Winterly Spiced Apple Crumble

Homemade Apple Crumble Homemade Apple Crumble

Christmas and New year coming up, which means there are many holidays and reasons to celebrate with family & loved ones. At this jolly time of the year, what could be more heart-warming than a dessert that feeds the spirits? This winterly spiced apple crumble is a heavenly sweet treat for young & old! I love cooking the fruity apple compote, which fills the air with Christmas spices, like the most wonderful scented candle! While the first snow might be falling outside, you can rejoice layers of fruits and cream, topped with (easy to make) homemade crumble & icing sugar. My favourite flavours of winter wonderland in a glass, I hope you and your guests enjoy it as much as we did :) !


For the Apple Compote:

  • 1 kg apples
  • juice of 1/2 organic lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 3-4 tbsp. sugar
  • 150 ml apple juice
  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger

For the Cream:

  • 250-300g yoghurt
  • 100 g mascarpone
  • 1 small package vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • the grated skin of 1/2 lemon

For the Crumble:

  • 80 g flour
  • 40 g sugar
  • 1 small package vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 g cold butter cut into pieces
  • Icing sugar for decoration


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Start by preparing the apple compote. Peel the skin from the apples, remove the seeds and cut into small pieces. Add the apples into a medium sized pot; add the lemon juice, apple juice, cinamon stick, cloves & sugar and stir mix everything well with a spoon. Cook the apples covered for about 10 minutes on medium heat until soft. When the compote is ready, remove the cloves and cinnamon stick and put aside.
  3. For the crumble, first, mix all dry ingredients in medium-size bowl: Flour, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla sugar and salt. Then, cut the cold butter into cubes and knead together with the dry mixture to crumbles. Spread the crumbles on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake in the oven until golden-brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Lastly, prepare the cream. Use a whisk to stir together yoghurt, mascarpone, cinnamon, grated lemon zest and honey until smooth.
  5. Fill the layers into small glasses. Start with apple compote, then spread the cream and finally garnish with crumbles and icing sugar!