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Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

This is my first try at making a crumble and have to admit the end result was as desired – crusty, smooth and delicious. To be very honest never been a fan of rhubarb or apple desserts, but my husband’s colleague gave him some plants to grow in our home garden, there were variety of mints, chilli and rhubarb hence, the inspiration.

The rhubarb which my husband planted in the alfresco grew really well, with beautiful wide leaves and red and green luscious stems. I have never included rhubarb in any of my recipe before and it was a shame to see the gorgeous plant going waste. So I decided to make something using it and when including rhubarb in a recipe, it would be a disgrace to not use it to produce a classic hit. Hence, I decided to make the apple and rhuharb crumble and it turned out to be an instant hit with my family, my daughters who are already a big fan of apple pie’s found the tartness of this dessert more intriguing and couldn’t resist without a second serve.

As some people including me (prior to making this) have a notion that making crumbles can be a very time consuming process and would need some kind of technical expertise, trust me it’s just a myth. It’s a very simple process to make a this delicious dessert.

The process starts with stewing the apples until they are soft and mushy. Then add the rhubarb to make a soft and a bit of a mushy mixture.

Meanwhile, when this mixture is cooking we need to make the crumble, refer to notes for some important steps, the crumble texture is very essential to get a golden crust.

Once the mixture and crumble are ready it’s time to put them together. Pour the mixture in an oven safe baking dish and layer the crumble on top evenly. Then bake to achieve a golden crusty texture.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (chocolate sauce optional). Happy Cooking and stay safe 🙂

Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients for filling:

  • 3 red Apples (approx 450 g), peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 bunch Rhubarb (approx 10 stems)
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Cornflour
  • 1/4 cup Caster Sugar

Ingredients for Crumble:

  • 1/2 cup Self Raising Flour
  • 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Caster Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 120 gm Unsalted  butter, cold, chopped


  • In a pot add thinly sliced apples (peeled and cored).
  • Whisk Water, cornflour, 1/4 cup sugar and maple syrup and pour over the apples.
  • Put the pot on medium flame and cover and cook till apples are soft, stir in between to make sure apples do not stick to the pan.
  • Wash and trim the rhubarb to about 2 -3 cms and add them to the pan, stir well and cover and cook till rhubarb also becomes soft and the mixture is a bit mushy.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl add all the ingredients mentioned under the crumble and using hand rub the butter in the flour until bread crumb texture is achieved.
  • In a baking tray pour the apple and rhubarb mixture and cover it with the crumble mixture.
  • Bake the crumble in a preheated oven on 200 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


  • It is very essential to trim the rhubarb and discard the leaves, as rhubarb leaves are not edible. Wash rhubarb well before cutting them.
  • To get a perfect crumble texture make sure the butter is cold. Use your fingers to break the butter and rub it in the mixture.
  • Do not knead the crumble like a dough, we need a bread crumb like texture, rub it all in rather than kneading.
  • The time to cook the crumble might differ depending on the oven, so check after 20 minutes to see if the crust is hard and golden.

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