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An Apple Crumble recipe that will have you licking your plate clean! Soft apples, topped with a buttery crumble top and homemade salted caramel sauce. Pure heaven!

top down view of salted caramel apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

I remember being a little girl and watching my mom make her recipe for apple crumble which was heavy on the apples and very light on the crumble and I remember thinking what a travesty it was. I was probably 5.

So, as an adult armed with a decent amount of kitchen knowledge, I took matters into my own hands promising myself that I would create a recipe that even I, the cooked fruit hater, could love.

And I did it! I took it pretty easy on the apples, doubled the normal amount of crumble topping, and was quite heavy-handed with the warm salted caramel sauce for the ultimate fall dessert that everyone and their mom will love. So let’s make this baby!

top down view of ingredients in bowls

Main Ingredients Needed

This apple crumble recipe has three main components. The sauce, crumble, and apple filling. Each section needs its own set of ingredients and so I’m going to break it down for you so you know exactly what you have already and what you need to go buy.

For the Caramel Sauce

All pretty basic pantry staples. If you really aren’t wanting to make caramel sauce you can always buy the pre-made stuff.

  • Sugar – the base of all caramel sauce! Sticky sweet goodness.
  • Water – this helps dissolve the sugar so you get a smooth caramel.
  • Sea Salt – I love flavoring this sauce with sea salt but you could always leave it out.
  • Heavy Cream – for creaminess.
  • Butter – this provides silky texture.
  • Vanilla – for flavor!

For the Crumble

If you like to bake you should already have this stuff, which means, you could probably make this dessert today!

  • Flour – this holds the butter together so it doesn’t create a melty mess.
  • Granulated + Brown Sugar – both are used to sweeten.
  • Butter – this creates a great flavorful crumb.
  • Salt – this balances out the flavors.

For the Apples

Do you see a pattern here? This recipe is set up to be ready to make and super easy to follow!

  • Apples –ย the best apples to use for this dish are granny smith apples. This is simply because of their taste, texture, and good baking qualities.
  • Butter – to provide flavor while cooking the apples.
  • Lemon Juice – this brightens the flavor of the apples while also keeping them from browning.
  • Salt – this balances out the flavors.

How to Make Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

For full details on how to make Salted Caramel Apple Crumble, see the recipe card down below ๐Ÿ™‚

Step 1: Make the Crumble Topping

The first step is to prepare the crumble topping. This is a super easy process where you just measure, dump, and mix. The mixture will be crumbly but stay together when squeezed. Set aside.

Step 2: Make Salted Caramel Sauce

The hardest part of this recipe is probably making the homemade salted caramel. I’m going to walk you through the steps pretty well but if it still intimidates you in any way, there are plenty of salted caramel sauces on the market which are great options. Even warming up Hershey’s caramel sauce and adding in a little sea salt will work too. Here we go ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat to melt the sugar. Continue cooking and swirling sugar until it turns amber in color.
  2. Whisk in sea salt and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up violently briefly. Continue whisking until the sauce is smooth.
  3. Stir in butter and vanilla. Set aside.

Step 3: Prep Apples + Cook

Prepare apples and toss in lemon juice.

Cook apples in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat in butter to draw out moisture. Sprinkle with salt to draw out all the moisture possible. Drain apples and place back into skillet. This process should take about 5-7 minutes of cooking.

Step 4: Layer Apple Crumble

Pour 3/4 of prepared caramel sauce into the apples and stir gently. Top with the crumble topping.

Step 5: Bake + Serve

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and serve with remaining caramel sauce.

Toppings

Besides the caramel sauce, you can also top this dessert with ice cream or whipped cream. Kinda think of it as a deconstructed apple pie. So all that creaminess perfectly compliments this apple crumble recipe.

pouring more salted caramel sauce over crumble topping

Leftovers

I doubt you’ll have any leftovers because this dessert is SO divine! But if you do, don’t worry. Cover with plastic wrap and store your apple crumble in the fridge for up to 4 days.

