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Crumb Apple Pie

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So this is a recipe re-do. I made it in the first few months of this blog. And, well, I’m not proud of how the post looks. When Ashton mentioned doing a re-do post and making it a blog hop, I knew immediately that I was going to re-make this pie.

You see, this pie is special. One, my husband loves it. He cannot turn it down (and ate two slices of it).

And two, it’s the pie that inspired the blog name. Because we love the crust and the crumb of this pie more than the apple filling and one night, chowing down, the idea for a crust-loving store/site/something was born.

And now, here I am, a few years later, working on that dream.

So this pie needed a new place here on this site. Badly.

Plus, it’s always good to re-do some things in life. What would you re-do, if you could?

I would definitely go back and pay more attention to the HTML unit in my programming class in college, instead of copying off my future husband.

I would re-do so many things about my wedding. The colors (um, evergreen? really?) and the attendants.

But not the cake. No way, I wouldn’t change that for the world.

I’d go back in time to the sixth grade and tell myself, do NOT crimp your hair for your school photo. Have you ever seen someones head look like a triangle?

Oh, and for sure I would go back to when I saw City of Angels (you know, Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage) and leave 10 minutes before the ending. I stayed until then end of the movie, and it still haunts me.

I might have re-done the pictures of this pie, and the post. But I will never change the ingredients or the way I make it. Except maybe to add more crumble. More crumble is always better.

My secret in this pie? I cook the apples a little before adding them to the pie crust. I don’t like chewy apples. (Are you surprised?)

I also make my crust with butter only. No offense to shortening users. I’m just not a huge fan. So I use all butter.

Butter is good.

Tart apples. Sweet cinnamon. Crunchy, sweet, crumbly topping. Add some ice cream and you’ve got a meal.

Hmmm…I may have to re-do it again. I don’t know if I like the pictures enough… ;)

Crumb Apple Pie

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, diced and chilled
  • 3-4 tablespoons of ice water

For the Filling:

  • 6 or 7 large Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ - ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoons cinnamon

For the Crumb:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 12 tablespoons butter, slightly softened

Directions:

  1. Make the Crust: Combine flour and salt in food processor. Add butter and process until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball.
  3. Two options for the next step: wrap in plastic and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight, until ready to use OR roll out crust immediately between two pieces of wax paper and press into pie plate. Chill at least 30 minutes, while you are getting the rest of the filling ready.
  4. This recipe makes one crust. Double recipe to make a two-crust pie.
  5. Make the Filling and Assemble: Peel and slice apples to desired thickness. Place one inch of water in the bottom of a large pot. Add apples and cook, stirring occasionally, approximately 5 minutes. You want the apples semi-opaque but not mushy.
  6. While apples are cooking, add the crumb ingredients to a large bowl. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the ingredients together until they form coarse crumbs, about the size of a pea.
  7. Drain apples well and place in chilled pie shell. Sprinkle remaining ¼ - ½ cup sugar (depending on your desired sweetness) and cinnamon over apples. Add your crumb mixture evenly on top. Place pie on a cookie sheet to avoid mess in the oven.
  8. Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes. You may need to cover center of pie with foil during baking if your crumb topping is browning too fast.
  9. To make the star toppers, I used a refrigerated pie crust I had laying around. Cut your shapes and add to the top of the crumb before baking.
  10. Pie may be made a day in advance. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

67 Responses to “Crumb Apple Pie”

  1. Robyn posted on June 4, 2012 at 4:57 am (#)

    Dorothy,

    It’s interesting that you would re-do your wedding attendants. A few years ago I was in a similar conversation and I think a lot of people would re-do the same. My how life changes.

    Good job on this Apple Pie re-do, looks delicious.

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  2. Shirley@bells-bakery posted on June 4, 2012 at 4:59 am (#)

    These photos soo do not need a re-do,they are drool-worthy! All I want is that slice at the end with a big dollop of ice-cream :) Crimping hair? Ya I think everyone is guilty of that,ha ha triangle head..ahh the memories:)

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  3. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on June 4, 2012 at 5:55 am (#)

    My husband is totally crazy for pie – adding this to my must make list! I love the addition of the little stars on top. So glad you decided you’re crazy for crust and started this blog :)

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  4. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on June 4, 2012 at 5:58 am (#)

    Your pie looks awesome, and so do your pictures. If you think something needs a re-do, check out my first blog pictures–yikes! My hubby loves apple pie; I’m pinning this one to make for a special occasion!

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    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on June 4th, 2012 at 6:59 am

      I hope you like it Ashley!

