Easy Apple Crumble for One

by Jo Kenny

Sometimes you really want a delicious home made dessert without being left with a massive mountain of baking to get through, right? For that reason I’m really getting into small batch bakes and desserts. It’s nice to have a homemade treat without it turning into a gargantuan amount of food that is either entirely too large to tackle on your own (or with your partner) and ends up getting wasted.

Small batch desserts are great because they allow you to enjoy the delicious homemade puddings in a very manageable portion. In this case, instead of having a giant crumble to tackle this lovely little recipe will give you a single portion of delicious apple crumble in 20 minutes with minimal washing up.

Small batch apple crumble for one


This is a delicious classic apple crumble recipe could not be easier. It takes just 5 minutes to make with readily available ingredients in your fridge and cupboards.  My apple crumble recipe has a tasty infusion of sweet raspberry jam that adds a nice sticky note. There’s also some classic warming cinnamon. I really like to use oats in my crumble as I think it adds a delicious chewy texture. For me, crumble should be crisp and lightly browned on top from the oven, then lovely and chewy underneath.


  • 1 apple, peeled and cut into small slices
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp jam (I like to use raspberry)
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


This apple crumble for one could not be easier to make.

Start by pre heating your oven to 190c. Then in a bowl add your apple slices, water, cinnamon and jam and give it a good stir to combine. Pop the apple mix into a little heat proof dish that is suitable for one portion.

In a bowl (why not use the same you used to the apple mixing, less washing up!) add the flour, oats and cold cubed butter. Rub the mixture together with clean hands until a large crumb forms. Now add the brown sugar and stir to combine.

Evenly spoon your crumble mixture on top of the apple, and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Enjoy your apple crumble on its own, or make it extra special with some custard (cold for me!) or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Overview

Apple Crumble for One

A delicious and easy apple crumble perfect for one portion
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Apple crumble, Small batch
Servings: 1
Calories: 343kcal
Cost: £0.70


  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Peeler
  • Bowl
  • Small oven proof dish


  • 1 Apple, peeled and cut into small slices
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 0.5 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Jam
  • 2 tbsp Plain flour
  • 2 tbsp Oats
  • 1 tbsp Cold cubed butter
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar


  • Pre heat your oven to 190c.
  • Add your apple slices to a bowl with water, cinnamon and jam and stir to combine. Add the apple mix into a little heat proof dish.
  • In a bowl add the flour, oats and cold cubed butter. Rub the mixture together with clean hands until a large crumb forms. Next add the brown sugar and stir to combine.
  • Top the apple with the crumble mix and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

What to cook your apple crumble in

Of course with small batch cooking you will need a much smaller receptacle to cook in. You can use anything that is heat proof to be honest. Whether that’s a little dish, a large ramekin… you could even use a mug if you wanted to!

I made use of my adorable little Le Creuset pot which is absolutely perfect for this kind of dessert for one. They’re so cute and add a nice cosy rustic touch when enjoying your crumble. My Le Creuset pot is in Volcanic Orange.

What kind of apples to use

I’m going to start by saying that I detest cooking apples. I have no idea why such horrible sour apples are traditionally suggested for using in recipes… let alone desserts! I much prefer the natural sweetness of a regular eating apple, and that way you don’t need to go adding loads of sugar to balance the flavours. I don’t add any sugar to the apple mix of this crumble. Plus, an apple crumble for one recipe needs to be easy, so let’s use readily available ingredients.

And with that, please use any eating apple you fancy! I love to use a Pink Lady apple because they’re nice and crisp – so they hold their shape well during cooking.

Crumble Calories

Now we don’t do guilt here at Girl Eats World. We do joyful eating and being intuitive. For that reason I don’t make a huge deal about calories in my meals but I thought on this occasion it’s worth noting that this apple crumble isn’t too heavy at all. It has less than 350 calories in the portion and trust me, it is worth every bite and feels much more indulgent than that!

More fruity dessert recipes

Here’s some more recipes I think you will like if you’re a fan of fruity desserts.

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