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Air fryer apple crumble

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On Sundays, when we are all home together, we love to enjoy a tasty roast dinner and have a nice hearty dessert too. There is something so comforting about serving my family a tasty dessert – and seeing my little daughters try something new for the first time! This air fryer apple crumble was an instant hit and a recipe that I’ve made a few times already since.

Cooking an apple crumble in the air fryer is probably one of my favourite air fryer desserts. It is really simple, but is packed full of flavour and absolutely delicious too. I’ve made air fryer rhubarb crumble in the past, and this recipe follows a very similar method.

I love to serve a hearty crumble after I cook an easy air fryer chicken. It’s a great way to round a meal off and my family are always fans. With just 15 minutes total time to cook it’s always a winner for me as I can get it cooking in just minutes. It’s a great dish to cook while you’re enjoying your main meal too. Then it’s piping hot waiting for you.

We love a sweet treat here, with some of the current favourites in our home being banana bread, banana chocolate chip muffins, midnight cookies and rhubarb and pineapple crumble.

If you don’t want all the effort of prepping the apples yourself be sure to check out this easy apple pie with canned filling.

A lovely air fryer crumble recipe is a great way to enjoy a wholesome family dessert, with minimal ingredients, and for a low cost too. Following an apple crumble recipe is typically on the cheap side and a little goes a long way to feeding a hungry crowd too. While you’re here be sure to check out some of my other air fryer recipes for beginners – I’ve even got specific Ninja air fryer recipes if you’ve got a Ninja dual zone air fryer.

A white and blue enamel dish with air fryer apple crumble inside, two white ramekins also contained cooked air fryer apple crumble.

Ingredients for air fryer apple crumble / apple crisp recipe:

Makes 6 individual ramekin sized crumbles or 1 small baking dish like the one pictured above

For the filling:

150g white sugar (caster sugar is fine too)

20g all purpose plain flour

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

500g of bramley apples

Spray oil or butter to grease ramekins

For the topping:

120g all purpose plain flour

80g cold butter (cut into cubes)

1/8 teaspoon of salt (skip this if using room temperature salted butter)

60g of golden brown sugar

Air fryer apple chips

Method for making an apple crumble in the air fryer:

Pre-heat your air fryer, if required, to 190C (375F).

Get yourself a large mixing bowl.

Mix together the white sugar, plain flour, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Wash the apples, peel, core, remove any bad parts and slice into small wedges.

Add the apple slices to your filling mixture to make your apple mixture.

Stir well.

Place into the lightly greased ramekins.

Next combine together the plain flour, salt, light brown sugar and cold butter for the topping.

Mix well with your hands until you have a crumble consistency.

Sprinkle this crumble mixture over the top of your filling.

Place the ramekins into the air fryer basket.

Air fry at 190C (375F) for 15 minutes.

Serve with lashings of custard and enjoy!

Two pop tarts, cooked in the air fryer, on a white plate

What are the best apples for apple crumble?

I love to use Bramley apples, and find that they are almost always available in UK supermarkets all year round. I buy loose Bramley apples from Sainsburys usually, as I’m able to weigh them out and get the right quantity to help me cut food waste.

Do you cook apples before making apple crumble?

You can, and I have in the past, however, for this recipe you can save some time and effort and skip this step.

This crumble was a real hit with my family, and I’ve made it several times now. It was crispy on the top with a soft inside and it worked so well with the tasty warm custard.

What fruit works well with apple in a crumble?

Apple and blackberry works VERY well together and is a real classic British flavour combination.

I would say that any dark berries work pretty well, and I’ve used rhubarb too sometimes when I’ve not got a large enough amount for a full crumble on its own. Blueberry apple crumble is another winner in our home.

Air fryer banana topped with crumble topping is a nice way to use up any leftover crumble topping too. I love to make this and serve it with salted caramel sauce.

Frozen churros that have been cooked in the air fryer. Four churros on a black slate board with a glass circular dish with melted chocolate sauce.

What to serve with apple crumble?

