Here’s A Spiked Apple Crumble Recipe for All the Teachers

October 5, 2019

Today, the world celebrates teachers—people who have significantly helped define each one of us today. Show them how far you’ve come by making them this spiked apple crumble. It’s our upgraded, look-I-know-how-to-bake-now-but-not-really take on the cliche of giving apples to teachers. (Side note: does anyone know why we do this?) Oh, and of course it’s spiked because, anyone who had to deal with students like us deserve a break.

Thanks to all of our teachers!

We think the term “teacher” isn’t exclusive to the academe. You can even think of Kimmie as your teacher, as she walks you through this recipe. The best part of a crumble is that it’s so easy to do, you’re literally just dumping stuff on top of whatever filling. That said, you can customize this recipe to any fruit you (or whoever you’re making it for) prefer(s). But if you decide to do it our way, you get a sweet apple filling, which goes well with the oat-y crumble.

Spiked Apple Crumble

  • Serves: 4-6 people
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy



  • 1kg (about 6-8) apples, peeled and cut into wedges
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt

Spiked Sauce

  • ½ cup dark rum
  • ¼ cup water + 2 tbsp. cornstarch


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, cold


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apples, white sugar, brown sugar, and salt.
  3. Toss until well coated, then set aside for 1 hour (up to 3) until apples have released all their juices.
  4. Strain apples and place liquid into a saucepan together with the dark rum.
  5. Cook mixture over medium heat until reduced by about half, about 5 minutes.
  6. Whisk together water and cornstarch in a small bowl then whisk slurry into the reduced liquid.
  7. Cook until thickened and bubbling then set aside to cool slightly.
  8. Pour mixture over the drained apples then toss until well coated.
  9. Place apples into a large heavy-bottomed baking dish.
  10. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, and white sugar.
  11. Add in the butter and knead the butter into the flour mixture until a crumbly dough starts to form.
  12. Place the crumble over the prepared apples and place in the oven until the top is golden and the apples are soft and syrupy, about 45-50 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and serve warm.​
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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