Crumb Topped Apple Pie


Pie #3

Who's sick of pie yet?! Anyone? I am. And I still have one more pie to go.

I must push ahead in my pie posts, because I do have good recipes.

I'm a little distracted as I try to write this post; my one year old nephew is over here today. He's a constant ball of energy and is relentless about running through the house, screaming at the top of his lungs.

He keeps running over to my CD player and turning it on, twisting all the knobs and pushing buttons. My guitar sits close by my computer, and he'll run up to it and bang his hangs across the strings. This makes me shudder because it's not a cheap guitar. Who knows? Maybe he has a future in guitar or music. Maybe he'll become the next John Mayer.

I gave him a goatee so he'll look more like a rocker.

Hopefully his mom and dad will nurture his budding musical career.

Anyway, he's a cutie, but he sure is a handful, so I think I'll keep this short.

Now I think I prefer crumb-topped apple pie over regular double-crusted apple pie. The crumb topping on this was perfect; crunchy, buttery, perfectly sweet. I love using oats in a crumb topping.



I experimented with the apple filling, and precooked the apples before adding them to the pie. I'm convinced now that that's the way to bake a stellar pie. I've said this before, but I can never get my apples tender enough when I'm baking a pie. When you precook your apples, you insure that they'll be tender and cook evenly. I know it's a little extra step, but it's worth it.

For this pie, I used a combination of Granny Smith and Fuji apples, recommended to me by my readers, and I was pretty pleased.
All I needed was a slice of cheddar cheese to place on top. Nah, just kidding. I never put cheese on my apple pie. I know a few of you that do. You weirdos.


Crumb Topped Apple Pie

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 lbs. Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
2 lbs. Fuji apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice + 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust

3/4 cup quick oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add Granny Smith apples and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in Fuji apples and cook for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and cool for 10 minutes.

Stir brown sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and allspice into apples, until well combined; pour into pie crust.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together oats, flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt, until well combined. Knead butter into mixture, using fingertips, until combined and clumpy. Place mixture evenly over the top of apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake pie at 375 degrees F, for 1 hour, or until golden brown.

Makes 8 servings


34 comments:

  1. Hmmmm, nope. Not sick of pie yet. I love me some pie. You can send me this one, if you don't want it. It looks wicked good.

    I do however hope your little nephew there doesn't become the next John Mayer. One is more than enough, thank you. Why not encourage him to be a new Brian Setzer? The one we have is starting to get a bit old. ;)

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  2. Emmm...yum! You probably know by now that I love to bake but sometimes I am lazy. The only shortcut I like to take with the apples to cut them thinnly so that they do cook all the way through. I love the crumb topped idea. Looks amazing as always!

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  3. So are you an Auntie or an Aunt? I'm digging the crumb topping on this pie. Thanks for pushing through these posts.

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  4. this looks so delicious !! I prefer the crumb topping too to the closed pie . I think its a good idea to pre cook the apples too. Nice recipe and photo is great. cute little nephew :)

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  5. Oooh. Looks scrumptious. I could never be sick of pie--love it!

    So, on a totally unrelated note...I was watching FN the other day, and in a promo for The Ultimate Recipe Showdown, I could have sworn I saw you! And then, I moseyed on over the the FN website and saw your profile. Congratulations! So THAT's why you went to NYC! Can't wait to see the episode!!

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  6. Beautiful pie! Crumb toppings are really good.

    I've never had a problem with the cookage of apples in pies, but I've always thought the process of pre-cooking the apples to be interesting. I did it once for turnovers and it came out great, so I should do it with an actual pie once. I'm guessing it keeps a gap from occurring?

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  7. Something that Im sure Emiline, never, never I would tired of apple Pie, I love it!! always and this look so yummy.
    I love the little is sooooo cute!!!xxGloria

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  8. I'm definitely a fan of the crumb topping on an apple pie. Actually, any pie!!

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  9. I not tired of your pie posts ! Apple Crumb pie is my all time favorite pie, I love crumb topping, on everything!!

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  10. Your nephew is adorable! I bet he'd look younger if he shaved that goatee.

    I'm definitely bookmarking this one. I've been on the search for good apple pie, but I trust your recipes! :)

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  11. The crumb topping is perfect. Your nephew is too cute :)!

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  12. I could NEVER be sick of pie - especially YOUR tantalizing pies, Em!!

