October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
This pie is super, duper yummy and I
think know that you should make it soon! I don’t know about you all, but I wasn’t always a pie person. I don’t know how I could have been so crazy! It was mainly the crust that I didn’t love. I could totally go for a graham cracker crust, but just a few years ago a flaky, golden pie crust wasn’t my thing. Now I adore flaky, golden pie crusts! Add this filling and wacky good crumble topping to one of those delicious pie crusts…and it’s a match made in pie heaven 😀
Anyways, Mom and I created this recipe one day when we didn’t have enough canned apple pie filling. And yes…we do buy (occasionally) canned apple pie filling! I know…it’s a shame…a big no no. Sometimes, you just go for the easy way. Of course, come to find out, it really wasn’t that hard to make the filling ourselves! The great crumb topping recipe is from my favorite Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and it worked wonderfully. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy this pie as much as my family did:) With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s a great recipe to bookmark. Nothing too complicated. Actually, I didn’t even make my own crust for this one, but you definitely can. It would only make it all the more delicious!
Apple Pie with Crumb Topping
1 frozen pie crust (or homemade!)
-For the Filling:
3-4 Lg. Granny Smith Apples
1/2 cup honey (or brown sugar)
about 1 tsp. cinnamon
dash of salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
-For the Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbls. butter
1/4 cup oats (optional)
*You can always add some nuts to this mixture to make it extra special
1) Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and dice apples.
2) Place diced apples with honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a medium size pot on the stove. Heat it until simmering, stirring every minute or so to keep the honey from burning. Let it continue simmering for about 15 minutes until the apples are just tender. They don’t have to be completely done since they will continue to cook in the oven. Pour into pie crust.
3) Mix together flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut in butter. When it’s totally mixed it should resemble coarse crumbs. Lastly, add oats and nuts and stir together.