For my family custard is always a winner. Vanilla ice cream works well too, as does a dollop of whipped cream if you’ve not got much in at home.

Make your own custard, get it from the shop – whatever you fancy! Just slather this in a delicious hot custard! Sometimes I will make a nice slow cooker custard to go with it too when I’m short on time at dinner but want something fancy to serve to guests.

My eldest daughter actually loves to have this with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Maple syrup is absolutely delicious drizzled over the top too and has become a firm favourite in my home this Winter.

Can you reheat apple crumble in the air fryer?

If you’ve got leftovers then I find it best to pop them in the microwave, for about a minute, until they’re piping hot throughout.

I love to make up six individual ramekins of this apple crumble and then my family can enjoy it for a couple of evenings from my hard work. Keep in the fridge for at least 2 days and you can cook them fresh in the air fryer when you want to enjoy a tasty dessert.

Personally I think you can’t beat warm apple pie filling with hot custard poured all over.

If you want to reheat in the air fryer then aim for 2-3 minutes, at 190C, and then check that it is piping hot throughout before serving it.

air fryer fruit scones on a glass cake stand decorated with jam and cream

Can you make apple crumble in the Ninja Foodi?

Yes, absolutely! I made my recipe in a Ninja Foodi, I have the 15-in-1 model and I use the air crisp mode for this, which is the same as air frying. This dish can be known as air fryer apple crisp sometimes too.

It works with the same timings and temperatures, and I love that there is quite a lot of space to allow me to cook multiple apple crumbles at the same time which is very convenient.

Can you make a crumble with frozen apples?

Yes you can. This is a great way to make the most of seasonal items by preparing for the freezer and using later in the year.

I would recommend you cook the apples down a little first, then add them to the ramekin and make the crumble up, and cook, as per this recipe.

I do prefer making a fresh crumble, from scratch, taste wise, but I know this isn’t always possible. Also, I’ve seen that Farmfoods have some very reasonably priced apple slices in the frozen section.

A Ninja Foodi OL750UK multi-cooker on a kitchen worktop.

Find your crumble isn’t crunchy?

When you are mixing your crumble make sure that you’re leaving some lovely little clumps of butter within the mixture. This is what helps to make a delicious golden crunchy crumble topping.

Is it better to crumble with cold or melted butter?

Cold cubed butter works best as it’ll still be mostly intact in your crumble and will then slowly melt and help you to get a crispy delicious crumble.

Want to use oats in your topping?

I absolutely love to add 30g of rustic oats to my crumble, and find this brings a welcome crunch too.

A white plate with two pieces of brioche french toast with sliced strawberries, maple syrup and dusted with icing sugar.

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Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!

How to make apple crumble in the air fryer:

A white and blue enamel dish with air fryer apple crumble inside, two white ramekins also contained cooked air fryer apple crumble.
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Air fryer apple crumble

How to make a delicious apple crisp / crumble in the air fryer.
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword air fryer, apple, dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 portions
Calories 323kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

Makes 6 individual ramekin sized crumbles

For the filling:

  • 150 g white sugar
  • 20 g all purpose plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 500 g of cooking apples Bramley apples are my favourite ones to use!
  • Spray oil or butter to grease ramekins

For the topping:

  • 120 g all purpose plain flour
  • 80 g cold butter cut into cubes
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt skip this if using salted butter
  • 60 g of golden brown sugar

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your air fryer, if required, to 190C (375F).
  • Get yourself a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix together the white sugar, plain flour, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  • Wash the apples, peel, core, remove any bad parts and slice into small wedges.
  • Add the apple slices to your filling mixture.
  • Stir well.
  • Place into the lightly greased ramekins.
  • Next combine together the plain flour, salt, light brown sugar and cold butter for the topping.
  • Mix well with your hands until you have a crumble consistency.
  • Place this over the top of your filling.
  • Air fry at 190C (375F) for 15 minutes cook time.
  • Serve with lashings of custard and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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A white and blue enamel dish with air fryer apple crumble inside.
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