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My absolute favorite thing: an Apple Crumb Pie recipe! This is a delicious apple pie with crumb topping. The tart apples with the sweet crumb topping is the perfect combination! This pie is the reason I started my blog! I’ve been making this pie for over 25 years and everyone loves it.

one slice of pie with crumble topping on a white plate next to a fork.


Why This Recipe Works

With the from scratch crust, apples that are the perfect texture, and buttery sweet crumble topping, this pie is sure to be a hit. I have been making this pie for over 25 years and every single person who tastes it loves it.

I first posted this pie in the early days of this blog. I’m not going to link it because, really, no one needs to see those horrible photos. Then I updated it back in 2012. I reshot it and reposted but I still didn’t know how to take pictures of food properly.

The first time I made this pie, I was in college. My mom was hosting Thanksgiving and I wanted to make my OWN pie recipe. I scoured her Better Homes & Gardens red-checked cookbook and found a crumb apple pie recipe that I then altered to make the perfect dutch apple pie.

Over the years I’ve fine tuned the crust, the apple pie filling and the crumble topping to get the BEST ever dutch apple pie recipe!

ingredients in crumb apple pie.

Important Ingredients

  • Pie Crust: Use my pie crust recipe or buy one from the grocery store
  • Apples: I prefer using Granny Smith Apples since they are tart and go perfectly with the sweet crumble. They also stand up to par-boiling and won’t fall apart.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter for best results – but you can swap salted if needed. Just lower the added salt.
  • Granulated Sugar and Flour: These round out the crumble, and we also use sugar with the apples to sweeten them along with cinnamon.

Preparing Apples for Pie

This is where my recipe differs from most apple pie recipes and why it’s better: I cook my apples before adding them to the pie. I hate crunchy apples in pie. My secret to the perfect apple filling? I cook the apples before adding them to the crust.

I peel, core, and slice my apples (using my handy dandy apple peeler, get one, it saves your sanity) then quarter the apple rings and boil them for just a few minutes in a pot with a bit of water. Once they bake in the pie they’re the perfect texture and not crunchy.

How to make Apple Crumb Pie

  • Add the apples to a pot with a bit of water.
  • Cook until they’re just starting to change in opaqueness and get a bit soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Place your pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Fill with apples. Top with cinnamon sugar and crumble. Bake until golden brown.
sliced pie with crumble topping in a clear pie plate.

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • Use a pie shield for the early part of baking so that the outer crust doesn’t get over done.
  • Some ovens cook differently – if you notice the top getting too brown too fast, cover the entire pie loosely with foil.
  • To avoid a soggy bottom crust: bake the pie at a high temperature for 10-15 minutes, then lower the oven temperature.
  • I recommend baking in glass pie plates for best results – not porcelain. Unlike other baked goods, glass is better for pie, and you can see the bottom crust to tell if it’s done baking.
  • Let the pie cool before slicing.
one slice of pie with crumble topping and vanilla ice cream on top.

FAQ

How do you know when apple pie is done?

When the top is browned and the crust is golden, the pie is done. It usually takes a good amount of time in the oven. I recommend using a pie crust shield to make sure your pie crust doesn’t get too brown (if you’re using a refrigerated crust this is more important – those cook faster than my all butter crust).

What kind of apples are best for apple pie?

I highly recommend using Granny Smith Apples for this pie. The tart apples mixed with the sugary crumb topping are the perfect combination. Granny Smith apples are also a bit firmer and can withstand the cooking then baking process. Other apples (i.e. Gala, Fuji, Macintosh) are softer and will become mushy if you use them in this recipe.

How do I avoid a soggy bottom pie crust?

I always bake the pie at 425°F for about 10 minutes then lower the temperature to 350° – this helps cook the bottom crust.

How do you store apple pie? Does apple pie need to be refrigerated?

Yes – you should store leftovers in the refrigerator. They’ll last about 3 days.

Can you freeze apple pie with crumb topping?

Yes you can – wrap it well and freeze for up to 2 months, or freeze slices in plastic baggies.

one slice of pie with crumble topping on a white plate next to a fork.

