Monday, September 7, 2009

Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie
See that caramelized edge? Think apples swimming in caramel under that crumb topping. Let's get cooking, kids!


Here are your basic ingredients. Nothing out of the ordinary, right?

Ingredients:
1 store-bought pie crust, defrosted (See the NOTES below)
4-5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (chunky - not paper-thin)
1/3 C white sugar
2/3 C brown sugar, divided
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp cinnamon (divided)
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp nutmeg (divided)
2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 C + 1 Tbs all-purpose flour
2/3 C oatmeal
1 stick butter, softened


Directions:
1. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Simplest way to peel, core, and slice an apple: cut that sucker into fourth, slam your knife diagonally at the core to get it out, peel the remaining goodness, and slice, slice, slice. Is there undoubtedly going to be some wastage? Yeah. Will you be spending your entire day peeling and coring? Nope.

2. Combine the sliced apples with 1/3 C sugar, 1/3 C brown sugar, 1 Tbs flour, and 1/4 tsp EACH cinnamon and nutmeg. See that glossy sheen on the bowl? The apples are macerating in the sugars and beginning to create what will mimic some creamy caramel in the pie.




3. Let the apples sit while you go to work on the crumb topping.

4. If you're feeling like the kid needs to be put to work, let him mix the apples a little.

5. Prepare the crumb topping by combining 2/3 C oatmeal, 1/3 C AP flour, 1/8 tsp EACH cinnamon and nutmeg, and 1 stick of softened butter. Some people use a fork or pastry blender. At this point, I toss all utensils aside and mix everything with my sausage-like fingers. You should too; even if you don't have sausage-like fingers.


6. See? A few minutes of crumbling, and this is what you'll see in your stainless steel bowl as well!

7. Add the apples to the defrosted crust, top with the crumb topping, pressing it down a bit into the apples, and bake for 50-60 minutes.





Full recipe without the shots:

Apple Crumb Pie

Ingredients:
1 store-bought pie crust, defrosted (See the NOTES below)
4-5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (chunky - not paper-thin)
1/3 C white sugar
2/3 C brown sugar, divided
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp cinnamon (divided)
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp nutmeg (divided)
2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 C + 1 Tbs all-purpose flour
2/3 C oatmeal
1 stick butter, softened
Directions:
1. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Simplest way to peel, core, and slice an apple: cut that sucker into fourth, slam your knife diagonally at the core to get it out, peel the remaining goodness, and slice, slice, slice. Is there undoubtedly going to be some wastage? Yeah. Will you be spending your entire day peeling and coring? Nope.

2. Combine the sliced apples with 1/3 C sugar, 1/3 C brown sugar, 1 Tbs flour, and 1/4 tsp EACH cinnamon and nutmeg. The apples will macerate in the sugars, beginning to create what will mimic some creamy caramel in the pie.

3. Let the apples sit while you go to work on the crumb topping.

4. Prepare the crumb topping by combining 2/3 C oatmeal, 1/3 C AP flour, 1/8 tsp EACH cinnamon and nutmeg, and 1 stick of softened butter. Some people use a fork or pastry blender. At this point, I toss all utensils aside and mix everything with my sausage-like fingers. You should too; even if you don't have sausage-like fingers.

5. Add the apples to the defrosted crust, top with the crumb topping, pressing it down a bit into the apples, and bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.


Notes:
Crust: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know some purists out there won't like that I appear to be advocating for store-bought crust, however, when it means saving some times and/or presenting a recipe that will cause more people to MAKE their own pies than BUY their own pies, I'm ok with this. I do have a pretty good crust recipe you can easily make using some basic ingredients that are thrown into a Tupperware container and mixed by shaking the holy hell out of the container. I'll post it another time. If you're feeling all sorts of Pie Militant, feel free to make your own crust, my brothers and sisters!

Apples
: I have made a myriad of apple pies using various apples, but I almost always come home to the Granny Smith when making a pie for someone else. I also do not slice the apples paper-thin because they tend to just disappear as they bake. I like a good chunky apple in my pie.

Butter:
I have made this very same recipe using Smart Balance with very good results.

Brown sugar:
I PACK it for the crumb topping but merely spoon it loosely when adding it to the apples. You can certainly play with the sugar amounts. I tend to just throw the sugar in when baking pies. When I made this most recent one, I forced myself to measure everything - which just goes against my nature when cooking anything other than bread.

Variations:
I made this same pie last week using peaches rather than apples.

Add chopped walnuts and golden raisins to the apple mixture to create a more rustic pie.

Serve the pie warm with some aged cheddar that's come to room temperature.

Whipped cream? If you must, please make your own. Please? I beg of you.
Feedback:
My Pack Mule and Butter loved the peach one I made last week. This very pie you see here was brought to a friend's house. While I didn't taste it, people said it was delicious goodness.

5 comments:

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

i used to make these all the time and haven't made one in years..looks really good.
i just made chocolate/peanut butter brownies..very easy and turned out really good..gave 1/2 to jenny at $general and she was skipping she was so happy..babs gets the rest..i ate one small piece to test (dont want to poison anyone) and it was pretty fecking good...will send the recipe..it's
a chocolate cake mix a chocolate instant pudding, 1/2 cup milk 1 stick butter melted.. oh hell..i'll send it to you..ha

Jen said...

Oh Amy - I so want to run to the kitchen and throw one of these together now! Except that we have ice cream cooling, and I'm waiting on that. The pie will have to be another day.

Love, love, love reading your stuff!!

Il Duche said...

Jac - send me that damn recipe! I will make and post it!

Jen - so glad you like the place. My goal is to add one or two recipes a week until things even out in the new school year. I made a killer Asian slaw with grilled chicken the other night. I'm working out measurements since I never measure. As soon as I get things done, I'll post that sucker. Even my husband was throwing down the veggies that night!

amber said...

YUMMY! I just made my first pie a few months ago and as much as making homemade crust scared the crap out of me, it wasn't too bad. :) I think apple should definitely be the next pie I make.

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.