Friday, September 23, 2011

Apple Pie Tradition and Recipe

I love autumn. LOVE it! The weather, the clothes, the food and the traditions. I love everything about fall!

One of my favorite traditions takes place every year in October on Columbus Day - we go apple picking with friends. That fun-filled day results in another tradition - making an apple pie with my children.

In honor of that tradition, which is just around the corner, here is the delicious recipe I use:

Apple Crumb Pie

1 or 2 (9 inch) pie shell
6 cups thinly sliced apples
3/4 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. butter (or margarine)


Preheat oven to 375*. Place sliced apples in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine white sugar, 2 Tbsp. flour, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated. Spoon mixture into pie shell.

In small bowl combine 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter or margarine until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apple filling.

Choice: At this point you can cover top loosely with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 25-30 minutes, until top is golden brown. This will give you a crumb topping, almost like an apple crisp.

I prefer to put another pie crust on top of the crumb topping. I just gives it an extra yumminess (and calories, but we won't speak of that.) If using the pie crust, cut 4 slits in the center. Then cover edges with aluminum foil or pie shield to keep the edges from burning. Bake according to above instructions.

Do you have a favorite autumn tradition or recipe? If so, please share it!


Amy said...

Thanks for sharing! I've never made an apple pie (I've made several other apple desserts, just never pie) and this year my children have put in a request for a pie. So, I think this looks like a great recipe to try...after we pick! Can't wait! :)

Stephanie said...

I can't believe you've never made an apple pie! You are the Queen of Yummy Desserts! :D I generally make my crust from scratch as well. It's quick and easy and tastes better than store bought (in my opinion). I should post that recipe, too.

After making an apple pie last night I think I would adjust the recipe a little and reduce the amount of flour in the crumb crust. The recipe as is, tastes just slightly doughy. I'm probably be overly critical of it. I'd say use 1/3 cup instead of 1/2.

Also, if you are looking to reduce calories or sugar or starch content, using just the crumb topping or just a crust topping tastes just as good. :D Last year we made mini-pies and cut initials out of dough and put on top of each persons pie. My guys LOVED having their own pies to eat. :)

AnickH said...

this looks and sounds like the perfect apple pie and i love how you do a crust over the crumb topping!! thats so genius! that way your getting the best of both!! and i think I'll use the full 1/2 cup flour even though u say it makes it kinda doughy.. i prefer doughy textures. thanks for sharing this

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