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By Kate Miller

I usually make apple and date crumble when my mother comes to visit. She loves apples and I love the idea of whipping up a nice dessert without fiddling around with rolled-out pastry.

Crumbles are delicious, quick-and-easy, and always popular with family and friends. You can serve this classic heart-warming dessert on its own, with ice cream, or whipped cream.

This is my mother's favorite apple crumble recipe. The apples paired wonderfully with the natural sweetness of fresh dates while the coconut gives the crumble a lovely aroma.


You can also tweak this traditional apple crumble recipe by using a variety of spices and fruits such as ground cinnamon or ginger with pears.


Date and Apple Crumble Recipe

(makes 4)



4 granny smith apples
2 tablespoons caster sugar
10 fresh dates
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup (75g) plain flour
⅓ cup (25g) shredded coconut
¼  cup (55g) brown sugar
80g butter, softened


How to make apple crumble

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.


2. Peel and core the apples, and cut into wedges. Remove seeds from dates, and chop coarsely.


3. Transfer apples to a large saucepan. Sprinkle caster sugar.


4. Cover the saucepan. Cook the apples over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender.


5. Remove your saucepan from heat. Add the chopped dates, and mix to combine.


6. Divide the fruit mixture into a 4 ramekins. Set aside.


7. Place oatmeal, flour, coconut and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.


8. Add butter and rub it into the mixture with your fingertips, until mix resembles coarse breadcrumbs.


9. Spoon over the apple mixture.


10. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.


Enjoy warm apple and date crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, vanilla custard, or whipped cream.



apple and date crumble recipe