Crumbles and crisps are essentially the same type of old fashioned dessert – lightly sweetened fruit topped with crumbly shortbread pastry. Crisps are often called crumbles in the UK.
With the bitter cold, this crumble is is more indulgent, featuring the love affair between apples and cheddar cheese. The practice of combining cheese, fruit, and nuts dates back to ancient times, often served at the end of a meal because they were thought to aid in digestion. From the earliest days through the Renaissance, partaking of these foods was generally considered a privileged of the wealthy. This practice was continued by wealthy dinners composed of many courses up until the 19th century.