apple-crumble-sundaeHarry Weir

Apple crumble and ice-cream are a classic combo so it makes sense to turn this comforting dessert into a sundae.


Serves 6

  • 4 large Golden Delicious apples
  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200ml apple cider
  • 125ml double cream
  • 110g plain flour
  • 110g light brown sugar
  • 30g porridge oats
  • 80g butter
  • 1 x 500ml tub vanilla ice-cream


  1. Peel, core and roughly chop the apples into quarters. Over a low heat, melt the butter in a heavy bottomed frying pan. Then stir in the caster sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, vanilla and apples and cook on a medium heat until the apples are soft. Allow to cool. Remove the apples but keep the cooking juices in the pan.
  2. Place the pan back on a high heat and add the cider. Whisk and then reduce the liquid by half. Then stir in the cream. Strain and cool.
  3. Put the flour, brown sugar, oats and 80g of butter into a bowl and rub together using your fingertips. Place on a baking tray and cook at 175ºC/gas mark 3V for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  4. To assemble the sundae, in the bottom of the bowl pour in some sauce, then add in a layer of apple and crumble mixture, top with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and repeat to build another layer. To finish, drizzle with the sauce and crumble mixture.

Tip: Use pears or pineapple if you prefer. Soak raisins in some apple juice to make them juicy and add to the spicy sauce.

Recipe Credit: Louise Lennox
Photography credit: Harry Weir