Apple and Mincemeat Crumble, a fantastic festive dessert made with only 5 ingredients: butter, flour and oats for the topping, and apples and leftover mincemeat for the filling. The easiest Christmas dessert to whip up, and a big favourite with the whole family.
Mince Pies are the nation's favourite festive treats around this time of the year - I absolutely love them. The mincemeat can be made at home too, although, let's face it, buying a jar of mincemeat is not only cheaper, but as delicious.
And if you happen to have some leftover mincemeat that you don't know what else to do with it - perhaps there is just a little bit left in the jar, not quite enough for a nice batch of mince pies, then this crumble is the best way of using it up.
I absolutely love a good apple crumble, and I make them so often. They are not only cheap, but also indulgent, and a great family-favourite pudding. But how about we take the humble apple crumble to the very next level by adding some mincemeat? I kid you not, it's the best dessert you can have.
And if you serve it with a nice scoop of ice cream or a good serving of custard, you know you are in for a big treat. Not that it's not nice enough on its own, but if we can reach perfection, why not?
- apples - I used eating apples, but cooking apples are even better
- mincemeat - shop-bought is just fine
- butter - unsalted
- flour - regular flour is all we need
- oats - I used porridge oats, jumbo oats also ok
- sugar -optional, I find that the filling is sweet enough, and did not add any sugar to my topping, but granulated sugar can be used if wished to
You can make this crumble only with mincemeat, but I personally find that way too sweet for my taste. Granted, the mince pies only have a mincemeat filling, but then they are only tiny, so I can deal with a small amount of overindulgence.
By adding apples, the sweetness is better balanced, and you get a filling that has just the right amount of richness. You can use any kind of apples you have around.
The tart ones would probably be even better, they will cut the sweetness of the mincemeat even more - in which case, adding sugar to the topping might be a better idea too. But all in all, this is a dessert that will have everyone ask for seconds - it really does tick all the boxes.
I chose NOT to add any sugar to the topping, given that the filling is sweet enough, but that is personal preference, if you want to add some, I would recommend no more than 50 grams of sugar added to the butter, flour and oat mixture.
Step-by-step photos and instructions
- butter an ovenproof dish
- peel, core and chop the apples
- add them to the dish together with the mincemeat, and mix well to have the apples coated in the mincemeat
- melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly
- in a large bowl, add the flour, oats and melted butter (+sugar if you choose to use some) and mix to get a lumpy mixture
- top the apple and mincemeat filling with the topping and bake at 190 degrees Celsius (375 Fahrenheit) for 35 minutes or until golden
This crumble is such a scrumptious dessert. We had ours with vanilla custard, and it was honestly such a fabulous treat. You know Christmas is coming when you have a bite of a mincemeat treat, what a triumph! I used mincemeat too in my Mince Pie Pinwheels and that was just a winning combination too.
I find that melting the butter helps massively with a much better crumble topping. My way to go used to be rubbing the cold butter with the flour to make breadcrumbs, but I find that you get a deeper shade of golden and a much crumbly texture when the butter is melted.
Plus, it also slightly reduces the baking time - I used to have to bake the crumble for ages, whereas now it's ready in 35 minutes maximum. So a win win for me. If I can make something quicker and better, then why not?!
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Apple and Mincemeat Crumble
- 4 apples
- 6 tablespoon mincemeat
- 150 g butter
- 150 g flour
- 50 g oats
- optional - 50 g sugar ( I find that the filling is sweet enough, and did not add any sugar to my topping, but granulated sugar can be used if wished to)
- Butter an ovenproof dish.
- Peel, core and chop the apples, and add them to the dish together with the mincemeat.
- Mix well to get the apples fully coated in the mincemeat.
- Melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly.
- In a bowl, add the flour, oats, melted butter and sugar if used.
- Mix to get a lumpy mixture.
- Top the apple and mincemeat with the flour topping, and bake at 190 degrees Celsius (375 Fahrenheit) for 35 minutes until golden and the filling is bubbling hot.
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- I find that melting the butter helps massively with a much better crumble topping. My way to go used to be rubbing the cold butter with the flour to make breadcrumbs, but I find that you get a deeper shade of golden and a much crumbly texture when the butter is melted.
- Plus, it also slightly reduces the baking time - I used to have to bake the crumble for ages, whereas now it's ready in 35 minutes maximum.