Delicious Apple Crumble - The Magic Onions

Delicious Apple Crumble

 Autumn is apple season. We so enjoy passing the apple trees in the yards and seeing them drooping with crisp, juicy apples. Sometimes, if the tree is particularly laden and within reach, we ‘borrow’ an apple or two. There is something magical about eating fruit that you have just picked. The apple can be tart and stung… no matter, it is delicious all the same.

Our easy Apple Crumble, recipe available at the end of the post

We have a song about apples that we sing in the Autumn. We call it ‘Dropping Lisa’. The is the name Teddy gave this song as his beloved first teacher, Ms Lisa, sang it and dropped apples as she sang.
It goes like this (I copied the words and motions from my friend, Laura’s, beautiful blog, Crooked Moon Mama. Pop over to see her charming Autumn Circle).

The apples are golden and ready to drop, uh-huh ready to drop
(Have a child stand in the middle of the circle as the apple tree)
There came an old woman to pick them all up, uh-huh pick them all up
(go around with other child/ren and collect the fallen apples)
A big apple fell and it gave her a knock
(tree lightly knocks the old woman’s head)
It made the old woman go hippety-hop, made the old woman go hippety-hop.
(everyone jumps and kicks their legs out in front)
I laugh ha ha and I laugh hee hee, I laugh all day for it pleases me (2x)
(still dancing and kicking your legs out)

 During apple season, we love to make a little Apple Crumble for desert. It’s so quick and easy and the kids love to help. I get them to make the crumble while I am making the rest of the dinner, it’s that simple. And, it keeps them involved and happy during this often-difficult time of day for us mamas.


  • 6 apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar for Apples
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cool butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Core and slice the apples. Place them in a baking dish. Sprinkle a quarter cup of sugar over the apples.

Put the remaining sugar, flour and butter into a mixing bowl and use your clean fingers to mix the flour and sugar into the butter. My kids love this part of the recipe. At first they can’t believe that the floury mixture will turn into crumble. But away they work. They rub the flour and butter between their fingers until it turns magically into a crumbly, flaky dough.

We crumble the crumble over the apples.

Put it in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes and… Voila!!!! By the time dinner is over, there is a delicious warm apple crumble waiting for us. A scoop of ice cream and YUMMMMM!

Happy Autumn.
Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Yum!!

  2. I am SO making this on the weekend. Thank you!

  3. I am looking for an apple crumble recipe for Sunday. I am all into Autumn recipes when fall comes around.

  4. I love, love the apple song! Do you know where I might find the tune/sheet music for it? It would be so perfect for our September circle. Thanks so much for your help–and I’m definitely making that crumble this weekend…mmmmmmm :)

  5. Mariposa Ferro says:

    YUM! I know I will have to try this recipe of your’s for Thanksgiving.

  6. I made this tonight (with the kids making the crumble, my two year old especially loved that part) and I have to tell you, it is the best apple crumble I’ve ever made! Thank you so much for the recipe. Mine have always turned out too floury tasting but this is delicious, I think the nutmeg really makes it! Thanks again xx

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