      And, please, I beg you not to look back at my first posts. I almost want to delete them they are so bad! :)

      Reply

  5. Aimee posted on June 4, 2012 at 6:39 am (#)

    Oh girl this looks fantastic. Your stories crack me up. I could never get crimping to work, so instead I spiral permed my hair. Not cool my friend, not cool. This pie though? Very cool!

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  6. Hayley posted on June 4, 2012 at 7:07 am (#)

    Holy crap, this looks so good. Apple pie is my beyond fave pie EVER and the crumbier the better! Plus, I love the stars :) and I remember getting a crimper in elementary school because I wanted my hair to look like–*drumroll*–a Barbie doll’s hair. Note: crimping looks good on Barbie’s hair since well, she’s Barbie and that chick can do no wrong, but crimping does NOT look okay in real life. Ughhhhh.

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  7. Susan posted on June 4, 2012 at 7:13 am (#)

    I love the idea of the stars on top of the crumb crust; it really would be perfect for the July 4th picnic. I also cook my apples first to release some of the juices and use some concentrated apple cider to flavor them.
    Apple Pie for breakfast would be fantastic this morning! XOXO

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  8. Sue posted on June 4, 2012 at 7:49 am (#)

    Looks like you nailed it in your re-do! Yep, definitely can’t have TOO MUCH crumble:) I want to re-do MANY of my first post~yikes!

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  9. Sophie posted on June 4, 2012 at 7:54 am (#)

    I agree! Butter is always good! Can’t go wrong with a little “Julia Child’ right? (;

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  10. Something Swanky posted on June 4, 2012 at 8:10 am (#)

    ummmmm YES– I think you should definitely re-do this post. I mean, it’s clearly still not right. So let’s say another re-do around Christmas time? When I’m in Cali???? And you’ll re-do this pie again?? YESSSSS.

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  11. Mandy posted on June 4, 2012 at 8:17 am (#)

    Sigh. I just want a piece of this so badly. I’m sad now. I better go make one myself!

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  12. Fashion Meets Food posted on June 4, 2012 at 8:19 am (#)

    This pie looks so good and is so pretty! xo

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  13. Dip It In Chocolate posted on June 4, 2012 at 8:57 am (#)

    I love that I’m not the only one who cooks the apples first. Crunchy apples in pie kinda creeps my mouth out.

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  14. Kristin posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:08 am (#)

    I truly believe that shortening makes everything better. But we can agree to disagree :)
    My cousin (in 2000) had John Deere green and yellow (with sunflowers) as her wedding colors. If I could go back, I’d probably blow more money on my wedding. Everyone says it was great, but I would’ve gone with a more upscale venue, better photographers, and a better DJ.

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  15. Maria posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:28 am (#)

    What a beautiful and delicious looking pie!!!!

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  16. Back for Seconds posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:46 am (#)

    This looks like the ultimate apple pie. I am feeling a little star struck by it’s inspiring famousness. You even put pie crust stars on top, LOVE! I am with you, butter all the way. What would I redo….let’s not go there.

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  17. Me And My Sweets posted on June 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm (#)

    Hi Dorothy,

    I just wanted you to know that your contribution for My Sweet Party was amongst my top three favourites. Your Chocolate dipped peanut butter donuts looked and sounded amazing!!! Please check out the post were I featured you here

    http://meandmysweets.blogspot.se/2012/06/my-sweet-party-top-three-chocolate.html

    Btw your apple pie is adorable!!

    XX

    Johanna

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  18. Julie posted on June 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#)

    Oh I love apple pie and this is pinned so I can totally make it!! And I totally agree about some of those redo in my life (my wedding colors were horrid, the perm is 9th grade was even worse, the red wranglers and cowboy boots in junior high were not very flattering, and the list goes on). Thank heavens we get to redo recipes on our blogs because wow all of us have come so far!! :)

    The Farm Girl

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  19. Trish - Sweetology101 posted on June 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm (#)

    I would re-do YOUR re-do anytime…looks so yummy. Hey, hilarious on the hair crimp comment, I know that all too well.

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  20. Ellen posted on June 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm (#)

    I am now a HUGE fan of apple pie with crumb topping…And, yes, you would love it with cheese. ;)

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  21. Jocelyn posted on June 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm (#)

    I need a huge slice of this awesome pie while contemplate what all I would redo!!! Love the cute extra pie crust stars!!! I’m thanking my lucky stars that the crimper never worked on curly hair;-)

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  22. Erin posted on June 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm (#)

    Your pie looks amazing!!! Wonderful pics! You are so funny. I would re-do a ton of moments. The crimping hair one made me laugh! Mine would be the Dorothy Hammel haircut in 6th grade. Hello! It didn’t even look good on here! What was I thinking??!!

