Apple Crumble with Custard

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Delight in the warmth of a classic American dessert: apple crumble with rich vanilla custard. There’s something magical about custard—it just makes everything taste better. Picture this: a generous portion of apple crumble topped with a shower of hot vanilla custard, creating the ultimate cozy comfort dessert. Imagine apple pie filling at the base, a layer of shortbread crumble on top, all crowned with a generous drizzle of smooth vanilla custard. It’s like enjoying a deconstructed apple pie in every spoonful!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

Apple Crumble with Custard

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 4


**For the 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

**For the 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

**For the 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


**Making the Custard:**

  • Start by whisking together cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the egg yolks and beat until the mixture lightens in color. Set aside.
  • In a pot over medium heat, combine milk and vanilla extract (add vanilla bean if using). Heat until it just starts to bubble at the edges—be careful not to boil.
  • Remove from heat and gradually add the warm milk to the egg mixture, whisking continuously to prevent the eggs from cooking.
  • Transfer the mixture back to the pot and heat over medium-low, whisking constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the butter until melted and smooth. Transfer the custard to a bowl.

**Making the Shortbread Crumble:**

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, white sugar, flour, oats, and salt until it forms a dough.
  • Spread the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Let it cool.

**Making the Apple Pie:**

  • In a pan over medium heat, combine butter, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Simmer for 6-8 minutes until the apples are soft.
  • In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch to create a slurry. Add it to the pan to thicken the filling, then remove from heat.


  • In a large cup or bowl, layer the apple pie mix, followed by the shortbread crumble, and top it all off with the hot custard. Enjoy the cozy goodness!

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