You can reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time or pop it into the oven to warm it up.

More Apple Recipes to Try!

Be sure to save, email, or pin this recipe so you have it and use it all Fall long. It’s a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

Printable recipe card below. Have a great day, friends!

4.79 from 19 votes

Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

An Apple Crumble recipe that will have you licking your plate clean! Soft Apples, topped with a buttery crumble top and homemade salted caramel sauce. Pure heaven!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients

For the caramel sauce-

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the crumble-

For the apples-

  • 4 granny smith apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

For the caramel sauce-

  • Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat to melt the sugar. Continue cooking and swirling sugar until it turns amber in color.
  • Whisk in sea salt and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up violently briefly. Continue whisking until sauce is smooth.
  • Stir in butter and vanilla. Set aside.
    salted caramel in a pot with a whisk

For the Crumble

  • Combine all ingredients together using a stand mixer. The mixture will be crumbly but stay together when squeezed. Set aside.
    crumble mixture in a kitchen aid bowl

For the Apples

  • Prepare apples and toss in lemon juice.
    peeled and sliced apples in a glass bowl
  • Cook apples in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat in butter to draw out moisture. Sprinkle with salt to draw out all the moisture possible. Drain apples and place back into skillet. This process should take about 5-7 minutes of cooking.
    peeled and sliced apples in a cast iron skillet
  • Pour 3/4 of prepared caramel sauce into the apples and stir gently.
    pouring salted caramel sauce over cooked apples all in a cast iron skillet
  • Top with the crumble topping.
    crumble topping on top of salted caramel apples
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and serve with remaining caramel sauce.
    pouring more salted caramel sauce over crumble topping

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple crumble, apple crumble recipe, how to make apple crumble, salted caramel sauce

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      1. Lauren

        How long did you cook it on the stove for? Typically, people have trouble with their sugar mixture burning versus not getting dark enough. It needs to cook long enough for the water to evaporate and the sugar crystals to melt and darken.

  1. emily

    it’s funny you posted this recipe because i just baked up my first apple crisp of the fall! adding caramel sounds like a fantastic idea. my main challenge for cooking lately has been working around the huge crack in my cooktop, haha! would love to win a new one ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!

  2. Cindy M

    I am adding the apple crumble to my “must make” fall recipes. My challenge is an increasing passion for baking vs tiny kitchen. Would love to win!!

  3. Sean C

    The recipe is making me drool. I will definitely try it out this weekend seeing as we’re having the inlaws over and I need some bonus points ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Alyssa

    This looks delicious! I’m in Vermont as we speak, and surrounded by delicious fall apples. This would be perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, love the video!! Last night I was craving apple pie, but i’m gluten-free and dairy-free and had yet to conquer a perfect pie crust. I looked at a ton of different recipes, and finally decided to just give it a whirl. And it worked out great! Used my handy-dandy KitchenAid mixer, but would have loved to make this in a food processor!

  5. Amber W

    I have made caramels and creme filled chocolates many times for the holiday season ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to try this recipe it looks amazing!

  6. stephanie diaz

    I have a apple crumble that I make with sliced apples or can pie filling if u have little time .. I add cinnamon and mix it all up real good… Then I make the crumble which is about 2 tbsp of melted butter.. it needs to becompletely melted.. about half a cup to a cup of flour all purpose with ccinnamon and a little sugar and I use organic sugar.. mix all the dry ingredients up well then with a fork add a little butter and crumble the mixture together with a fork …. Pop in the oven for about 30-40 mins at 350… It’s sooo yummy with a spoon of vanilla ice cream…. Fall in definitely in the air …. Love your video … And what thunder thighs… Girl please you just had a baby… Lol.. keep up the great job… I will be whipping up some of these recipes soon…

  7. Lynn Korcykoski

    I LOVE apples, anything apple will work for me, especially deep-dish apple pie! I’ve always had difficulty with homemade pie crust and have used pre-made. Last year I got a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for Christmas, the dough-hook attachment was the key to my success! I’ve finally been able to make my own flaky delicious pie crust, no more store-bought pre-made crusts for this girl, no way! My husband and I just picked 125 lbs. of apples this past Saturday. This recipe will be my next Apple-y creation and I know my family will love it!! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Lauren!!
    I love the video! You are such a natural and Brooke is the cutest thing! love her wings! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am SO making this apple crumble (love the concept) very very soon but recently, I conquered making a veggie mac and cheese, sneaking in all sorts of veggies (kale and cauliflower) and still having my kids eat it! ๐Ÿ™‚ by the way, LOVE your kitchen!

