This Apple Cherry Crumble recipe has the perfect crumble topping and is a great addition to your family dinners and parties. Why have simple apple pie when you can add in cherries and upgrade America’s favorite pie?
Apple + Cherry = Perfection
Apple crumble, apple crisp, apple whatever! I love them all. I’ve looked high and low for the perfect crumble topping and I’ve finally come up with the perfect combination of crispy, chunky, buttery, and crumbly. Adding in some fresh cherries makes this Apple and Cherry Crumble recipe a new family favorite.
This dessert is perfect for cool nights when all you want to do is bundle up with a warm blanket, a cup of tea, and book. This is also a great recipe when you need a yummy dessert to bring to a party or family dinner. I’ve also made mini versions and given them out in little mason jars. They were adorable!
Picking the Right Apples for Crumbles, Pies, and Crisps
Picking apples for a crisp or crumble recipe can be tricky. Everyone has their favorite. I grew up with granny smith apples in my mother’s apple crisp recipe. Now I like to mix it up and put a few different types.
Some of my favorites are Golden Delicious, Fuji, Braeburn, and Granny Smith.
The wrong apple can really mess up any apple crisp or pie so be careful to skip using McIntosh and Red Delicious apples, these will make great applesauce but that’s not the texture you want in your pie.
How to Find the Right Apples for your Crumble, Crisps, or Pies
Granny Smith – Green, firm, and a bit sour. (Don’t be afraid of the sour, there is plenty of sugar in this recipe to offset that.
Jonagold – Tart, tangy with a sweetness.
Braeburn – Very firm with an almost a citrus-y aroma.
Golden Delicious – Mild and perfect to mix with another apple.
Honeycrisp – Sweet and relatively firm.
Fuji – Crisp and sweet and fresh-tasting.
Pink Lady – Sweet and a little sour, great texture.
Supplies Needed to Make Apple and Cherry Crumble
- Large Bowl– One benefit of this recipe is that you can mix it all in one bowl. I love this set of bowls with lids!
- Knife and/or apple cutter – This apple corer/slicer is super handy when you’re curtting up lots of apples.
- Baking Pan(s) – We usually make this in a 9×13 square pan. You can also make half of the recipe in an 8×8 baking dish.
- Measuring tools – You will need dry measuring cups and spoons as well as a wet measuring cup (I love this silicone one from Amazon.)
- Two Knives or a Pastry Cutter – To get the perfect crumble topping I love to use a pastry cutter but yo ucan also use two knives to cut the buutter into to crumble mix.
Ingredients Needed for Apple Cherry Crumble
- Apples – I use 4 Granny Smith and 4 Honey Crisp
- Fresh or Frozen Pitted Cherries – I actually normall use frozen cherries but fresh cherries in seaon are even better if you can get them.
- Brown sugar
- All purpose flour
- Nuts – I love Pecans so I typically use those but you can also use walnuts.
How to make Apple and Cherry Crumble
1. Pre-heat your oven to 375°F
2. Peel, core, and cut the apples into cubes.
3. Cut your fresh or defrosted cherries in half (check for pits and remove).
4. Place the apples and cherries in a bowl with the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and gently toss to coat. Set aside.
5. Pour your apple and cherry mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish.
6. For the crumble topping, you can use a food processor (just pulse together the ingredients) or mix by hand. Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. If using the food processor, pulse the topping until just combined.
7. Add the oats and nuts and mix well being sure not to break up the nuts too much. If you’re using a food processor, pulse once or twice to combine without breaking up the nuts too much.
8. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apple and cherry mixture. I use my hands to break up the larger chunks of topping and spread evenly.
9. Bake at 375°F for about 30 minutes.
10. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a big dollop of whip cream. Or both!
Apple Cherry Crumble
- 8 Apples 4 Granny Smith and 4 Honey Crisp. Cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 cups Fresh or Frozen Pitted Cherries
- 1 cup Packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 sticks unsalted butter (1 1/2 cup) room temperature
- 1 cup rolled oatmeal
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Pre-heat your oven to 375°F
- Peel, core and cut the apples into cubes.
- Cut your fresh or defrosted cherries in half (check for pits and remove).
- Place the apples and cherries in a bowl with the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and gently toss to coat. Set aside.
- Pour your apple and cherry mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.
Make your crumble topping
- For the crumble topping, mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter in a food processor or bowl if you do not have a food processor.
- Using the food processor, pulse the topping until just combined.
- Add the oats and nuts and pulse once or twice to combine without breaking up the nuts too much.
- If you do not have a food processor you can do this in a large bowl with a pastry blender, fork, or spoon to combine.
Bake your Apple Cherry Crumble
- Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apple and cherry mixture. I use my hands to break up the larger chunks of topping and spread evenly.
- Bake at 375°F for about 30 minutes.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a big dollop of whip cream. Or both!
Apple Cherry Crumble Recipe
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