The sweetest apples of this fall

Fall colors of an apple tree

I love crumbles of any kind, I love everything about them, they warm my heart. So today I made a new recipe that I kind of made up along the way. When Julian came home he just followed his nose into the kitchen, and said: "This smells of really good food!"

You know I love granola and come up with new recipes all the time, visiting Sophie in NY gave me plenty of opportunities try every granola along the way and so I thought why not combine the two and make a crumble that has the crunchiness of granola.

apple crumble
Oats, hazelnuts and apples
If you own a fruit press, the best company or the crumble is juice made of the same apples!

If you own a fruit press, the best company or the crumble is juice made of the same apples!

The Recipe is not that simple, as it requests 3 separate ingredients, the dough, the fruit filling and the crumble. So here is the list:


pierced with a fork the dough bakes 20 min on its own

pierced with a fork the dough bakes 20 min on its own

150 gr butter, cold, cut in pieces
300 gr sifted flour
150 gr sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla sugar

Use your mixer, put all ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined, it might need a little extra help by hand. Form a flat disc and refrigerate wrapped in cling wrap.

Fruit Filling

2 red apples, washed and with the peel on
30 gr sugar
short piece of a cinnamon stick
120 ml water
juice of 1 lime
250 gr white grapes

Cut the seeds away and the apples in small bite sized pieces. Cook them in water on medium heat together with the sugar, lime juice and the cinnamon for 15 min, then add the grapes and cook for another 5 min or until tender.
Remove the cinnamon and drain the excess liquid. Puree the fruits until smooth and set aside.

Granola Crumble

75 gr flour
75 gr dark brown sugar
100 gr butter
60 gr rolled oats
130 gr whole hazelnuts, roasted, peeled and chopped 
1/2 tsp grated ginger
salt, cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar to sprinkle 

Flour, sugar and butter are mixed until combined, add oats, and cooled hazelnuts, cinnamon, salt and - ginger - is optional, it adds a spicy flavor to the crumble. Mix everything until well combined and refrigerate.

Preheat the oven to 180°C, spread the dough you made first and which had a little rest in the fridge into a 24x30 cm or 9x11 inches baking form, that is buttered and floured or lined with parchment paper. Pierce it with a fork to release the steam while baking, otherwise you end up with a bubble and you don't want that. Bake for 20 min until slightly brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 min. 

Spread the fruit filling on top, leaving a little space to the sides, the filling would just burn and get too dark. 

Then sprinkle the granola crumble evenly over the filling and transfer the form to the oven. Bake another 25-30 min or until the crumble has a visible nice dark color.

Due to the brown sugar and the roasted hazelnuts you will find this is a beautiful color for the crumble. Rich, tasty and crunchy!

Smile when you serve :)

Smile when you serve :)


For the filling you can substitute the grapes with for example blueberries, or even blackberries, but then you might want to add a little extra sugar when cooking and the color of the filling turns out darker as well but looks real tasty.