    1. Tiffany

      I did not have good luck with the caramel sauce…I tried twice and 1st time it stuck to the pan while I was whisking constantly and 2nd time it didnโ€™t get turn the amber color but tasted ok. Any help would be much appreciated!

  9. Alice

    This looks amazing! I love salted caramel on anything but this just screams fall. Our local apple orchards open soon. Can’t wait to make this crumble.

  10. Cara

    I was just telling my husband that it is time for Apple Crisp! Looks delicious. My most recent challenge was making duck risotto for the first time the other night. My husband is the gourmet in our family, but he was running late, so I had to step in and make it happen! It was so yummy.

  11. Alexis

    Oh My! This looks delish!! I just conquered making carmel apple pops … taking an apple and carving out bite size pieces with a melon baller, and dipping them in yummy caramel! So easy and so wonderful that my kiddos didn’t have to struggle trying to figure out how to eat an entire caramel apple ๐Ÿ™‚ My childhood experienced all over again!

  12. christina

    This looks amazing! I will definitely add it to my list of- what to do with all these apples recipe list, as I help pick apples for our church booths apple pie making and always get to take a ton of apples home after and get to figure out what to do with them all!

    Recently I have tried my hand at making sorbet, as I had a lot of summer fruit (raspberries) and didnt want to make jam or jelly. I decided i wanted it seedless, which took forever to squeeze them out, but it came out so smooth and creamy I am glad I did!

  13. Michelle S

    Love your recipes, and looking forward to trying this heavenly caramel apple crumble!
    I recently made my grandmother’s lasagna; it was fun to cook it with her and then come home (she lives in another state) and make it for the rest of the family. I love carrying on her traditions!

  14. Jan Witwkowski

    This looks like the perfect thing for my family this Fall! Me, my husband and 4 grown kids! Everyone loves apples and caramel! Can’t wait to make it! Thanks for the recipe! Your daughter is adorable! She’ll grow up to cook like her MOM! Maybe your little guy too!

  15. Morgan

    The husband and I recently made homemade chocolate chip pancakes with a chocolate peanut butter sauce and it was amazing! I know he would love this apple crumble too – perfect for Fall!! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Dena

    This looks so yummy! Have to finish the apple crisp I made yesterday (using my kitchenaid stand mixer by the way for the topping) and then try this recipe. Thanks!

  17. Dorena

    I’m so making this today. DH brought home some Honeycrisp apples and I had planned on making apple pie. I cooked the Cast Iron Steak last week from your cookbook, and it was so mind blowing delish. Love the Kitchen Aid brand it’s a workhorse in the kitchen.

  18. Lesli

    I have finally figured out how to make fruit pies, I don’t know why those have always been troublesome for me. They would either come out too runny, too sweet, etc. So happy it is fall and I can make apple pie!

  19. Deb

    A very festive Salted Caramel Apple Crumble! My ongoing kitchen challenge is an oven that does not heat evenly. Which challenges my favorite baked recipes. Cakes are especially tricky!

  20. Billi K

    I recently became a stay at home mom. Your website has provided so much inspiration to cook new meals for my family (I’m not much of a cook). The cooking challenge I have conquered recently is making a meal we have never had every night of the week. I could not have done it without your website and your easy, delicious ideas.

  21. Jenifer T.

    This caramel apple crumble looks amazing. I love all things caramel! I just made some caramel frappacino cupcakes to kick off the fall season. The caramel sauce on them is amazing!

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