Let me first say … the picture does not do justice to this recipe… Apple Crumb Pie is delicious and easy to make… but… do not talk on the phone while this is baking… my timer went off… and well… let’s just say my crust is usually lighter in color than it is on this one… I will replace the picture when I make another one…
Surprisingly though… everything tasted wonderful… my crumb topping had just the right amount of crunch to it…
Okay for the easy part…
The topping uses butter and a flour brown sugar mixture… you cut the butter into it… this is the best tip… trust me… use very cold butter… and cut the butter into separate tablespoons then into little cubes… 4 per tablespoon… put the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon into your food processor fitted with the blade and pulse 3 times to mix it… add your cold cubes of butter and pulse until crumbly… about 6 pulses… comes out perfect every time.
Use whatever apples you like best… Granny Smiths will be a bit tart… Golden Delicious are sweet.. and Empires (which are a cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh) and Cortlands are slightly tart. All are excellent apples for this recipe.
Use whatever pie crust you prefer, store bought or homemade.
This is an easy pie to put together and so delicious.. serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream… yummmmm!
Recipe: Apple Crumb Pie
All you need:
1- 9 inch pie shell
For the Apple Mixture:
3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
For the Topping:
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick (8tablespoons)cold butter
All you have to do:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix the apple mixture ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss to evenly coat the apples.
Lay the pie crust in a 9 inch pie plate and crimp the edge.
Pour the apple mixture into the shell.
To prepare the topping see Tips above if you want to make it in a food processor.
In a medium bowl mix the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. I use a wire whisk to mix it evenly.
Cut the butter in half then turn it and cut it in half again… then slice off tablespoons… you will have 4 small cubes per tablespoon.
Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender until crumbly.
Sprinkle the topping over the top of the apples.
Place on a foil lined baking sheet … then loosely cover with foil.
Bake for 20 minutes then remove the foil and bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
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