I have never made a pie crust. And before this past weekend, I had never attempted any kind of pie. This might come from the fact that my mom always said how hard pie crusts were to make and so she rarely made them. It is also because I have realized I only like her pie crusts and not nice flaky ones, so making one myself seemed like a silly pursuit. And also, pie weights? Too much work!
When I saw David Lebovitz’s recipe for honey pie last week, with a pretzel crust, I decided that it was time to change! I could make pie! And avoid pie crusts entirely! And so I set out to make a honey pie for a dinner with friends.
Once I got the pretzel pie crust in the oven, baking, I reviewed the rest of the ingredients and realized I was missing a few key things (not the honey!) and I would either have to go to the grocery store or make something new. Taking a quick look in my fridge (and scouring a ton of recipes online) I decided to try an apple pie. And because I had not yet started a traditional pie crust, I thought I would try apple crisp topping on top.
The result was amazing! My husband (and ultimate taste-tester) raved about it so much that I made another one for my mom’s birthday the next day. Now we have a ton of apple crumble pie in the fridge (warning: it is very filling!). But I don’t think anyone minds.
Apple Crumble Pie
What you need for the crust:
- 1 1/4 cups finely ground pretzels
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 6 Tbsp melted butter
What you need for the pie:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 6 apples (I used 3 MacIntosh and 3 Granny Smith)
What you need for the topping:
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 cup oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted butter
What to do:
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Make the crust: Mix all the crust ingredients in a bowl and press into a greased pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes or so.
- Make the filling: Stir the sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl. Peel, core and slice the apples. Toss them with the sugar mixture. When the crust comes out of the oven, pour the apple mixture in and spread it out.
- Make the topping: Stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then stir in the butter. Spread this over the top of the apples.
- Bake the pie for 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden.
- Once pie is ready, let sit while you eat dinner to give it a chance to cool slightly.
- Serve with ice cream!