Sweet Apple Crumble Pie

It might be the sweet scent of apples or the rich spicy aroma of cinnamon, but an Apple Crumble Pie definitely has a certain warmth to it that gives a sense of comfort. Why not try making it for someone you love this Valentine’s? We shy away from making pies, because we think it’s time-consuming and difficult to prepare. But it’s actually one of the easiest desserts to make! Yes, there are a number of steps to follow, but they aren’t complicated. You don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to pull it off.

Tips Before You Start

1. If you don’t have enough time in your hands, use store-bought pie pastry. Yes, store-bought pie pastry!

2. Roll out your pie pastry on top of parchment paper, so it will be easier for you to transfer it into a pie dish.

3. If you don’t have a rolling pin, you can use a wine bottle or any long, clean cylinder you can find at home.

4. Different kinds of apples produce different tastes. Personally, I like the sweetness and crunchiness of Fuji apples. But Pink Lady, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious work well, too. It all depends on how sweet or tart you want your pie to be!

5. Slice your apples into 1/4 of an inch thickness. You don’t want the apples to be too thick because they won’t cook, and you don’t want them to be too thin either because they’ll turn into mush.

6. Use room temperature butter for the streusel topping and use your hands to mix everything together. It will produce a crumblier, sand-like texture compared to using a pastry cutter or a food processor.

Sweet Apple Crumble Pie

Course Dessert

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour

Servings 8 to 10 servings

INGREDIENTS

Pie Crust

350 Grams pie crust (store-bought or homemade)

Filling

4 Large Fuji apples (sliced into 1/4 of an inch thickness)

2 Tbsp lemon juice 

1/2 Cup granulated sugar 

1/4 Cup brown sugar 

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour 

1 Tsp ground cinnamon powder 

Streusel Topping

3/4 Cup all-purpose flour 

1/4 Cup quick oats or chopped nuts (optional) 

1/2 Cup brown sugar 

1 Tsp ground cinnamon powder 

6 Tbsp unsalted butter 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C.

Pie Crust
1. Roll out pie pastry into 1/8 of an inch thickness. Make sure it will cover your pie dish.
2. Lightly grease your pie dish with butter and then transfer your rolled-out pie pastry into it. Make sure there are no air pockets—press down on the bottom and sides gently. Slice out any extra overhang. Set aside.
Filling
1. Put your sliced apples in a large bowl and squeeze in lemon juice to keep the apples from browning.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
3. Dump in the dry ingredients with the apple slices and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
Streusel Topping
1. Combine all the dry ingredients together.
2. Add in room temperature butter with the dry ingredients and mix with your hands until it resembles crumbly sand.
Assembly
1. Transfer your filling into the prepared pie dish, making sure that the apple slices are evenly distributed throughout the dish.
2. Sprinkle the streusel topping on top of the filling.
3. Bake in a 200°C pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
4. After 20 minutes, lower down the temperature to 180°C and continue to bake for 40 to 50 more minutes until the top is a nice golden brown.
5. Remove from the oven and let the pie cool for 2 to 3 hours to let the filling settle.
6. Have a slice and enjoy it à la mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

RECIPE NOTES

An apple crumble pie is slightly different from the traditional apple pie. Instead of an old-fashioned lattice pie crust on top, an apple crumble pie has a streusel crust topping that gives it an added texture. Yum!


Kat is an amateur baker and food enthusiast who is always on the lookout for scrumptious recipes. Although she bakes all kinds of desserts, her forte lies in the art of creating beautiful buttercream flower cakes. Follow her blog at www.itslovepenny.com.

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