Friday, October 12, 2012

Apple crisp pie


Apple pie is one the the quintessential desserts (and baking smells) of fall. I love a good apple pie. Since we have a bushel of apples to use from apple picking, I had the perfect excuse to make one. While I love a classic apple pie with a double crust, I do really enjoy a crumb top. Last year I made an apple crumb tart - regular crust with a crumb top. This time I found a recipe at Taste of Home that used the same crumb topping for the crust - pretty genius if you ask me. No chilling or rolling of a crust! I had to give it a try! I adjusted the filling a lot because it seemed pretty bland to me (an apple pie with no cinnamon? I don't think so). This easy press-in pie crust that doubles as a topping is such an easy way to make a pie and really cuts the time down. It reminds me a lot of apple crisp and I think it would work well with so many other fruit pies as well.


Apple crisp pie
topping/crust:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

filling:
4 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (good cooking apples like Crispin, Granny Smith, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup cold water
3 tablespoons cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix together the topping/crust ingredients until well-combined. Set aside. 

Toss together the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a large bowl. In a medium/large saucepan, whisk together the sugar, water, and cornstarch over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until thickened and then stir the apples into the cornstarch/sugar mixture until combined. 

Reserve one cup of the topping/crust mixture. Press the remaining mixture into a 9-inch pie pan, trying to get an even layer along the bottom and the edges. Pour the filling into the pie pan and spread it evenly. Top with the reserved cup of topping. Sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon.

Bake until the filling begins to bubble and the topping is golden, about 35-40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Cut and serve. 


What was I cooking one year ago?: chipotle sweet potato soup
Two years ago?: spaghetti squash gratin

22 comments:

  1. What a delicious crisp topping! Fantastic pie!

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  2. Mmmmm, this sounds wonderful! And I love that you added some spices in - i agree that cinnamon + nutmeg are a must!

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  3. OMG this looks absolutely mouthwatering!

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  4. I am definitely making these - they sound so good!

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  5. Dear Amy, A beautiful and perfect pie for the season. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  6. Hi Amy, I must agree. Delicious! And perfect timing too because I'm about to go the grocery store. Add this to the list! Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful end to your weekend!

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  7. I wish I had a slice of this right now! Sounds like the perfect fall dessert!

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  8. Mmmm my favorite is the crumb top! What a beautiful and delicious sight!

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  9. What a swell idea! I think I'm lining this up for my Fall baking schedule! This looks like something they serve in a nice inn or B & B, either with tea in the afternoon or ice cream for dessert! YUM!

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  10. What a warm and comforting thing that I could see myself cuddling up to by a fire. Love this!!

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  11. Personally, I like this better than a traditional apple pie because you get that textural variation with the crisp topping. I could use a nice warm slice right now...with ice cream!

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  12. I love how you get the best of both apple dessert worlds with this!! Pie AND crisp all in one. Can't go wrong!

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  13. You are making me change my plans and run to an orchard. I adore apple crisp - so easy. Love, love apple pie. I am so there with your topping and welcoming photos.

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  14. Yum! I wish I had a slice with my coffee right now.

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  15. my favorite part of a crisp is all that crunchy streusel, and my least favorite part of a pie is the pastry crust, so this is win-win in my book!

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  16. Oh my goodness this looks great! Apple crisp is one of my all time favorite desserts.

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  17. Apples always smell so wonderful when baking. I bet your house smelled fantastic.
    Sam

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  18. This is like my two favorite desserts in one!

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  19. Apple pie with crumb topping is the best, I could never turn down a piece of this pie!

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  20. Fall is all about apples. This crumble looks perfect for the season. The crunchy crumble on top just makes me drool!

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  21. I love crumble-topped apple pie so I know I'd be crazy about this too! I am really loving apples right now!

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