Apple Crumb Pie

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Apple Crumb Pie – Made with fresh apples and a scrumptious brown sugar crumble topping, apple crumb pie is a delicious dessert. This is my family’s favorite apple pie recipe!

slice of apple pie with whipped cream on a white pioneer woman plate

Apple Crumb Pie is one dessert I make every year about this time and serve it with a scoop of ice cream.

While it tastes good any time of year, there’s something about going to the orchard, picking up a box of seconds, and making all the apple recipes, including this pie, when the air is just getting crisp outside.

I remember as a kid, my neighbors had apple trees. In fact, their yard was pretty much an orchard.

Between their kids and all the neighbor kids, it was a wonder they had any apples left because we’d gorge ourselves on apples when given the chance, sometimes even when they were green as green can be.

But man, those apples were good. There is nothing quite like the flavor of a fresh apple straight from the tree. Store bought just can’t compare.

And when it comes to pie, there’s something about using the freshest apple you can possibly find. It adds so much more flavor into the pie than the average apple from the store.

whole apple crumb pie in ceramic pie plate

One of the best parts of making an apple crumb pie is the fact that you don’t have to add a top crust. While a top crust isn’t necessarily hard, the crumb topping is easier and quicker.

And if you’re a beginner pie baker, this is definitely a great pie to start with on your pie making journey.

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If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious apple crumb pie recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR PIE?

Personally, I love making pie with Jonathan apples or Jonagold apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp.

Some of the best apples for pie include:

  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Braeburn
  • and Northern Spy – According to Bob’s Red Mill, this is a rare apple and hard to find; but if you love your apple pie, it’s definitely one you may want to hunt down.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE BEST APPLES FOR APPLE PIE?

Fall is a great time to find the best apples for pie, but you can use any apples you can find, whether you’re shopping at an orchard, a farmer’s market, or the store.

However, in the fall, you can usually buy seconds at just about any orchard (and sometimes at the farmer’s market). Meaning you can buy a HUGE box of apples for a lot less than normal cost, which is going to save you a ton of money.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRUMB PIE

You’ll need a single pie crust for this pie, so first things first, make a pie crust and stick it in the fridge to chill while you’re creating the filling.

  • Wash, core, peel, and thinly slice the apples, adding them to a large mixing bowl. An apple peeler makes this process so much easier and quicker too.
  • Melt the butter, and mix it into the prepared apples.
  • Then add the sour cream, pure cane sugar, brown sugar, flour, spices, and lemon juice. Mix together well.
  • Take your pie crust out of the fridge, and pour your apple mixture into the pie shell.
  • Now for the crumb topping… Mix together the flour, brown sugar, pure cane sugar, and sliced butter with a pastry blender. It will form into a nice crumbly mixture.
apple crumb pie with half the crumb topping on top and sliced apples on one side
  • Top off your pie with the crumble topping, making sure you crumble it all up around the edge, as well.
  • Place your pie plate on a baking sheet (a cookie sheet works just fine), and bake at 375° for about an hour, possibly a little longer depending on whether or not your crust is done. You want the crumb topping to turn a nice golden brown. And as I’ve recommended before, you can use a pie shield to keep your crust from getting too brown around the edges.
  • Once the pie is done, take it out of the oven, and allow it to cool.
  • While you’re waiting, you can even mix up a quick batch of whipped cream to top off your pie. Better yet, serve it with a scoop of old fashioned vanilla ice cream. Yum!
up close slice of apple crumb pie with whipped cream on top

IF YOU LOVE THIS APPLE PIE RECIPE, TRY SOME OF OUR OTHER PIE FAVORITES:

Classic Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Caramel Custard Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Strawberry Cream Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

The Best Peach Cobbler Ever

Blueberry Cobbler

Find more holiday dessert recipes on my list of Best Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Holiday Menu.

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE APPLE CRUMB PIE:

Pastry Blender I love my simple pastry blender. The mixture doesn’t get stuck in it like it does the bigger pastry blenders.

Apple Peeler – Making apple pie, apple bundt cakeapple butter, apple juice, applesauce, and all things apple will never be the same tedious task with this tool. It makes the process so much quicker and easier.

Paring Knife Another necessary tool for peeling, slicing, and cutting out bad spots.

Rolling Pin This is a necessary tool if you’re making pies.

Glass Pie Plates – This pie plate is my old faithful pie plate. I’ve had it forever, probably since we got married. Mine actually has the fluted edge sorta built in too, so you can press it in and get somewhat of a decorative edge without a lot of handiwork on your part.

Adjustable Pie Shield – Protects your pie crust from burning.

Baking Sheet You can put your pie plate on this to catch any possible drips while baking.

above an apple pie with a slice of apple crumb pie on white pioneer woman plate

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APPLE CRUMB PIE RECIPE

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Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie, made with fresh apples and a scrumptious brown sugar crumble topping, a delicious dessert. My family’s favorite apple pie recipe!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dessert, Pie
Keyword apple crumb pie, apple pie, pie recipe
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 265 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Apple Pie Filling:

Crumb Topping:

Instructions

  1. Follow the instructions for a single pie crust and have it ready to go beforehand.

  2. Pre-heat your oven to 375°.

  3. Wash, core, peel, and thinly slice the apples*, adding them to a large mixing bowl.

  4. Melt the butter, and mix it into the prepared apples.

  5. Then add the sour cream, pure cane sugar, brown sugar, flour, spices, and lemon juice. Mix together well.

  6. Take your pie crust out of the fridge, and pour your apple pie filling into the pie shell.

  7. Now for the crumb topping… Mix together the flour, brown sugar, pure cane sugar, and sliced butter with a pastry blender. It will form into a nice crumbly mixture.

  8. Top off your pie with the crumble topping, making sure you crumble it all up around the edge, as well.
  9. Place your pie plate on a baking sheet, and bake at 375° for about an hour, possibly a little longer depending on whether or not your crust is done. You want the crumb topping to turn a nice golden brown. And as I’ve recommended before, you can use a pie shield to keep your crust from getting too brown around the edges.

  10. Once the pie is done, take it out of the oven, and allow it to cool.
  11. You can serve it, topped with a bit of whipped cream for a delicious treat. Better yet, serve it with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*An easy way to prep the apples is to use an apple peeler. It just makes the process so much quicker and easier.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Crumb Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 83mg 3%
Potassium 126mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 35g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Vitamin C 6.1%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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