Streusel Apple Crumble

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This recipe for Streusel Apple Crumble is a family favourite. The warmth of the cinnamon and the tartness of the apples pair beautifully, and the crunchy topping gives texture to every bite. The Apple Crumble Pie Recipe is best served warm with ice cream or custard. An apple a day keeps the doctor away! No more doctor visits with these health benefits of eating apples.

Streusel Apple Crumble

So Easy and Tasty Apple Streusel created by Tea Jenny

INGREDIENTS

  • 3large fall apples (Cortland or McIntosh are both great)
  • 12cup sugar
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 14teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • TOPPING
  • 14cup cold butter (4 tbls. or 1/4 cup)
  • 12cup flour
  • 13cup sugar
  • 12teaspoon cinnamon
  • 18teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease the bottom only of a small (4 cups or so) casserole dish. Peel and core the apples, slice and place in a bowl. Top with sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, toss to coat. Set aside while preparing topping.
  3. Make the streusel by cutting the cold butter into a bowl, adding flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, if using. Rub it through your fingers until the streusel is a coarse, sandy/pebbly texture.
  4. Put the seasoned apples into the pan, top generously with the streusel, and bake at 350° about 30 minutes, or until the streusel is golden brown and the apple is starting to bubble up through the topping.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

APPLE STREUSEL CAKE

Apple Streusel Cake is a cinnamon apple crumb cake with three layers – vanilla sponge, juicy apples, and a cinnamon crumb topping. It’s good for tea or pudding (with cream or custard).

Apple Streusel Cake

WHAT’S A STREUSEL CAKE?

When my mother first made Apple Streusel Cake we thought it was very Continental and quite exotic. Perhaps it was just the name. In fact, it’s really an apple cake with a sweet crumb topping and a hint of cinnamon. You can have it for tea, or for pudding with cream.

KEY INGREDIENTS IN APPLE STREUSEL CAKE

COOKING APPLES

Cooking apples are better than eating apples in this recipe as the texture is different – less dense so they cook down well – and they are less sweet. But if eating apples are what you’ve got – use them but be prepared for a slightly different texture.

CINNAMON

The original recipe doesn’t have cinnamon, but I like the extra flavour it gives. If cinnamon isn’t your thing, double the vanilla extract in the cake and you will still have a lovely Apple Streusel Cake.

HOW LONG DOES APPLE STREUSEL KEEP?

The cut, or uncut, cake will keep for at least a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

Apple Crumble Pie Recipe

A piece of apple pie with streusel topping on a white plate stacked on a pink plate with a fork, topped with vanilla ice cream, garnished with cinnamon sticks and apple.

Apple Crumble Pie is made with a tender crust that is filled with juicy, spiced apples and topped with a delicious, buttery streusel topping. This homemade dutch apple pie is easier to make than a classic double-crusted pie and makes the perfect fall dessert!

Apple Crumble Pie

Apple Pie is one of the classic recipes we all love. Today I’m sharing my favorite twist on this beloved dessert – the Dutch Apple Pie. The difference between a Dutch Apple Pie (aka Apple Crumble Pie) and a traditional Apple Pie is the streusel topping that bakes up into crunchy, sweet deliciousness and is, in my opinion, easier to make than a pastry top. A perfect dessert for Thanksgiving and other special occasions!

The perfect Apple Pie starts with choosing the right apples. You want the apple filling to have a balanced flavor that is not overly sweet so you can taste the apple and it should not be mushy but have a bit of texture. Many recipes recommend Granny Smith apples but these apples lack flavor and are quite tart that’s why I like to combine different apples to get the BEST Apple Pie.

What are the Best Apples for a Pie

To make the best Apple Pie use a combination of flavorful and firm apples like Granny Smith and McIntosh.

  • Granny Smith: firm, do not mush but are quite tart and do not contain a very strong apple flavor, best combined with a more sweet and flavorful apple
  • Honeycrisp: sweet, flavorful, and stay relatively firm, great combined with Granny Smith, but not always available
  • Golden Delicious: flavorful, nice blend of sweet and tart, loses a bit of firmness when cooked
  • Jonagold: firm texture, flavorful, nice blend of sweet and tart, hard to find but makes a great pie by itself
  • Gala: sweet, flavorful, firm texture, best combined with a tart apple
  • McIntosh: sweet and juicy, flavorful, soft, breaks down while cooking, great combined with Granny Smith apples
  • Pink Lady: flavorful, blend of sweet and sour flavors, makes a great pie by itself
A glass baking dish, with apple pie with streusel topping garnished with apples and cinnamon sticks

How many Apples are needed for an Apple Pie with crumb topping

How many apples you need depends on the size of the apples you use and the recipe you use. For this recipe, you’ll need 8 cups of sliced apples which is about 2 3/4 pounds or 8 medium apples. The apples will be stacked high in this recipe because they will shrink after you take the pie out of the oven.

