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Apple Crumb Pie has lovely spiced apples with a buttery, crunchy crumb topping. This Apple Pie is much easier than a traditional double-crust pie. The perfect dessert for Fall and the Holidays. It is also known as Apple Crumble Pie and Dutch Apple Pie.

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The best part of fall has to be all of the fall produce. And, of course, all of the tasty delights you can make with them!

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Why make it?

Once again, after almost a year, pumpkins, apples, and fall squash are everywhere to be seen. The perfect excuse to crank up that oven to warm the house and get baking some delectable treats like this Apple Crumble Pie.

  1. Delicious flavor: The combination of sweet and tart apples, warm spices, and buttery crumb topping make for a delightful and satisfying dessert.
  2. Easy to make: While making a pie from scratch can seem intimidating, apple crumb pie is relatively easy, especially if you use store-bought pie crust.
  3. Perfect for any occasion: Apple crumb pie is a classic dessert, whether for a holiday dinner, a potluck, or a casual family gathering.
  4. Crowd-pleaser: Apple crumb pie is a dessert everyone loves, so you can be sure your friends and family will enjoy it.
  5. Seasonal: Apples are in season in the fall, so making an apple crumb pie is a great way to celebrate the season’s flavors.

Making an apple crumb pie is a great way to use up fall apples and satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s an easy and delicious dessert that is perfect for any occasion.

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Apple Crumb Pie

The best apples to use

Using the best quality ingredients for your apple pie will ensure you produce a slightly tart, slightly sweet flavored dessert for your family and friends. Here is a chart of apples grown in NY, with suggested uses from the apple growers association. Some of my favorite apples to use for apple pie are;

  • Granny Smith– a vintage variety that is quite tart and holds up well to baking. It never gets mushy. Best paired with a sweeter apple or added extra sugar.
  • Honeycrisp– a relative newcomer to the apple world, this apple was not patented until the 80s. It is both tart and sweet. Perfect for baking since it holds its shape. Great for eating.
  • McIntosh– another vintage variety that is firm and holds up to baking. It is both tart and sweet.
  • Cortland– is sweet, with just a hint of tartness.
  • Northern Spy– is an old, tart variety that can be paired with a sweeter apple, such as Golden Delicious.
  • Golden Delicious– is a sweet vintage variety best paired with a tart apple, like Granny Smith.
  • Braeburn– It is an older variety that has been cultivated since the 1960s. This firm, slightly tart apple works well in pies.
  • Jonagold– This is truly a vintage apple dating back to at least the 1860s. When baked, this sweet and tangy apple has a nice crunch and flavor.

It’s best to choose firm and not too ripe apples, as they will hold their shape better when baked. Combining different apple types can also add flavor depth to your pie.

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Pro tips for making the best apple crumb pie

  • Choose the perfect apples. See the suggested varieties above.
  • Mix apples with lemon juice as you cut them up to reduce browning.
  • Once apples are mixed with spices, allow them to rest for at least 10 minutes so that they start to release juices. This will help with thickening.
  • Mix the crumb topping thoroughly so there are no dry spots.
  • Break the crumb up with your fingers while applying it to the top of the pie.
  • Use a store-bought crust to make this even easier.
  • Pre-cook the crust: Although not strictly necessary, you can prevent a soggy bottom crust by pre-cooking it. 
  • Use a deep-dish pie plate: The filling for an apple crumb pie is usually quite tall, so make sure to use a deep-dish pie plate to prevent overflow.
  • Cover the edges: To prevent the crust from over-browning, cover the edges with foil or a pie shield for the first 20-30 minutes of baking.
  • Let the pie thoroughly cool before cutting so that it doesn’t fall apart.
  • Cut the crumb topping carefully; it tends to crumble.
  • Store leftover pie, covered with foil, on the counter.

What you need

For crumb layer

  • melted butter
  • flour
  • oats
  • nuts
  • brown sugar
  • salt
Ingredients for crumb layer- salt, brown sugar, nuts, oats, flour and melted butter.Pin

For Dutch apple pie

  • apples
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • lemon juice
  • apple pie spices
Ingredients for filling- apples, cornstarch, sugar, lemon juice and spices.Pin

The best part of Dutch Apple Pie has to be the buttery, crunchy crumb layer. This version incorporates flour, oats, and nuts for extra flavor and crunch. We find the fastest way to make the topping is to melt the butter. Then add it to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Keep working it until there is no dry flour or oats at all.

How to make it

Step One

Add all ingredients for the crumb layer to a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.

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Mix together ingredients for the topping.

Step Two

Peel apples and cut them into pieces. I like fairly large pieces. Drizzle with lemon juice as you are cutting them up to deter browning. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and incorporate thoroughly. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes to allow juices to form.

