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Apple Crumb Pie


This Apple Crumb Pie is one of my favorite pies. This single crust pie is topped with a crumbly buttery mixture that ads flavor to every bite. For busy holidays I recommend making the filling ahead of time and then baking the pie the day of! Easy, delicious and a crowd pleaser!

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Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie


When it comes to Apple Pie, everyone has their favorite version.

For example, there is the classic double crust apple pie, French Apple Pie and Caramel Apple Pie.

Then you’ve got Swedish Apple Pie and Apple Crumb Pie and Skillet Apple Pie.

All similar and yet different in their own right.

This Apple Crumb Pie is one of my all time favorite versions.



Apple Crumb Pie



I first made this Apple Crumb Pie back in November of 2003.  

I had just gotten married and we were doing Thanksgiving with friends.  

Back then, Friendsgiving wasn’t a term, however it’s how all of our first holidays were enjoyed.

We didn’t live by either of our families and couldn’t afford to fly home every holiday.

Instead of doing something with just the two of us, we gathered together friends who also didn’t have family close by and all did Thanksgiving together.  

We divided up the tasks on who was making what and I choose pies and rolls.



Apple Crumb Pie



Rolls I knew would turn out great as I used my favorite family recipe.

The pies on the other hand were something I’d never made before.

I decided to whip up a classic Pecan Pie and Apple Crumb Pie.

The idea of a double crust scared me and so an Apple Crumb Pie sounded a little easier with only one crust to worry about.

The rolls turned out phenomenal and the Apple Crumb Pie stole the show and became an instant favorite.



Apple Crumb Pie



The pecan pie though was a big flop.

I hadn’t realized that you had to make the Pecan pie ahead of time and allow it to set.  

I thought hot Apple and Pecan Pie was a must and quickly learned my lesson about Pecan Pie.

Pecan pie is a big puddle of mush right out of the oven and requires time to cool and the center to set.

Alas, we all took one look at the mush of Pecan Pie and passed.

The Apple Crumb Pie though, became a yearly favorite.  



Apple Crumb Pie



Ever since that first Thanksgiving, this Apple Crumb Pie has made an appearance on our table.

Well, almost every year.

Twice I’ve opt to try a new pie on our dinner guests.

However, I still made this pie sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So it’s safe to say that every year since that first Thanksgiving I have enjoyed this Apple Crumb Pie – even if it’s not at Thanksgiving.

That first Friendsgiving was one of the best holidays we’ve had.



Apple Crumb Pie



None of us knew what we were doing and no one was there to judge one another.

We all used it as a learning opportunity and grew our cooking and baking skills one year at a time.

What I love most about this Apple Crumb Pie, is that I make the filling the day before and then toss it all together the day of.  

Yes you can make the pie the same day.

However the kitchen is always such a busy place on Thanksgiving.  



Apple Crumb Pie



So I’ve opted over the years to make the filling ahead of time so that I’m not quite so stressed on the big day!

By doing this, it makes creating a homemade from scratch pie a breeze!  

I have had a lot of good apple pies in my life.

This Apple Crumb Pie though as become my favorite.

So who invented the Apple Pie?

Apple Pie is a well known American dessert and is considered a comfort food.



Apple Crumb Pie



However we have the British, Dutch and Sweeds to thank for this delicious goodness!

We have the British to thank for apple trees.

They brought seeds and planted the first non crab apple trees in America. 

After planting and waiting a few years for apples to develop and grow, the Colonies were taught how to make an apple pie.  

Over time, apple varieties have been added and apple pies have transformed into what we know today.



Apple Crumb Pie



Though a double crust apple pie is the traditional pie, all varieties are welcome here in America.

As with many things “American” we have other countries to thank for introducing us!

Apple Pie is an American tradition that we hold dear to our hearts and you can almost always find it on a Thanksgiving table!

For the crust, I go with our Flaky Butter Pie Crust and make that the day before as well!  

Or if you are short on time, use a frozen crust, no judging going on here!

The next time you are making a pie for a dinner or event, give this Apple Crumb Pie a try!


Yield: 1 pie


This Apple Crumb Pie is one of my favorite pies. This single crust pie is topped with a crumbly buttery mixture that ads flavor to every bite. For busy holidays I recommend making the filling ahead of time and then baking the pie the day of! Easy, delicious and a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  1. If using crust the same day, roll out and prepare a deep dish pie pan.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss apples and lemon juice together to prevent apples from browning.
  4. In a heavy large DEEP skillet or dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  5. Stir in sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Add apples to sugar mixture.
  7. Sauté until coated with cinnamon butter and tender, about 20 minutes. This is the time to get the apples to the perfect consistency. If you like your apples slightly crisp in your pie, then cook them to your preferred crispness. If you like tender apples, cook them longer until limp and tender. Right now is the time to cook them to the EXACT consistency you want.
  8. Whisk water and cornstarch in small bowl. Add to apples.
  9. Bring apple mixture to boil, stirring constantly. Apple mixture should thicken.
  10. Remove skillet from hot burner and mix in applesauce.
  11. Allow apples cool for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 - 15 minutes. {If doing the mixture the day before, place in a bowl with a lid and refrigerate overnight until ready to use.}
  12. When ready to bake, pour apple mixture into a prepared deep dish pie plate.


Nutritional Information is estimated, not exact.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192 Total Fat: 3.7g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 26mg Carbohydrates: 43.5g Fiber: 6.2g Sugar: 33.9g Protein: 0.7g

Crumb Topping for Apple Pie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Using a pasty blender or fingertips, combine all ingredients in bowl until moist clumps form. You want the filling to resemble small peas.
  3. Place filling in crust
  4. Heavily sprinkle crumb topping over apples. Try to get as much of the crumb topping onto the apples. Bake 40 minutes or until topping is golden.
  5. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream or let cool and serve room temperature with vanilla ice cream.


Nutritional Information estimated, not exact.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163 Total Fat: 7.8g Saturated Fat: 4.9g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 122mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 15.1g Protein: 1.2g

Recipe Adapted from Epicurious


Originally Posted: December 19, 2014

Photos & Text Updated: November 20, 2018


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