It’s time for another one from the archives, this time from a recipe book that accompanied the Tower Pressure Cooker sold throughout the early to mid-90s. This week’s Retro-Recipe Revival see us take on a classic dessert after all the savoury goodness we’ve brought your way over the past few weeks. Yes, it’s Apple Crumble! How’d you like them apples (quite a lot, hopefully).

Recommended appliance

Tower 4 Litre Aluminium Pressure Cooker

Total time to table: 35 minutes

Total Cost Per Serving: £1.89

Contains Nuts? No

Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes

Serves: 4


To make the crumble:

  • 85g unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
  • 175g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • x 1 tbspn cold water

To make the apple filling:

  • x 3 large cooking apples or x 5 tart eating apples
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 115g mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins)
  • 150ml dry cider
  • Vanilla ice cream (to serve)



  • Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5.
  • To make the filling, peel and core the apples and cut them into 2.5cm chunks. Heat your pressure cooker gently and melt the butter, then add all the filling ingredients and cook at high pressure for around 4 minutes.
  • To make the crumble, place the butter, flour, and sugar in a bowl and work between your fingers until the mixture resembles soft breadcrumbs. Alternatively, you can use a food processor to do this, pulsing briefly until the same effect is achieved.
  • Next, add the tablespoon of water and stir the mixture well until combined.
  • Fill a 1 litre oven-proof dish with the apple filling and scatter the crumble mixture over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes until the crumble is crisp and lightly browned.


Serve at once, using a heat-proof utensil to quarter the crumble and place on a plate. Serve with rich dairy vanilla ice cream or homemade custard.

If you’d like to try this recipe or others from the Retro Recipe Revival series, head over to our Pressure Cookers and Food Preparation pages before you don your apron. There you’ll find all sorts of useful appliances (in addition to those mentioned here) that can help you rustle up these fantastic meals in minutes!