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Add apples to a large bowl. Treat with ascorbic acid or lemon juice.

Step Three

Add spices to the apples in the bowl. Mix well.

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Mix the sugar and spices well with the fruit.

Step Four

Next, roll out the pie crust and place it in a pie plate.

Although it is not necessary, we like to blind-bake the crust. See the section below for instructions.

Fill the crust with apples, heaping them up. When they cook, they will shrink down, so you want it very mounded.

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Lay the crust in the pie plate. Crimp edges.

Step Five

Mound up the apples in the crust.

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Place apples in the crust. Mound them up.

Step Six

Break up the crumb topping with your hands and sprinkle it all over the apples. Be sure to cook on a parchment-lined baking sheet bigger than the pie plate to avoid drips. Apple pies always drip!

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Add the crumb topping.

How to serve it

Apple crumb pie can be served warm or at room temperature. Here are some ways to enjoy it:

  1. Plain: The pie is delicious and can be served alone or with an added scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
  2. Ice cream: Vanilla ice cream is the classic pairing for apple crumb pie, as the creamy texture complements the warm and sweet pie.
  3. Caramel sauce: Drizzling caramel sauce over the pie adds a sweet and rich flavor that complements the apples and crumb topping.
  4. Cheddar cheese: Some people enjoy serving apple pie with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, as the tangy and salty cheese contrasts with the sweet, buttery pie.

When serving apple crumb pie, it’s essential to let it cool completely before slicing it, as this will give the filling time to harden and prevent it from spilling out. Also, carefully cut the pie, as the crumb topping can be crunchy and may crack. Enjoy!

Can this pie be made gluten-free?

Absolutely! Just buy, or make a gluten-free pie crust (King Arthur Flour and Bob’s Red Mill, both, have gluten-free pie crust mixes for sale, links below). And substitute gluten-free flour for the crumb topping. Make sure that the oats that you have are certified gluten-free, as well.

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Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie has lovely spiced apples with a buttery, crunchy crumb topping. This Dutch Apple Pie is much easier than a traditional double crust pie!
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5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5

Ingredients

For Crumb Layer

For Filling

  • 8 cups apples peeled and sliced (about 2.5 lbs.)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh or bottled
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 pie crust single, use gluten free pie crust for gluten free

Instructions

For Crumb Layer

  • Melt butter.
  • Place all ingredients in medium bowl. Mix thoroughly, so there are no dry spots. Set aside.

For filling

  • Measure dry ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Peel and slice apples into bite sized pieces. Place in large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice and mix to reduce browning.
  • Add dry ingredients to apples and mix well, so no dry spots. Allow to sit on counter for at least 10 minutes to allow juices to form.
  • Meanwhile, roll out pie crust, or use premade crust. Place in 10" Pie plate and crimp edges.
  • Pour apples into prepared crust, mounding high. Apples will reduce as they cook.
  • Break up crumb topping with hands if needed. Distribute on the top of the apples evenly.
  • Bake for 1- 1.5 hours, until crust is golden brown and apples are soft when poked with fork.
  • Place pie on parchment lined baking sheet that is larger than pie tin to catch drips. Pie will spill over as it bakes.
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Notes

*Notes*
Suggestions on apple varieties 
  • Granny Smith– a vintage variety that is quite tart and holds up well to baking. It never gets mushy. Best paired with a sweeter apple, or add extra sugar.
  • Honeycrisp– a relative new comer to the apple world, this apple was not patented until the 80’s. It is both tart and sweet. Perfect for baking, since it holds it’s shape. Great for eating.
  • McIntosh– another vintage variety that is firm and holds up to baking. It is both tart and sweet.
  • Cortland– is sweet, with just a hint of tartness.
  • Northern Spy– is an old, tart variety that can be paired with a sweeter apple, such as Golden Delicious.
  • Golden Delicious – a sweet vintage variety that is best paired with a tart apple, like Granny Smith.
Some apple varieties will require more lemon juice or less sugar, so notes in the “The Best Apples to Use for Apple Crumb Pie” section of post above.
Sprinkle lemon juice as you are cutting the apples up to reduce browning. 
Let apples sit for a minimum of 10 minutes before adding them to pie crust. This will help later to thicken the filling. 
This recipe is easily made gluten free by substituting the flour for gf flour and getting a gluten free pie crust. 
Gluten free Pie Crust Mix

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this pie over the weekend and it was incredible! I will definitely be making it again for the holidays!

  2. 5 stars
    I love apple pie in all it’s forms and this has got to be a favourite. I can never resist the crunch of crumble!

  3. 5 stars
    This pie is so homey. No better comfort food than this recipe. I loved all your tips and guidance about what apples to use, thank you!

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