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Crumb Topped Apple Pie

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


  • 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


  • 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. Refrigerate for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 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.
  • For filling, place apples in crust. Combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 443 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • lee1briggs
    Apr 2, 2020

    No comment left

  • herrmama
    Nov 27, 2019

    This pie is excellent! I’ve made it at least a dozen times using a Pillsbury crust and following everything else exactly as written. I always get compliments and requests for the recipe. Although I’m an experienced baker, I always give credit to this fantastic recipe!

  • suz54
    Sep 30, 2019

    Everyone just loved this pie topped with ice cream. Delicious! Has anyone ever made this pie before hand and frozen?

  • justmbeth
    Aug 28, 2019

    This was my first attempt at a crumb topped pie and I was pleased with the results. I do like my apple pies a bit more sweet so I may up the sugar in the filling next time.

  • muffbear74
    Apr 1, 2019

    NOt my favorite crust recipe, but otherwise very good.

  • dylan's mama
    Dec 24, 2018

    Best pie out there. I love to add a few raspberries for color, or cranberries at Christmastime. This is the only apple pie I make now.

  • GStaelens
    Oct 25, 2016

    Quick and easy!

  • Judykjohnson
    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
    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
    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.