Crumb Topped Apple Pie Recipe
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Crumb Topped Apple Pie Recipe

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This pie is absolutely delicious! If you’re a beginner, use a store-bought pie crust to get a head start. You’ll still get a bushel of compliments. —Virginia Olson, West Des Moines, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 5 large tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 443 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in the shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges.
  3. For filling, place apples in crust. Combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.
  4. For topping, combine flour and sugar in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 50-60 minutes or until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Crumb Topped Apple Pie in Taste of Home October 2011, p39

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Judykjohnson 242941
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"This pie is so good! I add an extra tablespoon of butter to the topping, otherwise follow the recipe exactly. Thank you for sharing this delicious apple pie recipe."

KittieCatt 242509
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"This pie was very delicious, and was also pretty easy to prepare. We love pies with a crumb topping, so we loved this one! I did however, cut down a bit on the flour, since I used Granny Smith apples (which don't release a lot of juice). I added a sprinkle of nutmeg, and also a few grains of salt into the apple mixture (because that's what my mom always did, and her pies were incredible!)"

Lynnemd1 235641
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"Made this yesterday. Absolutely delicious. Wonderful to try a five star recipe that lives up to five stars. A great addition to my file."

SammiRae 234106
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"I love how easy this is to make and how delicious it comes out! Well, I guess I shouldn't say it's easy because I bought pie crusts.. :P But I have to eat gluten-free so I used gluten-free pie crust and gluten-free all-purpose flour. Works beautifully, tastes so good. I've made two in the past week or so and a third is in the oven right now for my boyfriend's mom and family. The first two I used Michigan macintosh apples, the third is with Michigan honeycrisp apples and it smells great baking. I also mixed about 2 tbsp of butter with the apple slices before putting them in the crust. Thanks for the awesome recipe! (I joined just so I could comment on this :)"

NanZim 233753
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"I have made this pie for our annual Labor Day barbecue. It is always the first dessert to go so I make 2 pies."

SKelm 233525
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I've been making this apple pie for years now and it is the BEST!!"

Villette 231551
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2015

"Delicious! My best girl friend, who is a dessert connoisseuse called this pie "blue ribbon." Used Granny Smith apples."

tsuop 223241
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"I first tried this pie when I saw it in a TOH magazine ( I forget the year) I've made every time I want a 1 crust pie, it is the best 1 crust apple pie ever. However I still prefer MY 2 crust when I want a 2 crust.

p. s. Mrs. Olson's story is amazing. Thank you Mrs. Olson."

crankbait09 215398
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"I make baked goods for work all the time. A girl at worked requested an apple pie for her birthday. So I decided to go with this one. I got 3 thumbs up, if that's even possible :). So after she raved about it, along with her family, I decided to make one for myself around Turkey Day. Needless to say, it certainly didnt last long :(. This had to be the best apple pie I have ever had. Will be making it for the Christmas holiday as well.

I highly recommend!!!"

MY REVIEW 214135
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"A little too tart for our taste but I would definitely make again in a heartbeat using Golden Delicious or a less tart apple. We also used a pre-made shell to save time and it turned out just great. Other than the type of apple, it was very good. Will stay in our collection for sure."

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