Apple Crumb Pie is a warm and delicious dessert! A buttery pie crust is filled full of juicy apples that have been tossed with sugars and spices. Topped with a cookie-like crumb, the pie is baked until golden brown and bubbly. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the best apple pie bite!
What Kind of Apples to Use
The first step to making an apple pie is choosing the right apples. The old faithful decision: Granny Smith!
Granny Smith apples are very tart and firm, which means they are perfect for baking! Their tartness helps the pie not be overly sweet, and their firmness holds up in the baking process without turning mushy. No one wants a mushy pie!
Give the apples a quick peel and slice into pieces – make your life A LOT easier and use one of these handy-dandy apple slicers! If not, slice them into 1/2 inch thick slices.
Apple Pie Filling
Once the apples have been peeled and sliced, it’s time to get to the good stuff: the filling! Tossing the apples together with sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon gives the pie the classic warm, sweet flavors. Apples and cinnamon were meant to go together just like peanut butter and jelly!
Tossing in a bit of flour may seem odd, but it helps the pie filling to stay nice and thick instead of runny.
After you taste a homemade apple pie filling (and see how easy it is to make), you won’t be able to go back to the canned stuff! The freshness, sweetness and warmth are hard to beat. Plus, the way it smells is just heavenly and homey!
Let’s Talk Pie Crust
Besides the apple pie filling, one of the most important pieces of a pie is the crust! I feel like pie crust is a very personal thing – everyone has their family version, way they grew up eating it or tricks of the trade to get that ultra flakey crust.
For ease and to keep things simple, a store-bought pie crust is used for this recipe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your favorite homemade crust instead! It all depends on how much time you want to put into the recipe and if you have a pie crust recipe that you just can’t live without. My Grandma holds the best pie crust recipe in our household, so hers is pretty hard to beat!
If you are looking for a homemade pie crust recipe, Serene from House of Yumm has one that is easy and delicious!
Lastly, before the pie goes into the oven, a crumb topping needs to be made! I love the way a crumb topping works: it’s hassle-free, doesn’t have to look perfect, adds texture and is buttery good!
For this crumb topping recipe, melted butter is combined with flour, sugar, baking soda and a bit of almond extract to kick up the flavor. If you aren’t a fan of almond extract, vanilla can be used instead. To me, the almond extract makes the crumb topping taste sugar-cookie-like and is downright delicious. The crumb topping paired with the apple pie filling is a match made in heaven.
Tips for Baking
- Place a baking sheet or a cookie sheet underneath the pie plate in case it bubbles over a bit. That way it’s easy clean up and doesn’t dirty your stove!
- Bake the pie in advance (even a day or two in advance) and re-heat a bit before serving to serve it warm. Not only does it free up your oven space or make the day-of less stressful not thinking about dessert, but it also gives the apple pie time to set. Which means that it won’t be runny and all the flavors will combine together.
- Let the pie rest before slicing into it. Slicing straight into a hot pie will still be delicious, but it will be very difficult to have conformed slices as the apple pie filling will run everywhere.
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