October 15th, 2009

apple crumb pie

apple crumb pie

ok fall, you win. it just dropped about 15 degrees here in dc, the leaves have changed color, and it’s dark by 6pm. even though i’m counting down the days until the fireflies return to our front porch, i’m excited about the prospect of months of warming comfort food. sweaters and soups and…PIES.

apple crumb pie

apple crumb pie

granny smiths are pretty much the reigning champ of baking apples. i usually go 100% granny smith in my recipes, but you can mix it up with whatever you can get at the market.

apple crumb pie

apple crumb pie

this is probably the best part of the whole pie process. you mix the apple slices with sugar and cinnamon in a big bowl. then, you sit around and eat a bunch of the slices and pretend like it never happened before arranging the rest in a pie crust. at the bottom of the bowl, the apple juice, along with the sugar and cinnamon, forms a delicious syrup. it’s really tempting to just drink this syrup, but if you’re feeling less gluttonous, you can just pour it over the apple slices.

apple crumb pie

apple crumb pie

ooooh, pretty.

apple crumb pie

the best part about this pie is not having to worry about a fickle top crust. the crumb topping is easy to make and crisps up perfectly. it’s like having an apple pie and an apple crisp at the same time.

apple crumb pie

it’s been fall for less than a month and i’ve already made this pie twice. and i see another one coming in the near future. you can whip one of these up in about an hour and have it ready for some vanilla ice cream. it’s a good thing.

apple crumb pie

apple crumb pie

6 cups apples (i like granny smith)
1 9″ frozen pastry shell (or make your own dough)
1/2 c sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon

crumb topping
1/3 c sugar
3/4 c flour
6 Tbsp butter, cut into chunks (chilled)

1. pare, core and slice the apples thinly. mix the 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 tsp cinnamon and mix with apple slices. arrange the slices in the pastry shell.

2. in a separate bowl, combine the 1/3 cup sugar and 3/4 cup flour. cut in the cold butter chunks until crumbly. you can do this with a few quick pulses in a food processor or just using your hands to combine. sprinkle the topping over the apples.

3. bake the pie on a baking sheet in a preheated 400F oven for 35-40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. remove and cool on a rack for about an hour before serving.

31 Comments for apple crumb pie - why not leave some love?

  1. Christen Radke says:

    You just made my all-time favorite dessert, and not that I have a good recipe, I have to make it and it will go perfectly for a dinner party I am having tomorrow. So thanks for the perfect recipe for the perfect dessert at the perfect time. 🙂

  2. Julia says:

    My daughter made an apple pie recently and she used , Braebrun, Gala,Cortland, Fuji and Granny Smith. It was really good. All the different flavors

  3. ABowlOfMush says:

    Really gorgeous pie! Looks lovely and warming, I would even eat this for breakfast!

  4. Mimi says:

    We’re having strangely hot weather today so I can only fantasize about your pie, but wowza, it sure looks delish!

  5. Helen says:

    Yum. Nothing says autumn like an apple pie or an apple crumble – this has the best of both worlds!

  6. Karin says:

    Looks great, thanks for sharing. I really like your blog.

  7. pierre says:

    Hi Pete
    This is Pierre from Paris france !
    Nice blog that you have !
    come and visit mine you are most welcome if you like french creative food !!
    see you then my last recipe is alos in english
    cheers Pierre

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  9. Niki says:

    I am so making this w/ some of the 25 lbs of apples I just picked from the orchard ! Yay!

  10. dawn says:

    thank you for not being stingy with the crumb

  11. Missy says:

    I’m going to make this right after we finish the peach cobbler. Honey is going to love it!

  12. Irene says:

    This looks freaking DELICIOUS! I like mixing Granny Smith with Golden Delicious. Love the crumble topping, oh mmmmmmm.

  13. Jojo says:

    PUT AWAY THE FREAKING CAMERA and stop including so many POINTLESS PICTURES with your recipes!

    We are not stupid.

    • Caitlin says:

      There always has to be one person that is just a miserable person and has to leave nasty comments to make themselves feel better….but anyways. I love the pictures, I think it helps gives you a better idea of the recipe. This looks so yummy, my grandma has been making apple pies for years, but I have to say this looks just as good as hers!

  14. Niki says:

    I like the pictures 🙂

  15. Megan says:

    I love any dessert with a crumb topping.
    Maybe I’ll try to make this in a spring-form pan since I’ve yet to get a tart pan. Looks SO good!

  16. Pam says:

    I have been making this SAME pie for every Thanksgiving for, well, Many years! I told my sister I wasn’t going to this year, however, she was not happy with me and after seeing it in full glory on your website I guess I’m making the dreaded run to the store for apples! I used to make my own crust, but just began getting lazy and using the pre-made. It is MUCH better if you make your own! Thanks again. I am recharged. Happy Holidays.

  17. Brooks says:

    Thanks for the great recipe Pete! I cant wait to make this oh so yummy looking pie. The pictures are a great help for us new bakers. Move over Martha!

  18. dekvip says:

    You just made my all-time favorite dessert, and not that I have a good recipe, I have to make it and it will go perfectly for a dinner party

  19. Article says:

    Wow !! thank you for not being stingy with the crumb pie

  20. Pinoy says:

    I fixed this dessert last night for my husband and I. It turned out really great. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  21. Ruby says:

    I guess I’m stupid, because I rely on every single picture you take to make sure my final creation looks exactly like yours! Keep up the great baking and the inspration you have provided to this amateur baker ; )

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  23. Bex says:

    Love the pictures. Love the pie.

  24. rob towles says:

    looks like grandma’s recipe. must try it. thanks.

  25. thomaz says:

    This looks really delicious. Can’t wait to serve this with vanilla ice cream : vigilon.

  26. Looks delicious, sounds delicious and tastes delicious! Tried recipe last night. 2 thumbs up. Thanks

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