Friday, September 17, 2010

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

I made this pie for our church small group gathering at our home last week. It was a much in fact that I made it twice in the same week. I normally prefer a crust top, but I modified this topping a bit and think that this might be a new favorite. Both times I've made this pie, I've used 3-4 different types of apples and I think that using different types gives it a wonderful flavor. If you don't usually, or are afraid to, make your own crust, you need to give this one a try. It is super easy to put together and its perfect flakiness is completely worth the little extra effort.

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Apple Pie with Crumb Topping
Adapted from: All Recipes

1 pie shell
6 cups thinly sliced apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Crumb topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
sprinkle of cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place sliced apples in a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice if desired. In a small bowl, mix together white sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated. Spoon mixture into pie shell.

In a small bowl mix together the 1/4 cup flour, brown sugar and oats. Soften butter and toss into mixture until moist and crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apple filling. {There will be a generous amount of topping. Sprinkle liberally!} Cover top loosely with aluminum foil.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes, until top is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.

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