Apple Crumble Pie Recipe

4.86 from 35 votes
This is my absolute FAVORITE pie recipe. It’s the reason I started this blog! A buttery crust filled with sweet apples and a crunchy sweet crumble on top. It’s the perfect WOW dessert, especially with ice cream!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 slice

Ingredients
 

For the pie:

  • 1 All Butter Pie Crust  or you can use a refrigerated pie crust
  • 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (5-7 depending on size)
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the crumb:

  • cup (133g) sugar
  • 1 ½ cups (186g) flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (170g) unsalted butter slightly softened

Instructions

  • Roll out your pie crust according to recipe or package directions and place in your 9″ pie plate. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Peel and core the apples, then slice into thin slices. I like using my apple peeler for this step. Place one inch of water in the bottom of a large pot. Add apples and cook, stirring occasionally, approximately 3-5 minutes after water boils, or just until the apples start to turn the slightest bit opaque.
  • 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.
  • Drain apples very well. Let them sit in the strainer for a few minutes to cool, then place them in pie crust. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon over apples. Add your crumb mixture evenly on top. Place pie on a cookie sheet to avoid mess in the oven. Cover outer edge of crust with thin strips of foil or a pie crust shield.
  • Bake at 425° for 10 minutes then lower the oven temperature to 350°F for 30-40 minutes. Remove pie crust shield during the last 15 minutes of baking to ensure that the crust browns.
  • Pie may be made a day in advance. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Baked pie can be frozen up to a month.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Use a pie shield for the early part of baking so that the outer crust doesn’t get over done.
  • Some ovens cook differently – if you notice the top getting too brown too fast, cover the entire pie loosely with foil.
  • To avoid a soggy bottom crust: bake the pie at a high temperature for 10-15 minutes, then lower the oven temperature.
  • I recommend baking in glass pie plates for best results – not porcelain. Unlike other baked goods, glass is better for pie, and you can see the bottom crust to tell if it’s done baking.
  • Let the pie cool before slicing.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on October 25, 2023



Dorothy Kern

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53 Comments

  1. Hi, This was the first recipe I used from your sight. I’m tired of buying pies from the store, they are not as good. I’m very picky when it comes to desserts. I like homemade. I used an 8-inch glass baking dish, so I didn’t use all the crumble. I used double the cinnamon for the apples. I also didn’t use all the apples, left out 2 small apples. I used Gala bc that’s all I could find. I used brown sugar for the topping, needs more sugar. I did dock the dough. Everything else was the same. This was very time consuming. I made the dough and apples yesterday and the rest today. We just ate our first piece, and it was just ok. I think it needs tweeting. The bottom crust came out soggy, but the top part tasted great. I didn’t pre-cook the crust. Should I?

    1. Usually my bottom crust cooks through but if you’re having trouble with that you can pre-cook the crust for about 10 minutes at 400 – be sure to line it with parchment and pie weights.

  2. It’s in the oven now but I can tell by the aroma, it’s going to be a favorite. So I give it 4 to start based on ease of prep and SMELL! I’ll get back to you this evening! I’ll TRY to post pix however I’m NEW at this so PLEASE be patient. Thank you.. I think I’m going to enjoy several of your recipes and baking with my Grandchildren!!! LoL

  3. This was the most tasteless apple pie I’ve ever eaten. I will definitely make some adjustments on the ingredients if I use this recipe again! Definitely needs more spice, more salt, and the apples should be tossed in the cinnamon sugar mixture, rather than sprinkling it on top of them after putting in the shell.

  4. Yes I have tried making your Dutch apple crumb pie and it turned out very well and so delicious! I like crumbs on the pie better than the usual pie and it’s the best recipe I have ever tried ! Thanks very much for sharing!

    1. That depends on the recipe you are using. I usually bake my pies at 425 for 10 min then lower to 350 for the remainder, but again, follow the recipe you’re using.

  5. Made this during the week and my son and husband loved! Very very easy to make. It will definitely be on repeat in our house!

  6. Hi Dorothy and everyone…
    this pie is beyond outstanding!
    The crust melts in your mouth, and the filling is very satisfying, as is the crumb topping. And making it even easier to love, is this recipe is very easy to make.
    I followed the recipe exactly.
    Thank you Dorothy for sharing another gem! It’s so good!
    Lisa

  7. I just made your Dutch apple crumble pie. The crust is amazing, love it. The pie was so good, hard to stay out of it. Thank you so much for a great recipe.
    Linda