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!
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.
To make a lattice top apple pie, use this recipe for the crust and apples, but then use this tutorial for a lattice and skip the crumble topping.To make a double crust pie, simply make two pie crusts or buy a package of two refrigerated crusts. Prepare the bottom crust and pie filling as directed. Top the pie with the second crust and crimp edges as desired. Cut some slits in the top crust to vent during baking. Pie is done when filling is bubbly and top is golden brown. (You can brush the top with a little bit of beaten egg before baking to help it get more golden, if you prefer.)