Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble

Browned Butter, Caramel & Coconut Skillet Apple Crumble

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

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

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

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

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