What’s better than homemade apple crisp pie? A homemade apple crisp pie! And if you’re like me, you will be happy to learn that this bite-sized treat is far easier to make than it looks. You could bake up a whole pie for your friends and family, but you don’t have to. Whip up just one batch of these luscious bites and enjoy them by yourself.
APPLE CRISP PIE
Homemade pie filling and an oatmeal crumb topping make this Apple Crisp Pie the perfect fall dessert. Add this easy apple pie recipe to your Thanksgiving day plans.
One of my baking pet peeve is that pie seems to get the shaft most of the year. Everyone breaks out their pie plates in the fall to make a Traditional Pumpkin Pie, then the plate just sits there the rest of the year.
I get it because I’m guilty of the same thing. Pie just isn’t one of those desserts that I make very often other times of the year. That needs to change for sure!
A few years ago I came up with a recipe for Homemade Apple Pie Filling and then made this Cheesecake Apple Pie. That apple pie quickly became one of our favorite fall desserts.
My husband absolutely loves anything apple, so he gets excited when I start making apple desserts.
I decided to make another apple pie this year, but with a slight twist. Instead of adding a layer of cheesecake on the bottom, I added a double batch of oatmeal crumble to the top.
Warm apple pie filling, a crispy topping, and melty vanilla ice cream…you see where this is going, right? This pie has all the components of a quick apple crisp or a dutch apple pie.
We had good intentions of sharing this apple crumble pie with friends. But it got forgotten because we were chatting outside around the campfire. Whoopsy! Hosting fail right there.
I probably should have set the pie out with the rest of the food, instead of thinking I would do it later.
Do yourself a favor and make this easy apple pie for your Thanksgiving dessert table this year. It will not last long. I know because we devoured this one in no time at all!
HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE CRISP PIE:
- Make the homemade apple pie filling the night before. It needs time to chill and thicken before putting it in the pie crust.
- Let the store bought pie crust sit on the counter for about 15 minutes before trying to unroll it. I usually get impatient and try to do it too early. No biggie though. Just press the tears together, if needed. You can also make a homemade crust if you prefer that instead.
- Mix together the flour, sugar, oats, spices, and butter until it is crumbly.
- Don’t scrimp on the oatmeal topping. You may think it is too much, but trust me and use all of it for the pie.
- Cover your crust with a pie shield, if you are worried your edges will get too dark while it is baking.
- Serve the apple pie warm with lots of ice cream and caramel topping. You can also serve it with Homemade Whipped Cream, if you prefer that instead.
The Best Apple Crumb Pie
Apple Crumble Pie is a delicious and easy pie that everyone requests time and again.
A tender flaky crust filled with sweet juicy cinnamon kissed apples all topped of with a delicious crumb topping. This is the perfect apple pie to serve after any meal!
Why This Is the Best Apple Crumb Pie Ever!
“The Best” is a pretty big statement and not one I take lightly… and “The Best” fits this Apple Crumb Pie perfectly! I first served this apple pie Thanksgiving many years ago and it was a HUGE hit, it has been requested over and over again!
- Great to make ahead, bakes up perfectly every time.
- Simple to make with homemade pie crust or store bought to make it fast.
- Can be served warm, room temperature, or chilled.
- Simple ingredients you probably have on hand.
The Best Apples for Pie
The base of a perfect apple pie (or apple crumble) starts with choosing the right apples. You’ll want an apple that is crisp and slightly tart but will hold its shape while baking.
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When baking apple pie, I recommend using a Granny Smith apple as I’ve used in this apple crumb pie recipe.
While you certainly can use any apple, some apples have a softer texture or are less crisp meaning your pie could become mushy or the apples won’t hold their shape.
How Many Apples are Needed for a Pie
This will vary based on the recipe you’re using and the topping, this particular recipe uses a delicious crumb topping so the apples are really piled sky-high.
For this apple crumb pie, you’ll need 8 medium Granny Smith apples which will be approximately 6-7 cups of apples. Always be sure to peel your apples for pie as the skin can become tough and chewy once baked.
How Many Cups is a Sliced Apple?
You can expect 3 medium apples (approximately 1 pound) to yield about 2 1/2 cups of sliced apples.
Cut the apples fairly thin (about 1/8″) and, in this apple crumble pie recipe, you’ll want to stack them nice and high because they will shrink down a bit as they bake!
An apple peeler/corer/slicer can make this job extra quick if you use a lot of sliced apples, it’s a great investment that will save you hours!
Crumb Topping for Apple Pie
What sets this pie apart from a classic apple pie recipe is the topping! The crumble is easy to make and this pie has a generous portion!
It’s a simple mixture of:
- brown/white sugar
Tips for a Perfect Pie
- Use an apple that holds up well like Granny smith.
- Pile the apples high, they’ll shrink a bit as they bake.
- If your crumb topping is powdery, it hasn’t been mixed enough. Use your hands to really mix it together until bigger crumbs form.
- If you notice the topping starts to brown too early, place a small square of foil over the middle.
- I use a nice deep dish pie plate and always set the pie plate on a parchment lined baking pan to bake. This makes it easier to get in and out of the oven and will catch any drips or spills should your pie bubble over!
Storage/Leftovers & Reheating Apple Crumb Pie
Once the pie has cooled it can be stored at room temperature uncovered for up to 24 hours.
If you bake this apple crumb pie ahead of time, you can warm it in the oven again before serving. Reheat at 325°F for about 20 minutes (heated from room temperature).
We serve this with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping and caramel sauce!
You can freeze this pie either before or after baking. If frozen before baking, the pie can be baked from frozen. To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 425°F and cover the pie loosely with foil. Place the pie in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for an additional 45-55 minutes.
Apple Crumble Pie
- Prep Time:3 hours
- Cook Time:55 minutes
- Total Time:6 hours, 50 minutes
- Yield:one 9-inch pie
Deep dish apple crumble pie is heavy on the crumble topping!
- Homemade Pie Crust (recipe makes 2 crusts; you can halve or freeze the 2nd half)
- 8–10 cups apple slices (1/4-inch slices, see note)
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) lemon juice
- 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
- 3/4 cup (95g) chopped walnuts
- 1/3 (75g) cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
- Make the filling: In a large bowl using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir the apples, lemon juice, flour, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract together until thoroughly combined. Set filling aside as the oven preheats; this time allows the apples to begin letting off their juice.
- Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
- Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (if you made the entire pie dough recipe– you can freeze the other half of the dough at this time). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9×2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Spoon the apple filling into the crust, leaving some of the liquid in the bowl– don’t want all that in the pie. Use a small paring knife to trim excess dough off the edges. Flute the edges.
- Make the crumble topping: In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and walnuts. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the butter. The crumble topping will be thick and crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
- Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 375°F (190°C) and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
- Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired. Cover pie leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.