Caramel apple crumble with brown sugar pecan topping is a classic fall dessert that is both delicious and easy to make. The tart apple mixture is topped with a buttery crunchy pecan topping and drizzled with caramel sauce. The crumble topping gets golden brown and crispy, while the apples caramelize and become gooey and tender.
Although I love pumpkin everything during the fall, I never forget to incorporate my other great fall love into my cooking – apples! Apples and pumpkins both come into season at just about the same time, and they both make amazing fall desserts. So you’ll find me baking up an apple something or other just as often as you’ll find me baking up pumpkin treats. I’m a big fan of crumbles, but I also like to switch things up, which is why I love making this particular apple crumble recipe. It takes the classic apple crumble we all know and love and kicks it up a notch, as Emeril would say, with the addition of a sweet and crunchy brown sugar pecan topping!
Caramel Apple Crumble
This crumble starts with a classic caramel apple filling full of tender Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel. Then, I top it with my crumble variation featuring pecans for extra crunch. I bake it until it’s golden and bubbly, and then I just watch it disappear. I love to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and it goes fast! This is a simple, sweet, delicious apple recipe that everyone always loves.
Why You’ll Love This Caramel Apple Crumble Recipe
- It’s incredibly delicious and the combination of tart apples, sweet caramel, and a delicious brown sugar pecan topping is simply irresistible.
- It is easy to make and only requires simple ingredients that are easily found at the local grocery store.
- This caramel apple crumble can be served warm or cold, and it’s delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Caramel Apple Crumble Ingredients
You won’t need much to make this recipe. It only uses simple baking ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen already. If you don’t have them, it just takes a quick run through the produce section and baking aisle to get everything you need!
- Granny smith apples
- All-purpose flour
- Light brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Salted caramel sauce
- Chopped pecans
- Melted butter
How to Make Caramel Apple Crumble
This caramel apple crumble might have a sweet twist to the topping, but it’s just as easy to make as the classic version. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps. If you can mix and pour, you can make this!
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: Make the Apple Filling
Whisk the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a large bowl. Then, add the apples and stir. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Step 3: Make the Topping
Stir the brown sugar, chopped pecans, flour, and melted butter together in a small bowl and sprinkle the mixture over the apple filling in an even layer.
Step 4: Bake
Drizzle caramel sauce over the top and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the apples are tender and the topping is golden. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!
- Slice your apples relatively thinly so they get nice and soft while they bake.
- Be sure to thoroughly mix your dry filling ingredients before adding the apples to ensure everything is well incorporated.
- Be sure to let your crumble cool for about 15 minutes so the filling can thicken and be eaten safely.
- Try adding a pinch of allspice or mace to the mixture.
- I love Granny Smith apples, but you can use your favorite variety.
- You can use fruits like peaches, pears, or berries to make various kinds of crumbles.
What to Serve with Caramel Apple Crumble
This caramel apple crumble is perfect with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. Outside of that, a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream makes the perfect accompaniment for this recipe.
Strictly speaking, almost any apple will work for apple crumble. However, the best of the best are those that hold their structure while still getting soft while baking. Some of the best include:
The only difference between a crumble and a crisp is the topping. Crisps feature a topping of flour, sugar, butter, and oats, while crumbles are oat-free.
Apple crumble is meant to be somewhat crunchy. The streusel topping develops a crispness as it bakes.
Apples should be sliced fairly thin for crumble to ensure they get nice and soft.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Caramel Apple Crumble
Refrigerate this crumble in an airtight container for up to 5 days. For longer storage, freeze it in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 4 months.
To reheat the crumble, cover it with foil in a baking dish and bake at 350 until heated through. You can also microwave it at 1-minute intervals until heated through.
Try This Delicious Caramel Apple Crumble Today
This caramel apple crumble combines a sweet and crunchy brown sugar pecan topping with classic apple crumble filling to create a dish that everyone loves. This new twist on an old favorite makes a great dessert for any occasion or even a sweet breakfast, and it’s so easy to make you’ll find yourself making it a permanent part of your recipe rotation.
More Delicious Apple Recipes You’ll Enjoy
These Apple Pie Bites are small, fun size, mini apple pies are the perfect, easy, fall dessert recipe that is great for parties, potlucks, or a midday snack. They are easy to make and the whole family will enjoy these little bite-size treats.
Caramel Apple Crumble with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping
- Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together until combined.
- Add apples and stir.
- Pour the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Brown Sugar Pecan Crust
- In a small bowl, stir brown sugar, chopped pecans, flour, and melted butter together until combined.
- Sprinkle brown sugar pecan topping over the apple mixture and spread in an even layer.
- Drizzle caramel sauce over the top and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden.
- Remove from the oven and let cool 15 minutes before serving.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.
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