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5-Spice Apple & Ginger Crumble

Take my own family’s special recipe, add your own kitchen… and voila! A truly spectacular dessert that you can roll out, whatever the occasion.


5-Spice Apple & Ginger Crumble

10 minutes
1 hour + cooling

8 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp 5-spice powder

¼ tsp sea salt

vanilla ice cream, to serve



100g butter (about 8 tablespoons)

1 cup plain flour

¼ cup roughly chopped almonds

2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

½ tsp sea salt

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C/356°F.

  • Step 2

    In a large baking dish, combine the fruit, ginger, sugar, 5-spice and salt. Cover with foil place on a baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes.

  • Step 3

    In the meantime, make the crumble. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. In a large bowl, place the flour, almonds, vanilla and salt. Pour in the melted butter and mix until combined and ‘lumpy’ like wet sand.

  • Step 4

    Remove the baking dish from the oven and uncover. Use a wooden spoon to push fruit down a little. Scatter the crumble topping over the fruit. Bake for another 30 minutes or until the crumble topping is golden.

  • Step 5

    Cool for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.

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What our customers say

Rated 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)
Very good100%
February 8, 2023

Easy peasy!

This is a great way to use up end of summer apples, or, in my case winter apples purchased at the store. So easy to make, and the ginger is a delicious addition

January 23, 2023

A unique take on Apple Crisp

I come from a province in Canada where apples and apple crisp are staples. We tend to lean towards a sweeter concoction, which I find can be too sweet. I wasn’t sure what I would think of this but I wanted to try. There isn’t a lot of sugar and green apples make it a little tart. I left out the peppercorns as that was a bit too adventurous for me 🙂 The 5 spice gave it an interesting flavour. The topping is almost like a shortbread and the almonds are a great addition. I like the ginger too. My family enjoyed it but mentioned it did need a nice large scoop of vanilla ice cream to level it out. I think next time I may mix a sweet and tart apple but will definitely make it again. Love trying your recipes Marion.

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