Can you stand one more apple recipe? If you are like me you may still have a few apples around from the fall bounty. I made this Apple Crumb Pie a few weeks back and it reminded me of how much I like the simplicity of making a crumb topping pie! It also reminded me that I don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in the kitchen. There is a reason apple pie is an all-American favorite dessert through generations of cooks.
My sous-chef dish-washing mom was just getting back to speed after 16 rounds of radiation treatment and the pie seemed to be just the right comfort food for her.
I adore caramel pared with apple and so after preparing the pie according to the I found at allrecipes.com I drizzle a good bit of caramel ice cream topping before adding the crumb topping. The caramel added the nostalgic taste of caramel apple that I was looking for.
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- 1 Pie shell (9")
- 6 cups thinly sliced granny smith apples
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup raisins (optional, but very good!)
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional, but also very good!)
- ¼ cup caramel topping (optional for drizzle)
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Prepare pastry shell into pie plate, fluting edges, if desired.
- Place sliced apples in a large bowl sprinkle with lemon juice.
- In a small bowl, mix together white sugar, 2 Tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated.
- Stir in walnuts and raisins. Spoon mixture into prepared pastry shell.
- Drizzle with caramel topping.
- In a small bowl mix remaining ½ cup flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apple filling. Cover top loosely with aluminum foil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake and additional 25 minutes, until top is golden brown. Apples should be done but not squishy.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Serve with ice cream, if desired.
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com by Jackie Smith