Friday, September 21, 2012

Crumb Topped Apple Pie


Now that it is most definitely, most officially Fall, I can't help but want apple treats all the time. Cinnamon, spices, warm, saucy apples--I just can't get enough! And while I like pie pretty much all year long, I do think it especially appropriate now that there is a nip in the air. So what better treat for a cool Autumn day than warm apple pie! This one is particularly, exceptionally amazing because it has the usual buttery crust and delicious, spicy apple filling, but on top of all that it has a sweet, crunchy crumb topping full of brown sugar and cinnamon. It is quite spectacular!

Crumb Topped Apple Pie
adapted from Williams-Sonoma's Pie & Tart

for the topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into chunks

for the crust:
1 1/3 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into chunks
4-5 Tablespoons ice water

for the filling:
7 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

To make the topping, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is crumbly. Cover and refrigerate.

To make the crust, pulse flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor until combined. Add butter chunks and pulse just until butter is in pea-sized clumps. Slowly add cold water and run food processor just until dough comes together in one mass. Place dough on a well-floured surface and roll into a large  circle. Gently lift dough and place in a 9-inch pie plate, carefully pressing dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Fold any dough the hangs over the edge under itself and crimp it decoratively or press it with a fork.

To make the filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat. Spoon filling into prepared crust, top with crumb topping, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the whole pie is golden. Remove pie from oven and allow to cool 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

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  1. Now this looks delicious. There are so many incredible looking recipes floating around online right now I want to try all of them. Great photo. I can't wait to put my fork into this.

    1. Hi Vicki. That's the only down-side of recipes on the internet: there are more delicious-looking recipes than anybody could possibly find time to make!

  2. OMG I NEED a piece of this pie! Looks amazing!
    New follower here from Pinterest! Thank you, Pinterest!!!

  3. I like how you show an empty plate at the end. This recipe looks so delicious, I would definitely lick the plate clean!

    1. Hi Sara. I was sad when it was all gone--definitely a lick-the-plate-clean recipe!


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