Best Apple Crumble Pie Recipe
Meet your new favorite Apple Crumble Pie recipe! This Dutch apple pie has a juicy apple filling and buttery crumb topping that pair perfectly, and it’s so easy to make with about 10 minutes of prep time.
I readily admit that I’m a huge sucker for anything with crumb topping. I love sneaking over to the pie pan throughout the day to pick big, fat crumbs off of this dessert. (Does anyone else do this?)
You’ll need a few key ingredients to make this recipe:
- Tender, flaky pie crust – Pie crust is essentially a mixture of all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, salt, and water. Some cooks insist on adding a splash of white or apple cider vinegar as well. My favorite pie crust recipe is from Stella Parks (BraveTart) with the addition of lemon zest.
- Tart apple slices – Tart apples are always better for baking. I make apple pie filling with fresh apples to produce a flavor that canned pie filling cannot compete against. I like to use a mix of red Gala and green Granny Smith apples.
- Sugar and brown sugar – Using both sugar and brown sugar gives the filling a more robust flavor than white sugar alone.
- Spices – I like to use cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. As a shortcut, you could also purchase a pre-made apple pie spice blend.
- Oats (for texture in the topping) – I’ve used both old fashioned rolled oats and quick-cook rolled oats. They both work equally well.
How It’s Made
This pie comes together SO easily.
- Slice the apples into 8-10 slices per apple. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to peel the apples first. It doesn’t hurt to peel them, but it isn’t necessary.
- Mix with the other pie filling ingredients (sugar and spices) and add to the pie crust.
- You want the apples to get nice and soft before adding the topping. Place in a 400 F oven for about 40 minutes.
- While it’s baking, I prepare the topping by hand by mixing together the melted butter, sugar, oats, and flour until I have big, fat crumbs.
- Sprinkle the topping over the partially baked pie, being sure to cover it completely.
- At this point, the crust may have already begun to brown. So, before putting the pie back in the oven, cover the crust with foil or a pie guard [paid link] to keep it from burning.
- Bake for another 20 minutes. The crumbs should be dark brown but not burnt.
- Wait at least three hours for the pie to set completely before cutting and serving.
Expert Tips and FAQs
Look for tart apples that have a firm flesh. These will hold their shape and won’t break down as much during the baking process.
I like to use a metal pie pan. If your pan is a deep dish pan, the recipe will still work but you will need to add more apples to fill the space.
Sure! I love throwing in a touch of cardamom for a twist. Fresh lemon zest also works really well.
To kick up the spice in the pie, you can add spices to the crumb topping as well. I also like giving the topping a little crunch by adding chopped nuts or even granola.
It smells so good and I know you want to eat it right away. You can, but it will be more liquidy and won’t hold its shape. Let it cool and set up properly; good things come to those who wait!
Apple pie is topped with another layer of pie crust, while an apple crumble is topped with a delicious mixture of butter, sugar, oats, flour, and sometimes nuts. This is also sometimes called Dutch apple pie.
- Crumb cookies (These are cookies made entirely of crumbs!)
- Classic crumb cake and apple crumb cake
- Apple cupcakes
- Apple chips
- Apple pandowdy
Apple Crumble Pie
- 2 pounds tart apples a mix of red and green, sliced into 8-10 slices per apple (no need to peel them)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 9" pie crust
Crumb Topping Ingredients
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats you can substitute this for granola
- 4 ounces nuts any variety of nuts or candied nuts will work; optional
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Mix all ingredients (except the crust) together in a large bowl.
- Pour apple pie filling into prepared pie crust at and bake for 40 minutes.
Crumb Topping Instructions
- While the pie is baking, mix all crumb topping ingredients in a small bowl until large crumbs form. I suggest doing this with your hands. Stop as soon as you have large crumbs. Do not overmix.
- At 40 minutes when you remove the pie from the oven, top evenly with crumbs. Cover crust with a pie guard if it is getting brown.
- Bake for another 20 minutes. Crumbs should be dark brown but not burnt.
- Cool for at least three hours before cutting into pie.
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