Apple Crumble

Welcome fall by baking this delectable seasonal favorite.

Recipe Contributed and Photographed by Lauren McElwain

Few foods symbolize fall as perfectly as the apple. Whether you pick your own or purchase them at a farmers market or local grocery store, apples of all varieties are easily transformed into sweet baked treats that taste and smell like autumn. Invitation Magazines’ food blogger Lauren McElwain uses this basic recipe for apple crumble. For a twist on the traditional, she likes to experiment with adding unusual ingredients like white chocolate chips.


6 apples, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Juice of 1/2 a lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

1 tablespoon butter


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup chopped pecans

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, prepare the filling by tossing chopped apple with granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon juice. Set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a deep-dish pie plate or casserole dish, and place in oven until butter melts. Meanwhile, in another medium bowl, make topping by stirring together flour, brown sugar, oats, pecans, lemon zest, cinnamon and salt. Stir in melted 1/4 cup butter. Stir in white chocolate chips.

Remove the hot baking dish from oven, and spread apple mixture evenly in baking dish. Evenly spread topping over apple mixture. Return the dish to oven, and bake for 45-60 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Food blogger Lauren McElwain is also founder and director of Cooking as a First Language, a Tupelo-based community organization that meets monthly so guest chefs from many countries can share authentic, international food and culture. Learn more by visiting @cookingasafirstlanguage on Instagram, and find more of her recipes at or

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