    On another note =o) I made your S;more Cookie Tarts and they were AMAZING!!! But I failed at following your directions so they aren’t as cool looking as yours. But the taste? Fantastic! Thanks!

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  23. Little Susie Home Maker posted on June 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm (#)

    What a cute idea! I like the re-do party theme! Your apple crumb sounds wonderful. Your post is funny, too! Thanks for the stories.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  24. Emily Meyers posted on June 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm (#)

    Hey there! Love your blog! I found you via the MMM blog hop and just added myself to your followers! Also I wanted to invite you to come enter a fabulous Steve Madden giveaway I’m having right now!!
    Hope to see you there! And thanks so much lady!
    Emily

    http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/2012/06/steve-madden-giveaway.html

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  25. Winnie posted on June 5, 2012 at 7:49 am (#)

    Don’t have to convince me – I looooooooove crumb-apple-pie and lucky me all my family share my feeling
    I love the little stars on top – wonderful idea!

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  26. Lisa posted on June 5, 2012 at 8:03 am (#)

    This looks SO good! Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” We love apple pie here and definitely are going to try this one! :-)

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  27. Tonia L posted on June 6, 2012 at 7:20 am (#)

    Your apple pie looks lovely! What a great idea for a hop. I totally have a blog post that I want to redo! It was one of my very first posts and its been getting a lot of hits lately and the pictures just aren’t very good!

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  28. Mom Photographer posted on June 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm (#)

    I am not fan of shortening as well. Butter works just fine! your recipe sounds reaaly great!

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  29. tracie posted on June 7, 2012 at 11:10 am (#)

    The best part of that pie is the stars on top. Love it!

    tracie
    weddedblissplusbaby.blogspot.com

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  30. Rachel Cotterill posted on June 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#)

    Mmmm, I would definitely love a slice of that pie! And I like a good amount of crust-to-filling myself :)

    Reply

  31. Kimberly posted on June 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm (#)

    Found you on Mopping it up Monday’s…the pie looks awesome along with a lot of your other recipes.

    I’m your newest follower.

    Kimberly @ mypinterestreality.com

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  32. Andrea posted on June 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm (#)

    Oh man am I crazy for crust also. I found this on pinterest and will have to make this the next time I make apple pie. So happy to be your newest follower. When you have a chance come by and check me out at http://www.questfordelish.blogspot.com

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  33. Becky Elmuccio posted on July 21, 2012 at 11:12 am (#)

    Looks delicious! And I wold skip the end of City of Angels too!

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  34. The Daily Smash posted on July 27, 2012 at 7:32 am (#)

    Looks so good. What a great blog you have makes me hungry lol. If you have a min check out mine if you have not already :)

    http://www.thedailysmash101.blogspot.com

    have a great day

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  35. Megan posted on November 5, 2012 at 8:49 am (#)

    Wow! This looks very yummy, and it just might be on our weekend menu, now. Thank you for sharing.

    Here’s my post for the Linky: http://artsandcraftshome.blogspot.com/2012/11/mmm-peach-pie-just-like-my-mama-makes-it.html

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  44. BitsyBet posted on November 8, 2013 at 9:44 am (#)

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I don’t like crunchy apples in my apple pie, so the cooking them a bit first does sound like the solution. I’m planning on making this for Thanksgiving using your all butter crust recipe. The crumb topping reminds me of what my mother uses on her cherry crumb pie, except she uses shortening instead of butter.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 10th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Crumble is the BEST! And cooked apples are the bees knees!

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      • BitsyBet replied on November 22nd, 2013 at 9:18 am

        Dorothy, one last question: Can I use an assortment of apples instead of Granny Smith? I want to use what I have in my produce drawer in the fridge, if I can. I am so looking forward to this pie. Can you tell?

        • Dorothy Kern replied on November 22nd, 2013 at 3:37 pm

          You can use whatever apples you like! I’ve never made them with anything but Granny Smith, and I know that other apples are less crisp, so you may need to precook them less. Enjoy!

          • BitsyBet replied on November 29th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

            The pie was excellent! I used the apple assortment and it turned out great–no crunchy apples, either. The crumb topping was so good. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much!

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  46. Shruti Goenka posted on April 8, 2014 at 7:02 am (#)

    Such a cute looking pie!!! I love the stars you have added to it. Will surely try :)

    http://shrutigoenka.snydle.com/apple-pie-recipe-for-you.html

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