Perfect Apple Crumb Pie
Quick Apple Crisp Pie

This tasty apple crumb pie consists of a quick and easy apple crisp recipe baked in a pie shell. Fresh apples are sliced directly into a ready-made pie crust and covered with a crumb topping.

Baked apple crumb pie.

When I recently came across this recipe for apple pie with crumb topping I just had to bake one up. I had saved this recipe for crumb top apple pie from a cooking class I took in high school.

Eating it brought back memories of the day we made it in class. Of all the recipes we prepared that year, this apple crisp dessert recipe was everybody's favorite! We kids were so proud of ourselves when it turned out great.

The paper I originally wrote it on has faded. Posting it here will preserve this perfect apple crumb pie recipe for posterity.

Two things make this pie quicker and easier to prepare than most others:

  • I made it using a ready-to-fill 9 inch Pillsbury pie crust. The kind that is already rolled out and in the tin.

  • The fresh apples are sliced directly into the crust. You don't need to mix them with sugar or spices in a bowl first.

    This means that only the small bowl that the apple crisp topping recipe is mixed in gets dirty. The pie also ends up in the oven sooner than if you had to make or roll out a pie crust and mix the filling in a bowl before piling it in.

  • Ingredients

  • 1 Pillsbury ready-to-use pie crust. If you don't have one, it is quicker to make your own than to go to the store. My favorite homemade pie crust recipe is right here.
  • 5 or 6 baking apples. I used Rome but Courtland, McIntosh, Granny Smith, or whichever baking apple you can get your hands on will work just as well.
  • Crumb Topping for Apple Pie

  • 1/2 Cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • Directions

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

    Peel, core and slice the apples thinly. Slice them directly into the pie crust. Fill the pie shell completely, mounding the apples up a bit in the center. As long as the apple slices are not falling off, you're good.

    Sliced apples in the unbaked crust of an apple crumb pie. Fresh Apple Pie Tip: If your apples do not cook all the way through by the time the crust is golden and the topping bubbly, the slices were too thick. If they turn to mush, they were too thin. This applies to two crust apple pies as well as crumb topping apple pie.

    1. Mix up the ingredients for the easy apple crisp topping in a small mixing bowl and cut the soft butter in with a fork until the mixture crumbs.

    2. Pat the crumb topping onto the pie until the apples are covered.

    3. Place the apple crumb pie on a cookie sheet and bake it in the center of the oven until the crust is golden and the topping is bubbly.

    4. Let it cool. Cut it into 6 slices. Top this apple crisp with crunchy topping with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a yummy autumn dessert.

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