Tips and Tricks for Making the BEST Apple Crumb Pie

  • Use a storebought pie crust (follow instructions on packaging) or use your favorite pie crust recipe! Using a premade crust makes it a lot easier and quicker but if I have the time I like to make a homemade crust.
  • Peeling the apples is important because the peel becomes chewy and tough once baked.
  • Don’t take a shortcut and just dump the dry filling ingredients on top of the apples. Make sure that the dry filling ingredients are thoroughly combined before adding them to the apples.
  • Let the apples sit for at least 15 minutes so they start to release their juices. This will help the filling to thicken later.
  • Bake the apple pie on a parchment-covered baking sheet. The apple filling tends to bubble up and it’s so much easier to just throw away some parchment paper than to clean the bottom of the oven.
  • Let the pie cool completely before slicing so that the starch and the apples can do their job of thickening the filling. If you slice it too early it will crumble more and the filling won’t be as thick.
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How to make Dutch Apple Pie

  • If you’re using a homemade pie crust prepare it according to the recipe.
  • We start by making the apple filling before we preheat the oven, this way the apples have time to release some of their juices.
  • Combine the dry ingredients for the filling in a separate bowl then add them to the sliced apples and mix with your hands or a spatula until combined.
  • Next step is to preheat the oven and preparing the pie plate. If you are using a refrigerated pie crust take it out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes before unrolling it.
  • Place the pie crust into a 9×2-inch round pie dish, use your fingers to tuck it in, trim the overhang and flute the edges . Fluting the edges helps the pie crust to hold the filling while baking.
  • Spoon the apple filling into the crust, leaving some of the liquid in the bowl.
  • Prepare the crumb topping and sprinkle it over the pie.
  • Put the pie dish on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes, reducing the temperature after 20 minutes.
Close-up of glass baking dish with apple pie with streusel topping before baking. The crust is crimped into waves all around.

How do you make a Crumb Topping for Apple Pie

My favorite thing about this dutch apple pie recipe is probably the crumb topping. It is a delicious and EASY twist on a classic double-crust apple pie! Making a crumble topping for apple pie is super easy and adds a little bit of crunch.

To make a Dutch apple pie topping you just need a few simple ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, and cinnamon. You can use a fork or a pastry cutter to combine them but I always prefer to use my hands. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until the streusel has the desired consistency. I like my crumb topping coarser with bigger crumbs and not too sandy.

Health Benefits of Eating Apples

1. Protects your heart

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bowl

Multiple studies show apples are good for your ticker-in multiple ways. Their high fiber content has been shown to help improve cholesterol levels (lowering bad LDL cholesterol and increasing good HDL cholesterol). A new small clinical trial found subjects who ate 2 apples a day for 8 weeks had significantly lower LDL cholesterol levels than those who didn’t eat the fruit. The researchers cite apples’ fiber, but also polyphenols—you benefit from whole fruit’s nutrients working together.

A review of data published by Florida State University also found that people who ate whole fruits-including apples-were less likely to develop high blood pressure. And the Women’s Health Study showed that women who ate apples over the seven-year study period had up to a 22 percent reduced risk of heart disease. Finally, a Dutch study found that eating apples and pears was associated with a 52 percent lower risk of stroke-thanks to their high fiber and a flavonoid called quercetin.

2. Boosts brain health

A group of four large studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in 2017 adds to the evidence that eating a plant-based diet may help prevent dementia. In one of the studies, Swedish researchers following 2,000 people for six years found that those who stuck to a diet called the Nordic Prudent Dietary Pattern (NPDP) had better cognitive function than people who ate more fatty, processed foods. Among other things, the NPDP calls for eating plenty of non-root vegetables, plus pears, peaches and-you guessed it-apples.

In another of the studies, healthy older adults who followed either the Mediterranean or MIND diet, both of which stress eating fresh fruits and vegetables, lowered their risk of dementia by 30 to 35 percent. The longer they followed the diet, the better their cognitive function. Experts point out that more research is needed, but the results look promising.

3. May help you lose weight

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One medium apple can help fill you up for under 100 calories, so it’s no surprise that apples can help with weight loss. Turns out it’s what form of apple you eat that counts. In one study, people who ate apple slices before a meal felt fuller and more satisfied than people who had applesauce, apple juice or no apples at all. The same study also found that starting a meal with apple slices helped people eat an average of 200 fewer calories compared to those who skipped the apple slices.

What kind of apple you eat may make a difference, too. One intriguing animal study published in Food Chemistry suggests that Granny Smith apples have fewer carbs and more non-digestible compounds, including feel-full fiber-compared to McIntosh, Golden Delicious and other common varieties. The compounds also help feed healthy gut bacteria, potentially lowering the risk of some obesity-related problems. Prebiotics in apples feed good gut bacteria: a recent lab study looked specifically at how we digest the nutrients in whole skin-on apples and found an increase in Bifidobacteria, beneficial members of our microbiome.

4. Lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes

The numbers speak for themselves. In an extensive review of studies, Tufts researchers noted a strong association of apple eating with diabetes prevention, finding that people who ate one or more apples a day had up to a 23% lower risk of type 2 diabetes than non-apple eaters. In another study of more than 38,000 healthy women, those who ate one or more apples a day had a 28 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than the non-apple eaters.

And in a review of data from more than 187,000 people involved in three long-term studies, Harvard researchers found that people who ate at least two servings a week of blueberries, grapes and, yup, apples lowered their diabetes risk by 23 percent, compared to people who had one serving or less a month. Experts say the fruit’s fiber helps stabilize blood sugar. Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, also play an important role.

5. Fights cancer

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Apples’ cancer-fighting antioxidant activity is nearly tops among fruits (second only to cranberries). Eating an apple a day (or more) is linked with lower risk of several cancers, including colorectal, breast and prostate. In fact, an analysis of several Italian studies found that eating one or more servings of apples a day helped lower the risk of colorectal cancer more than eating any other fruit. Other studies in humans have found that eating apples can be helpful in preventing lung and prostate cancer. Don’t toss the peel, though, that’s where most of the cancer-fighting antioxidants are found.

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