Apple Crumble (The Cake the Buddha Ate)

Nothing like a comforting piece of apple crumble hot from the oven with some custard or cream to warm the cockles of your heart on a cold wintry evening with aromas from the spices which are beautifully intoxicating.

I adjusted the recipe slightly by increasing the spice quantities and placing the entire crumble on top of the apples instead of mixing a portion of it in with the apples as with the original recipe in the book, The Cake the Buddha Ate.

Buddha apple crumble

Apple Crumble


500g self-raising flour
½ tsp cinnamon – I used 1 tsp
½ tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cardamom – I omitted this as I only have pods
⅛ nutmeg – I used almost ½ tsp
½ tsp salt
250g butter, soft
2 cups brown sugar – I only used 1¼ cups
500g apples, cooked or 1 x 725 g tin – I cooked 4 large red apples in a about 2 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tbsp brown sugar
½ cup raisins – I omitted these because I was plum out of raisins
½ cup chopped nuts – I omitted these because I was plum out of nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and prepare a pie dish.
  2. Gently work the flour, spices, salt and butter together between your thumbs and fingertips to form crumbs.
  3. Add the sugar and blend with your fingers to retain the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  4. Combine half the mixtures with the apples and raisins, and place in a dish, alternatively just place the apples and raisins in the bottom of the dish followed by the entire crumble mixture on top.
  5. Sprinkle over the remaining crumbs and then the chopped nuts.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes until golden.
  7. Serve warm with custard or cream or possibly even ice cream if it isn’t too much of a wintry night.

43 thoughts on “Apple Crumble (The Cake the Buddha Ate)

  1. I love the spices and the fruits that are in this cake. It must have beautiful texture and it looks really moist. I haven’t heard of this type of cake before xx

    • Think I shall be enjoying this more and more this cold winter!
      All’s well thanks Kim although Pete doing a lot of travelling – he is currently in South Sudan which is not nice and then off to Kenya for 2 weeks. SEems I might be making a trip to Kenya with him soon to assess whether we will be moving there for a while… I will keep you posted. If we do go, it will mean my Pete coming home everyday after work which we both desperately miss. Our kitties have settled into their winter routine of sleeping on our bed for the most part. Precious little things. I cannot imagine my life without them. We are hoping my folks will be moving down to our village sometime soon from Johannesburg. It will be wonderful having them so close, well then again, not if Pete and I do a trip to Kenya for a while. Life is always throwing a curve ball. How are you my dear. I know your heart is very sore at the moment with your boys leaving home for a while. Love as always to you. 🙂 xoxoxo

  2. Looks like we will be having a huge apple harvest again this year so this recipe will go in a file of great recipes to try when I have a ton of apples again.

    • How wonderful having your own apples Connie! Fabulous! I am sure you will love this recipe when you get around to making it. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo

  3. I love crumble topping, actually I have an uncontrolled craving for it now that I have looked at your delicious apple crumble. The only issue is that you are all the way over there in S. Africa and I am all the way over here in HK. We so need to sort that out!

    • Tell me about it Bam. These miles separating our being able to share each others meals is not fun. Wonder when they will get around to sorting out that scratch and sniff / taste screens… Have a fabulous day. 🙂 xo

  4. I am a fan of freshly baked, warm apple crumble with a scoop of cold ice cream. yumm! nothing can beat that! and this picture makes me want to have some right now. thank you for sharing this recipe.. it looks wonderful.! absolutely perfect!
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