Chai Apple Crumble (aka Apple Brown Betty)

Chai Apple Crumble (aka Apple Brown Betty)

with Tipu's Chai

Wondering what to do with all those fall apples?  Apple Crumble happens to be one of the easiest and most rewarding desserts you can offer guests or family.  It doesn’t just taste amazing, it also makes your whole house smell wonderful!

We would like to share a recipe developed over years of trial and error with our chai fans.  This is a gluten-free version since many folks have developed a gluten intolerance.  And between the fruit, the whole grain oats and the nuts, you have to admit this is a pretty healthy dessert.

Apples love spices.  Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger.  Why mess with measuring out a bunch of different spices when Tipu’s Chai Now® Unsweetened Masala Chai offers just the perfect combination of flavors to make apples sing?

So let’s get started.  First, know your apples.  The best ones for baking are slightly tart, firm apples like Granny Smiths.  But any apple can make a great crumble.  Even better, combine several different kinds of apples for complexity.  Taste them as you are chopping.  If they are sweet, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to them to liven up the flavor.  If they are extra juicy, add a smidge more cornstarch.

We think you’ll like this family favorite. It’s easy to get those kiddos after school to help make it.  And when it comes, warm and fragrant out of the oven, it is a perfect vehicle for a little vanilla ice cream.

Chai Apple Crumble (aka Apple Brown Betty) with Tipu's Chai

  • Serves: 6-8
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  • 12 small or 8 large Apples, cored and sliced thin (no need to peel)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins®)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Tipu’s Chai Now® Unsweetened Masala Chai
  • Pinch salt

For crumble:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 ½ cup whole oats
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped or ground almonds
  • 1 tsp salt


Core and slice apples thinly and place in large bowl. No need to remove the skins unless they are very tough.   Add brown sugar, cranberries, cornstarch, chai and salt.  Stir until the apples are thoroughly coated.  Place in buttered baking dish and press down.

Make crumble: In a saucepan, melt the butter.  Add almonds, brown sugar and salt.  Add oats to pan and blend thoroughly.  It should be slightly dry.  Spread across the top of the apples in a thin layer.

Bake at 350 F. for 45 minutes.  Take out and test the apples with a knife.  They should be slightly soft but not mushy.  Return to oven if needed for 15 more minutes.  Cool slightly and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream on top.


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