Apple Crumble with Custard

45 minutes
45 minutes
90 minutes
4
Apple Crumble with hot custard is the definition of a cozy comfort dessert! Apple pie filling on the bottom, shortbread crumble on top, and then a generous shower of vanilla custard on top. It's basically like a deconstructed apple pie!
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Apple Crumble with Custard

Apple Crumble with hot custard is the definition of a cozy comfort dessert! Apple pie filling on the bottom, shortbread crumble on top, and then a generous shower of vanilla custard on top. It’s basically like a deconstructed apple pie!

This dessert was inspired by my recent trip to London! There’s a dessert spot called Humble Crumble in Borough Market that I’ve had on my list for a while to try. Now I actually do not have a favorite dessert, my favorite dessert is just anything with custard in it.

When we got to Humble Crumble, the line was so long but it was worth every minute. We got the apple pie with shortbread crumble and hot custard and it was HEAVENLY. I knew immediately I had to recreate the dessert at home because there is nowhere in the States to get something like this.

THE APPLE PIE FILLING

The first step and the most important of the recipe is making the apple pie filling! The perfect apple pie has two very important components:

  1. It needs to have the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It can’t be too sour or too sweet – just right!
  2. The apples need to be cooked perfectly. You don’t want the apples to be undercooked and still crunchy but you also don’t want them to be overcooked and be too mushy. 

So keeping that in mind, let’s make it. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • granny smith apples
  • light brown sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • cornstarch + water

To a pan over medium heat, add the butter, apples, light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix together and allow to simmer for 6 to 8 minutes until the apples are soft when poked with a fork. Combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl to make the cornstarch slurry and add this to the pan. Mix together to thicken the filling and then take off the heat and transfer to a bowl.

NOTE: If you don’t like Granny Smith apples, you can replace them with a different kind like golden delicious or honey crispy. However, keep in mind Granny Smith is the best to use for apple pie.

THE CUSTARD

First up, we’re going to make the custard! You only need 6 ingredients and you probably have all of them on hand already.

HERE ARE THE INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:
  • whole milk
  • vanilla extract
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • egg yolks
  • unsalted butter

In a bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the egg yolks and beat together until it turns lighter in color. Set aside.

To a pot over medium heat, add the whole milk and vanilla extract. If using vanilla bean, add at this step too. You don’t want to boil it, just a simmer on the edge.

Slowly add in a splash of the warm milk to the batter and whisk together until smooth. Slowly add more warm milk as you whisk until it’s all added and super smooth.

Return to the pot over medium heat and continuously whisk until it thickens up, just a few minutes. Immediately take off the heat and transfer to a bowl. Allow it to cool and then pop in the fridge to chill.

The Shortbread Crumble

Now for the crumble, it’s super easy to make!

HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED:
  • unsalted butter, melted
  • white granulated sugar
  • salt
  • all-purpose flour
  • old fashioned rolled oats

Just mix it all together in a bowl until the consistency is soft and can hold its shape almost like a more dry cookie dough. Crumble it across a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven until golden! Set aside until assembly time.

ASSEMBLY

To a cup or bowl, add a serving of the apple pie on the bottom, then a generous amount of crumble, and finally cover in the hot custard to enjoy!

NOTE: If you prepared the custard at the start and it is now cold, just reheat it on the stove or pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute to get it hot.

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Apple Crumble with Custard

Apple Crumble with hot custard is the definition of a cozy comfort dessert! Apple pie filling on the bottom, shortbread crumble on top, and then a generous shwoer of vanilla custard on top. It's basically like a deconstructed apple pie!

Apple Crumble with hot custard is the definition of a cozy comfort dessert! Apple pie filling on the bottom, shortbread crumble on top, and then a generous shwoer of vanilla custard on top. It's basically like a deconstructed apple pie!

45 minutes
45 minutes
90 minutes
4

Ingredients

CUSTARD
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean pod (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
APPLE PIE
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
SHORTBREAD CRUMBLE
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

MAKE THE CUSTARD
  1. Start out by making the custard. To a mixing bowl, whisk together cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Then add all the yolks and beat until it gets lighter in color. Set aside.
  2. To a pot over medium heat, add the milk and vanilla extract. If using vanilla bean, add now. Combine together and heat it just until it starts to bubble on the edges. You do not want to boil it or it will be too hot.
  3. Take off the heat and slowly add a little in at a time to the batter. This is so you don't shock the egg yolks and cook them. Keep on slowly integrating the warm milk until it's all whisked in and very smooth.
  4. Then transfer back to the pot and heat over medium-low heat. Continuously whisk together for a few minutes until it starts to thicken up. Immediately take off the heat and add the butter. Mix together until the butter is melted in and incorporated. Transfer the custard to a bowl.
MAKE THE SHORTBREAD CRUMBLE
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. To a small bowl, add the melted butter, white sugar, all-purpose flour, oats, and a pinch of salt. Mix together with a rubber spatula or your hands until the consistency resembles cookie dough.
  3. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and crumble the dough across the tray.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, just until golden on the edges. Take out of the oven and allow to cool.
MAKE THE APPLE PIE
  1. To a pan over medium heat, add the butter, apples, light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.
  2. Mix together and allow to simmer on low heat for 6 to 8 minutes until the apples are soft when poked with a fork.
  3. Combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl to make the cornstarch slurry and add this to the pan. Mix together to thicken the filling and then take off the heat and transfer to a bowl.
ASSEMBLE
  1. To a large cup or bowl, add a serving of the apple pie mix, then add shortbread crumble on top, and finish it off with the hot custard to enjoy!
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These bagels were easy to make and nothing like store bought bagels. In a beautiful way. So chewy. The taste is divine. Must try. I’ll buy bagels again!

Absolutely delicious. I made this dessert this week for my parents and it was Absolutely delicious. My mom loves custard and thought this was the best she ever had. The combination of all the parts was fabulous. 5 star

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