Rustic Apple Crumble

On this week's episode of Baking a Murderer, we spoke about John Wayne Gacy, who was from Illinois where their state fruit is an apple, so decided to make an apple crumble!

This recipe comes together in just about an hour, is super easy, cheap to make, and damn delicious. You probably already have all the needed ingredients in your kitchen, so go put our podcast and bake away!

Apple Filling Ingredients:

4 Granny Smith Apples, peeled & largely cubed

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp Corn Starch

1/2 stp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/8 tsp Allspice

1/8 tsp Sea Salt

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Crumble Topping:

1 Cup AP or GF Flour

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 Cup Instant Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Vegan Butter*

1/2 Cup Shortening*

*You can use 1 full cup or either vegan butter, or shortening, use whatever you have on hand. Vegan butter is a bit pricy, so I did half and half to cut down on cost. If you use all shortening, add 1/8 tsp sea salt to the topping mixture.


1. Peel and cube Apples, set aside.

2. Whisk together dry filling ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Using your hands, add the cubed apples to the dry filling ingredients. Pour vanilla over the apples. Use your hands to toss the apples in the mixture until totally coated. Set aside.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, & rolled oats.

5. Cut in butter/shortening until the mixture becomes sticky, yet still on the crumbly side.

6. Transfer the apple mixture into a 9x9 baking dish.

7. Evenly sprinkles the crumble topping onto the apples, making sure all are covered.

8. Bake at 350º for 40 minutes, turning once at the 20 minutes mark.

9. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve alone, or with vegan vanilla ice cream or vegan whipped cream. -We topped with rosemary because it's pretty, and apples and rosemary go well together.