Ok, this is embarrassing, writing a recipe for apple crumble or apple crisp, really? I have been asked though so this is a quickie for those who think they need a recipe for this. I will be successful if no one ever asks anyone for a crumble or crisp recipe again *grin*
Here we go, this isn't a recipe as much as a process that you will follow with any fruit you want. You're going to love this:
I wanted a reasonable sized crumble, the one I made last week didn't last long enough and that's never good. Today, four apples, cut thin. I peel the apple, cut it in half, core it and slice it in four pieces then turn and slice it thinly. Toss it into the bowl. Zest and juice a lemon over the fruit and toss it around so the apples won't go brown. No one likes a brown apple.
You can use this method with any fruit, I use blackberries, raspberries and figs doing the same thing, cut it up, toss some flour and seasoning, into a buttered dish then top with the crumble mixture. You can scale it up or down easily. It's the same amount of flour, sugar and oats and half the amount of butter. Salt is mandatory, it enhances the flavor and a little vanilla is a delight in there as well.
Ok, here's the apples and the zest, there's lemon juice and a splash of vanilla in there already. Add this much white sugar and this much brown sugar
This a scant cup of oatmeal, flour, white and brown sugar mix, a couple tablespoons cinnamon, some salt and some zest. Mix it with your finger tips till it's chunky, put it over the fruit and dollop butter on top.