Saturday, December 13, 2008

Apple Crumble Ice Cream

One of my all-time favorite desserts is Annie's Apple Crumble, so named because a wonderful lady named Annie shared her recipe with me. This particular apple crumble is always a huge hit at potlucks. My husband likes it best when served with a scoop of ice cream. So tonight, with an apple crumble baking in the oven, I thought...why not mix them together? Genius! (And the best part is that you only need part of the apple crumble for the ice cream, so you will have more crumble leftover!)

First, the apple crumble recipe. Then the genius mash up.

Annie's Apple Crumble

5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced approx. 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
1 cup sugar, divided into two ½ cups
½ cup flour
½ cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
½ cup vegan margarine, such as Earth Balance

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Place the apples in a lightly oiled 8 x 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking dish. Sprinkle ½ cup sugar on top. Bake for 10 minutes.

While the apples are baking, make the crumble topping. Mix the flour, remaining ½ cup sugar, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Cut the margarine into small pieces and mash it into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers. The mixture will be crumbly and coarse.

When the first 10 minutes of baking are over, spread/sprinkle the topping over the apples. Bake (still at 350) for another 30 – 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden.

Ice Cream

2 cups soy creamer (or any non-dairy milk)
1 cups soy milk (or any non-dairy milk)
¾ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
dash nutmeg
2 tablespoons arrowroot
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup Annie's apple crumble, with the apple bit kind of chopped a little so it'll mix in easier

Mix ¼ cup of soy milk with the 2 tablespoons of arrowroot and set aside.

Mix the soy creamer, soy milk, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a saucepan. When the mixture has just started to boil, take off the heat and stir in the arrowroot slurry. This should immediately cause the liquid to thicken (not a lot, but a noticeable amount; it will be thicker when it cools).

Stir in vanilla extract.

Set the ice cream mixture aside to cool. Meanwhile, take your apple crumble--be sure it's not hot anymore!--and scoop out about 1 cup. If there are any large apple slices, cut them up a little so they will mix more easily into the ice cream. Break up the crumble topping if it's baked into a solid mass. The goal will be to spread the crumble bits throughout your ice cream base.

Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. Add the apple crumble in the last 5 minutes of freezing.


  1. Hmm, that sounds delicious!

  2. Anonymous12:29 PM

    Mmmm, that sounds delicious!

  3. That sounds excellent! I bet I could make a raw version somehow.....

  4. Anonymous7:46 AM

    trying this over the weekend!

  5. Anonymous10:45 AM

    This sounds really delicious!

  6. I just saw your recipe blasted for being unhealthy on another site, the great thing is that it led me to your recipe which I can't wait to try! It looks so amazing. I think I'm going to add a dollop of the ice cream onto the leftover crumble - HEAVEN!

  7. Anonymous1:56 PM

    I like your apple crumble ice cream. I'm french. Coming on your blog in France. Here's the adress of my blog
    good night.

  8. Anonymous8:37 PM

    Just catching up with my online reading .. what a timely recipe, as I've got apples in the frig that need a recipe! Thanks for sharing, A. Wishing you all the best in 2009.

  9. Yum, this would be awesome with some toffee crumble on top.

    or a caramel swirl. yum.

  10. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Wow! I am soooo happy to have found your blog. My husband got me the Cuisnart ice cream maker for Xmas, but I was struggling to find some good vegan recipes to make with it. I made up a couple of my own- converted from the regular ones that came with the maker, and they came out OK. But, now I am armed with a gluttony of recipes off your site and can not wait to try making them all! You are wonderful! When are you coming out with a book? You really should!

  11. this looks like my kind of ice cream!

  12. this looks so delicious.
    I try to make it!

  13. this looks so delicious.
    I try to make it.

  14. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Thankyou for your passion. we have a shared passion for vegan ice cream - it is great to meet you!
    Hope you are feeling better and that 2009 is a great year for you.
    Soy-free, sugar-free and gluten-free ice cream and frozen treats are super-simple and yummy to make.
    Your creativity is inspiring :)

  15. Anonymous12:25 AM

    I love your blog!! I'm trying to test some of your recipes but I cannot find any brands of soy creamers in my country. Is there a substitute for the soy creamer to make my ice cream creamy?

  16. Anon--

    You can use any non-dairy milk to replace the soy creamer. Coconut milk is really rich and creamy, and is generally loved by everyone!

  17. Looks great, thanks for sharing!
    Dropping in to say hi from Vegetarian Mamma
    :) Cindy

  18. Hey Anon,

    I think if you use non-dairy milk to replace the soy creamer, the taste will too way different. I would stick to the recipe

  19. Anonymous11:33 AM

    We used this recipe and won the annual Chemistry Ice-cream Freeze-off! Thank you - it was delicious :)

  20. I made three batches of this and served it with hot apple crisp for dinner tonight to my house. They loved it sooooooooo much that they spontaneously created a "Chef of the Week" award and gave it to me!

    I am the dessert chef for my house and will probably be taking advantage of many more of your recipes in the future!

    Thank you!

  21. This is so funny! I actually was thinking about making this ice cream! I heard about apple pie ice cream and I was thinking that apple crumble ice cream would be so much better!
    If you get a chance have a look at my new blog about homemade non dairy ice cream!