Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. – Martin Luther
Apple Crumble Pie: The Quintessential Fall Recipe
There are many things in life that are uncertain. However, there are also a few that are certainly true, such as the following:
- Fall is simply not complete without apples.
- A pie is simply not complete without apples.
- Apple pie is simply not complete without crumble.
- Apple crumble pie is simply not complete without ice cream.
Therefore, I present to you today’s recipe, Apple Crumble Pie.
Apple Crumble Pie: Simple, Sweet and Special
Apple crumble pie has a very special place in my heart because it is the first official pie I have ever baked! It is probably also the type of pie I have baked the most. Key lime pie is a close second.
There is just something about apple crumble pie that feels homey. It makes you feel warm and happy inside.
It reminds me of fall season where the leaves turn red and the cold chill starts creeping up on you. Next thing you know, you’ll be wearing colorful scarves, continuously adding to your boots collection, buying gloves to match your fall jacket, and waiting for that first snowfall of the year.
Apple crumble pie is essentially a very easy recipe to make. It has three major components:
- Apple Mixture
- Crumble Mixture
- Pie Crust
For this particular recipe, I just used pre-made shortbread pie crust. It just makes my life easier. Although making your own pie crust would not be too difficult as well! I would much rather prefer a graham cracker crust pie crust, however, they are very rare in this part of the world where I am currently staying.
Since pie crust is off the list, just follow the simple steps below! Detailed measurements will be in the recipe to follow.
Create apple mixture with apples, sugar, cinnamon, flour and vanilla. You are essentially sweetening and spicing up your apples, and the flour is there to make the juice thicker when baked.
Create crumble mixture with sugar, cinnamon, salt, flour, oats, nuts (optional) and cold butter. The butter makes the mixture “crumbly,” but the oats and nuts give it that extra crunch.
Place apple mixture on pie crust evenly.
Sprinkle crumble topping. It’s better not to pat it down for a better “crumble” look.
Bake in oven until apples are cooked and crumble is toasty brown.
Get a slice or two or more of apple crumble pie. Pie slices will probably fall apart, but it’s alright. That’s partly why it’s called “apple crumble”!
Enjoy on it’s own, or with ice cream, whipped cream or Greek yogurt!
- 1 9-inch pie crust (graham cracker crust is ideal, but shortbread isn't bad either)
- 5 cups of apples (about 4 large apples; peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
- 1/4 cup of white sugar
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 3/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of brown sugar (add more if you want it sweeter)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of oats and/or chopped almonds (adjust to your liking; if not using, just add an extra 1/4 cup of flour)
- pinch of salt
- 4 tablespoons of cold butter, cut in cubes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- To make apple mixture, in a large bowl, combine thinly sliced apples, sugars, flour, cinnamon and vanilla. Make sure apples are coated evenly. Set aside.
- To make crumble mixture, in a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, flour, oats/almonds and salt. Cut in cubes of butter with a fork, or with your hands until they resemble coarse pebbles.
- Place apple mixture evenly on pie crust. Sprinkle crumble mixture on top.
- Cover with foil and bake at preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes. Broil for about 1 to 2 minutes so the top gets more crunchy.
- Enjoy with some ice cream or whipped cream!
- If your apples are already really sweet, you can cut back on the sugars! Honey can probably also be used although I haven't really tried that yet :)