Apple Crumb Pie is the perfect combination of apple pie and apple crisp in one holiday dessert your whole family will LOVE with a buttery crisp crumble topping and cinnamon apple slices.
Apple crumb pie is not only yummy, it has the easiest pie crust you’ll ever make. The filling is rich and thick, and making a crumble pie crust easily infuses the dessert with texture and taste. This is a great dessert to follow up a holiday dinner or to make whenever you get a craving for something sweet.
This is the close relative to one of the most popular holiday desserts on my site, Apple Crisp Pie. The main difference here is the topping. In that recipe I use a classic crisp topping that has oats in it. In this one it is all buttery brown sugar goodness.
If you’re making this for the holidays serve it up with some Apple Cider and the house will smell AMAZING.
HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRUMB PIE
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and slice up the apples.
- Put the apple slices in a large bowl and sprinkle them with lemon juice to keep them from oxidizing and turning brown.
- In a medium bowl, stir the white sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Once it’s well mixed, pour the dry ingredients over the apples and toss everything together until the slices are completely and evenly coated.
- If you want to go the walnut and raisin route, stir them in now.
- Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust.
- Mix 1 cup flour and 1 cup brown sugar together in a separate small bowl. Cut in unsalted butter until the mixture is crumbly. This is your crumb topping. Sprinkle it over the apple filling and cover the top of the pie loosely with aluminum foil.
- Put the pie in the oven and bake it for 25 minutes.
- Remove the foil and put the pie back in until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
- Take the pie out of the oven and let it sit on a wire rack or baking sheet until it is just over room temperature.
- Serve it up and watch people fight over the last slice.
- Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream: serve up apple crumb pie with a side of homemade ice cream and your guests may end up licking their plates clean.
- Easy Whipped Cream: whipped cream is much easier to make than you may think and adding a spoonful to the top of your pie is a great way to dress it up.
While things may be as American as apple pie, apple crumb pie is definitely English. It was invented during WWII, when rationing forced people to alter recipes in order to make do with what they had. Some of the recipe alterations caught on, like apple crumb pie, while others (squirrel tail soup, crow pie and carrot fudge, for example) did not for obvious reasons.
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- Apple pie: you may notice that there’s a few key differences between apple crumb pie and a traditional apple pie recipe, but the most obvious difference is the crust. Apple pie has a crust that fully covers it, or is in a lattice shape where a crumble pie is more mixed into the filling and is more crumb-like, hence the name. (Who knew?)
- Apple Brown Betty: this apple crumb pie variant has an awesome name and is more like an apple pudding. The key difference between an Apple Brown Betty and an apple crumb pie is that an Apple Brown Betty is layered like lasagna, with apple slices and pie crust set on top of each other over and over to give it it’s unusual texture.
- Apple cobbler: this dessert goes by a lot of different names, like apple slump, apple grunt and, the best one, apple pandowdy. Apple cobbler is more free-form than a traditional pie, and the toppings are mixed together with the filling for a “cobbled” look, hence the name.
- Eve’s pudding: another dessert with an awesome name. Eve’s pudding takes traditional apple pie filling and tops it with sponge cake. The name is probably a tongue-in-cheek play on the Adam and Eve story.
- Apple crisp: this dessert is very similar to apple crumb pie. It’s made up of chopped apple covered with streusel crust that is made crisp with brown sugar.
In the United States, parts of New England and the Midwest enjoy eating their apple pie and apple pie-like desserts with cheese. The cheese is either served on top or melted inside the filling. The most commonly used cheese is cheddar, but there’s a ton of different varieties that are mixed in with the pie filling.
HOW LONG IS IT GOOD?
- Serve: apple crumb pie is okay to leave at room temperature for up to 2 days. If it’s sliced, cover it with plastic wrap to keep it from going stale.
- Store: pie is good in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Freeze: if you let the pie cool completely and store it in an airtight container, it can last up to 4 months in the fridge. After that point, it won’t thaw out very well and you’d do better to just make another one.
- 1 (9 inch premade pie shell)
- 6 cups thinly sliced apples
- 1 lemon juiced
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and press pie crust into pie plate.
- In a large bowl mix the apples, lemon juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add the apples to the pie crust.
- In a medium bowl add the 1 cup flour and 1 cup brown sugar together and stir.
- Using a fork or a pastry cutter, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly then pour it over the apples.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes covered very loosely with foil.
- Remove foil and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is crisp and golgen brown.