    Great nephew!!

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  13. Another beautiful pie -- you do pie so well. Your nephew is just the cutest thing. He will think you are famous the first time he sees the Wizard of Oz and hears 'Auntie Em' Auntie Em!

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  14. Okay, NOW you're talking! I LOVE apple pie and REALLY love apple pie with crumble topping!!!!! Yummy!

    Cindy

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  15. Who can be sick of pie? The crumb topping is a wonderful texture. Your nephew is a cutie pie Em!

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  16. Pack up your unwanted, orphaned pies and send them to me...I will luv them, cherish them - eat them!

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  17. In England, we make a similar dish but without the pie crust. It's called apple crumble, and served with lashings of custard sauce it's one of my favorite desserts.

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  18. no cheddar?! are you crazy! it looks good! i'm glad you liked the fuji/granny smith combo, it's one of my favorites :)

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  19. Pie's great.
    I have two nephews of my own, now 6 and 4, know exactly what you mean. Goatee/ Not a bad idea!!

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  20. That young-un is gorgeous!

    I don't think precooking your apples is what makes the difference. I think it's your fabulous combination of spices and enough sugar to make it really good. That fabulous crumb topping doesn't hurt either.

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  21. Bob, I like John Mayer.

    Val, that's a good idea.

    Aimee, I'm Auntie Em.

    Thank you, Snooky Doodle.

    Hi Happy Tummy. I can't believe you were able to identify me in that commercial. I'm only on there for a second.
    I will blog about the experience in the future. I have to get permission first.

    Christina, yes. It does prevent that awful gap.

    Thanks, Gloria.

    Thanks, Doggybloggy.

    Me too, Deborah.

    Bunny, ditto.

    Sharon, I don't want him to shave the goatee; I think it suits him.

    Liz, he is pretty great.

    Anj, that's funny!

    Cindy, thank you!

    Peter G, he is a cutie pie.

    Peter M, I'm shipping yer pie right now.

    J Danger, it is.

    Jan, that sounds delicious.

    Heather, I like apples in savory food. Like a sandwich with cheese.

    Lori, they sound like a handful!

    Thanks, Sue. Also, I fixed the mistake. :)

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  22. What a beautiful pie! Apple pie is something we never tire of.

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  23. oh gosh. you crack me up.

    favorite line:
    All I needed was a slice of cheddar cheese to place on top. Nah, just kidding. I never put cheese on my apple pie. I know a few of you that do. You weirdos.

    you just totally made my sunday.
    merry early christmas!

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  24. Gorgeous pie!!! And I couldn't agree more about crumb top -- soooo yummy, especially with vanilla ice cream melting into it. YUM!!!

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  25. Dutch apple pie is my favorite way of an apple pie. I like a slice of extra sharp cheddar on top.

    What is it with toddlers? They're like squishy little destructo-bots.

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  26. Nope, not tired of pie. At least not tired of your pies...they always make me drool. And then I have to clean up my keyboard using q-tips, which sucks... ;)

    Love the goatee on the nephew!!

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  27. Yeah - what's up with cheddar cheese?

    I agree - crumble tops are the way to go. Precooking the apples is an interesting tip. I'll have to star this recipe and give it a try.

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  28. I love mixing pie and crumble - it's like 2 desserts for the price of 1

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  29. Yum, this sounds so wonderful. I'll have to try it when I get my new pans. Thanks for sharing this.

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  30. love the goatee--it's makes him look like much more of a man than john mayer...
    love the pie even more. if anything could ever top a double-crusted apple pie, it's a crumb-topped apple pie.

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  31. I love anything with apples, so this will have to be added to my to-do list. The golden topping looks delicious :)

    Checked out your list of favourites - it's so much fun seeing what other people are loving! Can you believe I still haven't seen Garden State? But I love Eternal Sunshine... and The Science of Sleep. :D Write more of your favourite things soon, okay?

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  32. Happy New Year! I love apple pie and I am always looking for a better recipe. I notice that you use Granny Smiths and Fuji apples. These are hard, crisp apples and do not cook down very well. I use the golden delicious or being from Michigan a Macintosh apple. These apples cook down well and tender. Plus with the golden delicious you don't have to use a lot of sugar, because they are a sweet apple. Try one or both of these apples, I think you will like the taste and results.

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