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Apple crumble is made using the rubbing-in method of cake making. The rubbing-in method involves cutting the fat into small pieces and incorporating it into the dry ingredients using your fingertips; i.e. the fat (e.g. butter) is gently rubbed into the dry ingredients (e.g. flour) by hand. The rubbing-in method is used to make a range of baked goods, including fruit crumbles, pastry, scones and some biscuits (e.g. shortbread).

Gluten Free Apple Crumble & Homemade Vanilla Custard

Gluten Free Mummy
There are few better flavour combinations than a buttery and mildly tart apple crumble smothered in a sweet and creamy vanilla custard.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
For the homemade vanilla custard 25 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 6 people


  • 125 g plain gluten free flour
  • 60 g light brown sugar
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 170 g gluten free porridge oats
  • 125 g hard butter cubed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon optional, ensure gluten free
  • 4 large cooking apples peeled, cored and sliced

For the vanilla custard

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 400 ml full-fat milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar


  • Preheat oven to 190°C/Gas 5.
  • Sieve flour into a bowl, add butter and rub it into the flour using your fingertips.
  • Stir in the sugar, cinnamon and oats.
  • Place the sliced apples in ovenproof dish.
  •  Spoon over the crumble.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

For the vanilla custard

  • Halve the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Add the pod and the seeds to a pan on a medium-low heat, pour in the milk and bring just to the boil.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, then remove the vanilla pod.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and cornflour until pale.
  • Gradually add the warm milk, a ladle at a time, whisking well before each addition.
  • Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook gently on a low heat for about 20 minutes, until thickened to a desirable pouring consistency, whisking continuously.
Keyword apple crumble, gluten free, vanilla custard