10 apple dessert ideas

05 September 2018

Apples are enormously versatile, they’re perfect for trifles, pies, crumbles and more.



Nothing quite says autumn like tree branches heaving with apples. Even if you don’t have a tree of your own you’re sure to find a friend or neighbour with more apples than they could possibly eat, and farmers markets are well-stocked with British-grown apples during the autumn months.

Read our tips for cooking with apples

Bramley apple and treacle roly poly

Tart Bramley apples and sweet, oozing treacle combine to make a delightfully traditional pudding that's sure to warm you up on drizzly, dark autumn days.

Recipe: Bramley apple and treacle roly poly

The Hairy Dieters apple and cinnamon strudel

Apple and cinnamon strudel

Strudel always looks impressive but it’s extremely easy to make with shop bought filo pastry, as in this recipe from The Hairy Bikers. Season with warming cinnamon and cloves, and serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of cream, custard or crème fraiche.

Recipe: Apple and cinnamon strudel

Apple and Calvados trifle

Apple and Calvados trifles

These lovely little individual apple trifles from cookery writer Diana Henry are ideal for a special autumn dinner party dessert or even as a Christmas pudding alternative. You can save yourself time by using shop bought sponge fingers and custard.

Recipe: Apple and Calvados trifles

Baked apples

Baked apples with cranberries and pecans

In terms of easy desserts you can't get much easier than a baked apple. It's also extremely healthy, although the cider drizzle and sweet and crunchy filling of maple syrup, pecans and cranberries stops these baked apples being too boring.

Recipe: Baked apples with cranberries and pecans

Eve's pudding, a traditional apple dessert served with custard

Eve’s pudding

Part cake, part pudding, Eve's pudding is a stewed apple mixture baked with a Victoria sponge on top and served with custard, cream or ice cream. It makes a lovely autumn pudding and can be served in individual dishes or a family-sized dish.

Recipe: Eve's pudding

Oaty apple crumble

Oaty apple crumble

Adding oats to a crumble mix gives your apple crumble a healthy twist as oats are a healthy source of fibre and help lower bad cholesterol.

Recipe: Oaty apple crumble

Apple and blackberry pie

Apple and blackberry pie

Apple pie is a classic autumn pud, and by pairing Bramley apples with deliciously sweet blackberries you get a fabulous pie that’s bursting with autumn flavour.

Recipe: Apple and blackberry pie

Apple crumble ice cream

Apple crumble ice cream

A luxuriously creamy homemade vanilla ice cream with swirls of smooth stewed apples and crunchy crumble topping, this refreshing pudding is ideal for an Indian summer or when apples start appearing on trees in August.

Recipe: Apple crumble ice cream

Caramel apple tarte tatin

Caramel apple tarte tatin

This classic French dessert recipe from Jean-Christophe Novelli is bursting with sweet apples cooking in a rich caramel sauce.

Recipe: Caramel apple tarte tatin

Bramley apple cake with crunchy topping

Apple crumble cake

If you're a bit sick of apple crumble why not make this luxurious apple cake that can also double as a dessert when served hot with a dollop of custard. Cold leftovers can be enjoyed as a lovely autumnal cake the next day.

Recipe: Apple crumble cake

Looking for more baking inspiration? Try one of these delicious apple cake recipes

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