Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Romany Gypsy-Inspired Spiced Apple Crumble: A Delicious Fall Recipe by Josie Riviera

For me, Fall equals comfort, and this season offers the perfect opportunity to embrace cozy traditions. I love curling up with a good book by the fireplace or taking leisurely walks through rustling leaves. I also love the simple pleasures of pumpkin carving, apple picking, and sipping spiced cider or pumpkin lattes. 

Writing stories about the Romany Gypsies in Regency England is a fascinating topic that takes hours of research.

Here's a delightful recipe inspired by the Romany Gypsies:


Romany Gypsy Spiced Apple Crumble Recipe:


  • 4 medium-sized apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the crumble topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a baking dish or individual ramekins with butter or cooking spray.

  2. In a mixing bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well coated. Spread the apple mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish or ramekins.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, rolled oats, and brown sugar for the crumble topping. Mix well to combine.

  4. Add the cold cubed butter to the flour mixture. Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, gently rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  5. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the apples, covering them completely.

  6. Place the baking dish or ramekins on a baking sheet to catch any potential drips. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown.

  7. Remove from the oven and allow the apple crumble to cool slightly. Serve warm, optionally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

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Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and inspirational romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully support husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovation.

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  1. Your recipe sounds AMAZING! I'mn going to try it this weekend! And I just went to Amazon to buy your book. It sounds wonderful, too!