This spiced apple crumble recipe from Marcus Wareing features the beautiful combination of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in the crumble mix. The buttery shortbread base this crumble is served on is simple to make and matches the tartness of Granny Smith apples quite well. Serve the spiced apple crumble slice with ice cream, as shown here, or with custard, if you prefer

Place the apples in a saucepan with the sugar. Cover and set over a low heat until the juice begins to come out of the apples. Slightly increase the heat and cook until the apples are soft, then set aside to cool
Preheat the oven to 165°C/ 325° F/ gas mark 3
For the shortbread base, cream together the butter and sugar, add the egg and milk, then mix in the flours, baking powder and wheatgerm. Spread over the bottom of a greased cake tin (approximately 20cm x 20cm x 5cm) and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin
Make the crumble by mixing all the dry ingredients together, ie. everything except the butter. Put the butter in a small saucepan, melt over a moderate heat, then pour it over the dry ingredients and mix together
Spread the apple over the shortbread base, then sprinkle the crumble mix over the top. Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden
Serve the apple crumble slice warm with a quenelle of vanilla ice cream
Quenelling ice cream
To quenelle the ice cream, hold a spoon with the rounded bottom up. Place the far edge of the spoon into the ice cream with the near edge close to the surface but not touching it. Drag the spoon towards you, twisting your wrist up. The ice cream should curl up with the shape of the spoon and fold into an egg shape
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Shortbread base

  • 75g of unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 40g of caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp of semi skimmed milk
  • 75g of plain flour
  • 50g of wholemeal flour
  • 25g of wheatgerm
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder


To plate


  1. Cake tin

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Marcus Wareing's spiced apple crumble recipe features a beautifully buttery shortbread base. Easy to make with lovely results, this is a great apple crumble

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