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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sour Cream Apple Crumble

The perfect autumn dessert during this season of Oktoberfest..

(gosh my oven needs cleaning!)

Penny's Sour Cream Apple Crumble

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 cups apples peeled, cored and sliced  {granny smith apples are good, but may take a little longer to bake. Traditional cooking apples (northern spy, etc.) are best.
For crumble
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup cold butter
1 - In large bowl, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. 
2 - Blend in sour cream and vanilla. 
3 - Add apples and mix thoroughly to coat all slices of apple. 
4 - Transfer to baking dish, smoothing top.
For topping: 
5 - Mix flour, sugar and cinnamon. 
6 - Using pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter to make a coarse crumble. 
7 - Sprinkle evenly over apples. 
8 - Bake  425  for 15 minutes. 
9 - Reduce heat to 350 and bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until apples are tender and crust is browned.

So glad I remembered to put a baking sheet under the crumble as it cooked!
Dinner tonight...Oktoberfest sausages, decorated with sauerkraut, hot banana peppers, a good mustard and home-made apple butter.  All washed down with a good German beer.


  1. J that looks lovely. We've got loads of apples and I love cinnamon. Must try your recipe, yum.

  2. First time that I have made this one Molly...I'll let you know after we eat it tonight if it's worth repeating!

  3. Oh this looks so good! Seeing that Autumn seems to set in now, this would be a perfect weekend treat. Love from London xo

  4. Wow, that looks good - I can almost smell it. Just love cinnamon. Even though it is spring here I will try it.

  5. How wonderful to live at Niagara on the Lake. When I visited my cousin in Toronto they took us for a drive there and we lunched at the Prince of Wales hotel - I just loved the whole area.

  6. Looks warm and comforting! I am in need of some good apple recipes ~ I have them growing in abundance in the backyard and must use them before they spoil. Let me know how this is!

  7. I need that now!! Looks scrumptious! I'm printing that right now, it's going in my special book of special recipes!


  8. Yum, I love a sour cream and fruit pie....sounds like a great dinner.

    I was in your neck of the woods today for a Nexus interview....they made me go over the border, get my passport stamped and come right back. ....they have an issue with Brits I think. Anyway...I was approved and now Florida should be I applied for citizenship at last.

  9. I can even smell those apples cooking! So delish J.

  10. Okay everyone...this was stupidly good. Even I can't believe how good this is. Make it!

  11. J. I happen to be an expert apple crumble eater (Lady Magnon's variety). There are certain ingredients here that I'm sure she never uses, so on her return from London I'll make sure she sees your recipe. It may give her ideas.

    p.s. Never clean ovens. Just wait until the wretched thing becomes too old; and replace.

  12. Oh, yes. Bears delight in such things. Looks so tasty!
    As long as "Apple Crumble" is not the future of Mr. Jobs company, now that he's gone. that isn't some sort of prophetic title, is it?

  13. YUMMMM!!!!!

    (And I agree w/Cro re: oven-cleaning. Just throw some baking soda on the oozy parts, scrape off when it get burned on. Works like a charm!)

  14. The problem with not cleaning the oven T & Cro, is that everytime I use it I set the fire alarms off in the house! Really annoying...

    Would love to hear back if someone else makes this...we loved it.

    We have applied for Nexus too Chania. You know if you are driving to Florida, there is an exclusive Nexus border crossing at Whirlpool. Really saves on those line ups.

    I refuse to believe apple crumble can be that prophetic Rob-bear.

  15. That looks scrumptious. I love anything apple in the Fall. Jess loves to bake. I'll pass it on to her.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  16. What a wonderful meal! The sour cream sounds like the perfect addition to a lovely tart apple crumble.

  17. How can you go wrong with sour cream added to the mix...yum!! Glad you thought it was a winner...will make this next.
    xo J~

  18. Ok, you tempted me. It's in the oven as we speak. It looks promising J! xo

  19. Let me know what you think Trish.
    So glad you will give it a go Jessica...I had never thought to mix sour cream with fruit in a pie...just as well!


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