too.

  • Michelle July 3, 2012, 10:35 am

    Hhhm, your witching hours sound a lot better than mine! Ours usually involve meltdowns about ridiculous things, extreme fatigue and hunger, not to mention overall unhappiness with the entire universe. And they are only 3 and 7!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb July 3, 2012, 11:02 am

    what a fun little party! that apple crumble sounds delicious… one of my favorite desserts!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks July 3, 2012, 11:19 am

    Yikes! He burned ’em all off?! Scary!

    And YES, the Europeans DO know how to make apple crumble deliciously!

  • Danielle @ Two Love Birds July 3, 2012, 11:38 am

    I love any dessert with baked apples and this one looks delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try it, and soon!

  • Sarah Anne July 3, 2012, 11:43 am

    I’m pretty sure I should have that apple crumble, right now. I’m wishing I had a stock of green apples right now! I may have to brave the rain!

  • Monique hawkins July 3, 2012, 11:55 am

    Caitlin, wow. What you guys had looked scrumptious! I will have to try Apple Crumble Pie! Those Europeans seem to know how to do lots of things well!

  • Lisa July 3, 2012, 12:50 pm

    That food looks fantastic!

    I’ve never made apple pie from scratch and I’d love to some day. Problem is…I don’t want to eat it all by myself!

  • Jenny July 3, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Crumble is always fantastic– simple and comforting. But in defense of my homeland’s desserts, this British version looks just like American apple crisp to me– and the recipe is about the same, too (although I usually add oats to my topping). I’ve never had an American crumble or crisp with a “syrupy sweet” fruit filling– perhaps you’ve just had some versions that use pie filling instead of chopped fruit?

  • Alex July 3, 2012, 4:41 pm

    The part about the BBQ burping out a fireball – actually made me laugh out loud, more than once, and I’m at work, but can’t really explain because I should be working not reading your blog, haha so they must think I’m a big weirdo.

    • Alex July 3, 2012, 4:42 pm

      And also cos I won’t go near BBQ’s – I’m terrified of gas bottles, I always think they’re going to explode!

  • Katie July 3, 2012, 5:42 pm

    That cake looked so cute! Hehe, I love how it was heart-shaped! 🙂

  • Kristen July 3, 2012, 7:09 pm

    Try making the cake mix with coconut milk (from a can) and coconut oil. It’s amazing!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 3, 2012, 10:25 pm

    Glad Henry enjoyed his first birthday party! Well even if it technically wasn’t his 😉

  • Sophie @ threetimesf July 4, 2012, 4:15 am

    When I was young my grandma used to come round for lunch every Sunday and bring me an apple crumble, and I regularly used to sit and demolish the whole thing!! Classic English treat!

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 4, 2012, 8:03 pm

    Love the heart-shaped cake! Very cute. I probably would have gone for the apple crumble, though…anything apple pie/crumble-related is my thing 😛

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