Bake with Adairs: Autumn Apple Crumble

MAR 29|4 min read

We’re celebrating autumn with a bake-off. Read more to find our best-ever apple crumble recipe and some handy bakeware tips & tricks. 

We’re celebrating the changing season. 

The weather is slowly starting to cool; while we wait for the leaves to turn red, we’re ushering in autumn with some baking. Is there a cosier smell than the scent of apple and cinnamon on the air? The Adairs office has been smelling particularly delicious lately, while we’ve been putting our favourite apple crumble recipes head-to-head. We’re particularly blessed to have some expert bakers in our team, who know an awful lot about sweet treats – and how to make them!

Bakewear tips & tricks

A good baker is only as good as their tools. When you’re choosing a baking dish or tray, it’s always best to go for thicker options. A hefty base and sides won’t warp when the temperature increases, protecting your hard work in the oven. If you’re making a brownie or loaf, line your dish in baking paper and leave a good bit of overhang, so you’ll be able to lift out your baked goods using the paper as handles. An added benefit of lining your bakeware is much easier cleaning (which also means less chance you’ll scratch the dish with your scrubber). Allow your bakeware to fully cool down before washing it, to make sure your beloved pieces don’t buckle or crack from the sudden change in temperature.

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Insider Tip:

Did you know that dark colours are more likely to burn baked goods? Bakeware in black or grey will absorb heat faster, which is why we prefer using white, ceramic dishes – like our favourite Boston Bakeware collection.



Meet our winner!

It came as absolutely no surprise to the team when our beloved Ashleigh Bennett won the apple crumble bake-off. Known around our office as the star baker, she’s always the first one to bake a cake for birthdays - and her famous Tim Tam balls for a mid-week pick-me-up! Using time in the kitchen to unwind, when she’s not baking up a storm Ash is our Digital Content Coordinator. Here’s her prize-winning recipe:

Ash's Apple Crumble


Apple Filling

  • 1kg Granny Smith Apples, weight before peeling & coring
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 90 g rolled oats
  • 150 g flour
  • 175 g brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 125 g unsalted butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (both fan and standard).
  2. Core and peel apples, then cut into 1.5cm cubes.
  3. Place apples in a bowl. Sprinkle with flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg then pour over lemon juice and vanilla. Toss, then spread out evenly in our Boston Rectangle Baking Dish.
  4. Place Topping ingredients in a bowl. Mix until clumps form, like wet sand. Spread the topping over the apples, scattering with fingers if required to get that crumbly topping.
  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, cover loosely with foil to keep warm and let stand for 10 minutes before serving, to allow the sauce that’s formed around the apples to thicken.
  6. Ash loves to serve her crumble with really good double cream, for a texture and taste hit!

Explore the range!

Bake up a storm this autumn and fragrance your home with buttery, golden goodness. Let our range of bakeware be the ultimate sous chef.

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