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Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

Um…drool?! Like seriously, I don’t know if I should say anything about this perfect apple pie with crumb topping. This is an easy recipe when you are craving apple pie, which is usually almost every other day for me. I usually like a lattice top to get that double crust (I love pie crust) but every now and then I need a good crumb topping. It adds extra sweet and crunch and yumminess that I sometimes just eat all by itself…before it is even baked!

Okay, enough about my horrible greediness for sweets.

Delicious Rating: Bake this tonight, you won’t regret it! I put the crumble on the pie when it first goes in the oven not halfway through. It gets a nice crispy crumble that I love. Also, be sure not to go over with the butter. I find that is the mistake with crumbles that are too soft or break up easily and get lost int the pie. You can use this topping for an apple crisp for greatness as well. Let me know in the comments if you prefer an extra top pie crust or a crumb topping!


4.0 from 3 reviews

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Yields: 8 Slices
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • Crust: 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, cold and cut into little cubes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp ice water
  • Filling: 6 green medium apples, peeled and thinly slice
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Crumb Topping: 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  • ½ cup Butter, softened
  1. Make crust: Add 1 cup flour, butter, salt, and sugar in a food processor and pulse until it looks like a crumbly mixture.
  2. Add in 1 tbsp of ice water, pulsing after each addition, until mixture can be pinched and held together.
  3. Place dough on a clean surface and gently work into a round disk, don’t over knead.
  4. Wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Filling: Cut up apples and place in a bowl along with the sugar, 2 tbsp flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and lemon juice.
  6. Mix well to coat the apples and let sit.
  7. Crumb Topping: Combine all 6 ingredients until nicely crumbly.
  8. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  9. Take out pie crust and allow to come to room temperature in 5 minutes or so.
  10. Roll out into a 12 inch circle on a floured surface, adding flour as necessary to avoid sticking.
  11. Place in a 9 inch pie pan and gently press evenly on the sides
  12. Add apples and ½ to ¾ cups of excess juice to pie pan.
  13. Cover with crumb topping.
  14. Use a pie crust ring or foil to cover the crust for the first 40 minutes of baking.
  15. Bake for 55 minutes and allow to cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into and serving.

Make the crust yourself in a food processor, with a pastry blender, or a fork. If you aren’t liking those options, yes, you can buy a ready made pie crust from the store.


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4 Responses to Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

  • phyllis says:

    Forgive my ignorance but in apple pie crust recipe it says 1 stick of butter what is 1 stick butter in weight?

  • Sad on thanksgiving says:

    I choose this recipe for thanksgiving, and sad to say the crumb top burned about 30min. I had the foil covering on the regular crust which was baking nicely. I tried to save what little was not burned of the crumb topping by covering the whole top of the pie. I have gone over the recipe over and over and I there doesn’t seem to be anything that I missed or skipped. I will try to report back on taste, but as far as the baking goes I’m gonna have to vote this as a bust…. :(

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