Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble

Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble

The light is gradually getting more and more grey here – especially today when it started TIPPING down with rain. It makes it actually more believable to me that it’s October – I’m used to the rain, I expect it. That and how the supermarkets are all lined with purple/black/green aisles because Halloween is coming! But, because I’m going away for two weeks I’m essentially missing it, so I pulled out the weird thin, curvy, serrated knife that I’ve only ever known for the purpose of carving pumpkins and made my jack-o-lantern for this year.

(Yeah I suck at cutting in straight lines, shhhhhhh. Shhhh.)

Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble

Yeah all those pinterest-y decorated pumpkins in slideshows called things like ’10 ways to decorate a pumpkin with no carving!’ are pretty cool. My issue is that I actually love carving pumpkins. I’d rather have the fun of carving it and end up with some crappy, weird-faced ‘monster’ pumpkin cos I get to pull out all the pumpkin innards with my bare hands (any one else find it enjoyable? I used to HATE that part but now I find it so satisfying) and have that pumpkin-y aroma drifting through the kitchen.

Much nicer than the aroma of gold spray paint, nail varnish or glue, right? 😉

Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble

I had more photos of this crumble in the ‘set’ but a) it was way darker than the counter-top and b) some photos ended up looking waaay too ‘country-life’ for me and I had to delete those files immediately.

Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble

(Heeeey random squash on the counter)

Apple crumble is my dad’s a.b.s.o.l.u.t.e. favourite dessert ever. He, however “hates” coconut. I say “hate” because he says he hates it and then eats it ALL THE TIME when it’s in desserts, so he’d probably eat this and really like it. I haven’t had the apple/coconut/caramel/cinnamon combo in a while, but last time I had it was in crepes and it was delicious. 10/10 would recommend.  Burying the caramelised apples in a layer of crunchy, oaty crumble just takes it over the top —> and bonus points! Warm it up on the stove, and serve with yogurt for breakfast with the biggest mug-full of tea you can get. Living right.

Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble


Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble

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For the filling:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar , (demerara) or brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large cooking apple or 2 small eating apples , , peeled, cored and quartered
  • 2 tbsp desiccated or shredded coconut

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup (30 g) flour
  • 1/3 cup (30 g) oats
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar , (demerara) or brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F (180 C)
  • In a small skillet melt the butter. Cook over a medium heat until it foams up and smells nutty. Pour 2 tbsp of the browned butter into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add the sugar, milk and salt to the skillet and stir in. Heat on medium until it starts to bubble, reduce to a low heat and leave to caramelise. Meanwhile cut the apple into slices, and the slices in half. Once the caramel has been cooking for about 3 minutes stir in the vanilla, then add the sliced apple and coconut. Leave to cook on a low heat whilst you make the topping.
  • Add the flour, sugar, oats and cinnamon to the browned butter in the bowl. Use your fingers to rub the butter into the dry ingredients. Scatter this mixture over the appley caramel mixture, remove from the heat and put straight into the oven for 15 minutes.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

42 thoughts on “Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble”

  1. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    This look delicious. I love how much light you get even in the darker months. I have a 10minute window of good lighting in my house

  2. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    I like how this is a good ratio of filling to crumble. You need LOTS of crumble! Also, I love the coconut 🙂

  3. I just made apple crumble this weekend! …mine had bourbon and coconut oil, and it was dang good. As it turns out, I love coconut and apple together. Seems like you already knew it’s a genius combination, as this looks wonderful. Also, your jack-o-lantern is friggin adorable!

  4. Delicious. I tried apple slices dipped in coconut butter once and it was a weirdly fantastic combo, so I bet they would be amazing together in a crumble.

  5. Lord. You said “get the biggest mug-ful of tea you can get,” which my brain read as “get the biggest mug you can get and stuff it with apple crumble for breakfast.” Soooo…I’m pretty you have like, an entire line of typo there, because my brain is never wrong about this stuff. This and the Wanna Marry Me cookies I just made today and need to post. Brekkie tomorrow–it’s a date. Thankyooou.

  6. Apple crumble is one of my family’s favorite desserts that I make, especially for this season! I can only imagine the deliciousness with browned butter and coconut. Yum and yum!

  7. Every single word in the title of this post makes me want to eat this right now! I love your skillet btw, I need to get one of those soon! My family all say they don’t like coconut but always manage to eat coconut cookies etc without too much trouble so I think they are just all lying to me!

  8. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Brown butter and caramel! Oh good god. I would eat that entire skillet by myself! My dad hates coconut too. He said he ate too much when he was in the army and stationed in Hawaii, rough life. I love how the coconut is just in the background and the buttery-caramely-apples steal the show. Oh! And I love the feeling of pumpkin guts!!! Makes me feel like a little kid again.

  9. Your pictures are so beautiful and this crumble looks so good. I don’t think I could resist eating it all right away!

  10. I didn’t think it was possible for apple crumble to get any better but I think you’ve managed it here!

  11. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    I love things that are baked in skillets. However, then I am tempted to eat the entire “serving.” This crumble looks magnificent!

  12. Love love love the flavor combination of this crumble! And I am such a huge fan of making skillet baked goods since it means less dishes later.

  13. sweetpea darlingheart

    Wow, looks delicious as always! I do love your little toes in the first pic too, pretty in pink! I bet this baby made the house smell mighty good, I’m going to save this recipe for next Winter xx

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  17. I cannot even begin to say how excited I am to try this recipe!

    Thank you for another excellent recipe which sits on just the naughty side of healthy! This is definitely going to be my Guy Fawkes night dessert!

    Elisa x

  18. This was absolutely delicious although I somehow I totally converted the cups wrong. Sucks to not live in a cup-country. It was totally amazing anywaysss.

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  20. Gaby @ NutellaIsMaFella

    This looks so delicious , the combinations absoloutely perfect, cannot WAIT to make this!

  21. maria at inredningsvis

    MMMM it looks SO DELISH:) I like your blog and Im now following.

    Check out my blog….Swedish decor and yummy recipies:)

    Have a wonderful week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis – The Swedish home decor blog

  22. Looks delicious! How many does this recipe serve? Would you recommend doubling or tripling the recipe to serve 8-10?

  23. Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    This looks really good, you seem to really do well with these skillet desserts, I need a skillet!

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