This Rustic Apple Crumble Crostata combines two of my family's favorite apple desserts; an apple pie and an apple crumble. It's both casual and rustic but still has a lot of pizzazz.
I originally shared this recipe in 2015. I've recently updated this post with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself (and the photos) have remained unchanged.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making this easy rustic apple crumble crostata is available at the end of this post. Or you can hit the "jump to recipe" button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.
The ingredient list:
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- 2 - 9" round pie crust (homemade or store-bought)
To make the filling:
- pink lady apples
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- lemon juice
- pure vanilla extract
To make the crumble:
- quick-cooking oats
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
- all-purpose flour
- pure vanilla extract
To make the icing:
- confectioners sugar
- pure almond extract
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- large mixing bowls
- apple peeler
- chef's knife
- paring knife
- cutting board
- rolling pin
- measuring cups and spoons
- nutmeg grater (optional)
- pastry blender (optional)
- piping bag, parchment triangle, or sandwich-sized zip-top bag
- baking sheets
- baking spray
- extra large spatula (cake lifter)
- cake boards (for storing and freezing)
- serving tray
- cake plate
- pie server
How this recipe came to be:
My parents were coming for dinner, so I wanted to make something simple for dessert with ingredients I already had on hand in my pantry and fridge.
I took out the package of frozen pie dough and let it thaw on the counter as I pondered in my head what I would do with it.
As I was peeling the apples that I'd had in my fridge the idea of making a crumble topping in order to dress up this rustic crostata popped into my head, and I ran with it!
Sorry that I don't have a photo of a slice of the crostata for you, but because I was bringing them to feed family and friends, it didn't seem right. Forgive me? LOL
Why this recipe works:
Everyone will think you went to a lot of trouble to make this casual yet impressive dessert but only you need to know that they only take moments to put together using everyday basic baking ingredients.
How many rustic apple crumble crostatas will this recipe make?
As written this recipe will make two crostatas.
However, should you want to make one crostata, cutting the recipe ingredient amounts in half shouldn't be a problem.
Can this rustic crostata be frozen after baking?
Make sure to cool the completed crostata or crostatas completely before wrapping them well in a few layers of plastic wrap.
*Note - before wrapping, you may want to place the crostata on a cardboard cake round for stability before freezing.
They can then be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
Can other types of apples be used to make these apple crostatas?
Yes, but make sure you use apples that hold their integrity and won't fall apart or get mushy during baking.
Best varieties of apples for baking:
- Matsu (Crispin)
- Pink Lady
How long will the apple crostatas keep in the refrigerator?
Wrapped well, you can keep these in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Serving suggestions for rustic apple crostatas:
Serve them hot out of the oven, at room-temperature, or even cold right from the fridge. The choice is yours and they're all equally delicious, if I do say so myself!
Topping suggestions for an apple crumble galette:
Whipped Cream, ice Cream (your favorite flavor), caramel drizzle, chocolate drizzle, confectioners sugar dusing, strawberry sauce...where will your taste buds take you?
Some step-by-step photos for making this Apple Crumble Crostata:
- Prepare the apple filling by adding the peeled and sliced apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
- In another large bowl, mix the crumble ingredients (oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, flour, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt) together to form crumbs. Set aside.
- Use a rolling pin to gently roll the pie dough to increase the circle's circumference by about ½ inch. Transfer the rolled pie doughs onto two baking sheets that have been sprayed with baking spray.
- Place half of the sliced apples into the center of each pie dough, making sure to leave an approximate 2" border. *Note - Make sure to drain the liquid from the apples before adding them onto the pie crust if needed.
- Fold the border crust over the apples in sections. *NOTE - Don't forget that this pie is rustic, so do not worry that it's not perfect.
- Top each crostata with half of the crumble topping and bake in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the juices start to bubble.
- Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle the top of the cooled crumble topping with the icing, or fill a piping bag with the icing and pipe stripes of icing all over each crostata.
- Transfer the cooled and iced crostata using a large, wide spatula to serving platters or cake plates.
What is the difference between a crostata and a galette?
Crostata is an Italian word, and galette is French.
They both basically mean "free-form pastry," and are interchangable.
Additional apple recipes (sweet and savory) you'll also enjoy:
*Apple Pie Wedges (shown below and featured in the video)
You’re going to love how easy and delicious these apple pie wedges are to make…and eat. With store-bought or homemade pie crust, apple pie wedges are utterly delicious!!
*Pork Meatballs with Apples and Onions (not shown)
Pork Meatballs with Apple and Onion are tender meatballs made with ground pork, grated apple, onion, and seasonings. The meatballs are browned in a skillet and finished in the oven, along with a sweet and savory pan sauce that will knock your socks off.
*No-Knead Apple Yeast Bread (shown below)
This delicious and sweet No-Knead Apple Yeast Bread is moist and flavorful. It’s loaded with lots of fresh apple chunks and plenty of warm cinnamon. The aroma of it baking in the oven is something you need to experience!
Fall’s bounty of flavors and colors shine brightly in this delicious and easy dish of Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Apple.
* Apple Crumble Crostata (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's rustic yet impressive Apple Crumble Crostata.
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Apple Crumble Crostata
FOR THE CRUST:
- 2 9" round pie crusts homemade or store-bought
FOR THE FILLING:
- 4 Pink Lady apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 lemon
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
FOR THE TOPPING:
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons butter cut into pieces
FOR THE ICING:
- 1½ cup confectioners sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- -Preheat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
- -Place filling ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix thoroughly.
TO MAKE THE TOPPING:
- -Place the topping ingredients in a large bowl and use your hands (or a pastry blender) to work the butter into the flour, sugar, and oats to form a mixture that resembles small peas or coarse crumbs.
TO PREPARE THE CRUST:
- -Use a rolling pin to gently roll the pie dough to increase the circle's circumference by about ½ inch. Transfer the rolled pie doughs onto two baking sheets that have been sprayed with baking spray.
TO ASSEMBLE THE CROSTATAS:
- -Place half of the sliced apples into the center of each pie dough, making sure to leave an approximate 2" border. *Note - Make sure to drain the liquid from the apples before adding them onto the pie crust if needed.
- -Fold the border crust over the apples in sections. *NOTE - Don't forget that this pie is rustic, so do not worry that it's not perfect.
- -Top each crostata with half of the crumble topping and bake in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the juices start to bubble.
- -Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.
- -In a small bowl, whisk together the icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle the top of the cooled crumble topping with the icing, or fill a piping bag with the icing and pipe stripes of icing all over each apple crumble crostata.
- -Transfer the cooled and iced crostata using a large, wide spatula to serving platters or cake plates.
- -Cut into wedges, serve and enjoy!
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's easy apple crostata with an oat crumble topping as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!