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Oct 12, 2008 08:08 AM

Apple Pie Question

I’m going apple picking today, and I know I’ll end up with tons of apples. I’m planning on buying some pie crusts (regular and whole wheat) to make apple pies. Can I use a crumb topping on top instead of another crust?

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  1. You certainly can; I do it all the time with apple, peach, and cherry pies. Cuts some fat and adds another textural dimension.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      Thanks! What's in your crumb topping recipe? Mine is flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a drop of oil (to make it crunchy.. I learned that from my grandma)

    2. apple crumb pie is the best way to eat this perfect dish.

      1. It even has a name: Dutch Apple Pie. If you don't want to bother with pie crust at all, you can make apple crisp -- here's my favorite recipe:

        I use brown sugar in with the apples; you can make it in a 9x13 if you multiply it by 1.5.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          This is not a correction, but a question. From eastern Pennsylvania, and always had dutch apple pie, as apple with raisins and a top crust with white danish pastry style icing on it. Are they both correct?

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            I always thought of the pie you describe as a French Apple Pie.

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                Don't be sorry! I went apple picking yesterday at an orchard (Blue Jay in Bethel, CT) got some terrific Cortlands, and now you have inspired me to make a French Apple Pie.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    I do have a recipe to share. I made it last night, and it came out good. I used my mother-in-law's pie crust recipe which I published in detail, with a link to a slideshow in an old thread called Apple Pie 101. If anyone wants the link let me know.

                    I should also mention I make French Apple Pie with an orange icing, which is not traditional. Other recipes call for vanilla icing.

                    FRENCH APPLE PIE

                    Pie crust dough for 2-crust, 9-inch pie
                    2/3 cup sugar
                    2 tablespoons flour
                    1/8 teaspoon salt
                    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                    6 cups sliced peeled tart apples (I like Cortlands, can also use Granny Smith)
                    1/2 cup seedless raisins
                    2 tablespoons orange juice (from fresh orange)
                    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

                    Orange Frosting:

                    1 cup confectioner's sugar
                    3 tablespoons strained orange juice
                    1 teaspoon grated orange peel


                    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
                    2. Combine sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon in a small ball. Mix with apples and raisins in a large bowl.
                    3. Place filling in pie-crust lined 9 inch pie pan.
                    4. Sprinkle with orange juice and dot with butter.
                    5. Adjust top crust, flute edges; cut vents.
                    6. Bake in 400 degree oven about 40 minutes or until crust is browned and apples are tender.
                    7. Remove from oven.
                    8. Make orange frosting by combining confectioner's sugar, orange juice and orange peel.
                    9. Spread frosting over pie while it is still warm.

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            Thanks for the crisp receipe - had gone apple picking on sunday and came across this thread, made the crisp last night and it was out of this world!

            Looking forward to making some pie tonight

            1. re: metfan630

              Isn't it great? And so easy! I've made it with all kinds of fruit, including pears, peaches, nectarines, sometimes with mixed with berries.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                I made my first (!) apple crisp the other night and it turned out great--so easy! Combined with a simple sugarless pat-in crust and it was a hit at the party.

                Will definitely try with other fruit as you've suggested.

          3. That's exactly what I have in the oven right now, after apple-picking yesterday. :-) I used the streusel topping recipe from Cook's Illustrated Dutch Apple Pie recipe, which consists of flour, white sugar, brown sugar and a bit of cornmeal, with melted butter mixed in with a fork. It's smelling mighty delicious. Enjoy your pie!

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            1. re: kpzoo

              Thanks! I made three pies with regular crusts and the struesel topping from Everyday Food. (From the plum coffee cake recipe). Theyr're baking now and they smell awesome!

              Enjoy your pie as well!

            2. mmmm, all of your pies sound delicious. i just wanted to add that you can add some ground flax seed to any crumb topping recipe. your yummy dessert is now packed with nutrition! (my excuse for enjoying leftovers for breakfast) :)

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              1. re: soupkitten

                ooo, i'm going to try that next time. i bought organic unsweetened flaked coconut and pomegranate granola today from Fairway today, so i'm going to make one pies with one of those in the crumb topping.