Saturday, November 19, 2011

Crumb Topped Apple Pie

This is a recipe copied from Taste of Home Magazine. It came from a lady named Virginia Olsen who makes about 500 of these pies each holiday season! Luckily this recipe only makes one. It really was the best apple pie I ever had. Hope you enjoy it!

1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C shortening
1/4 C cold water

5-7 large tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced (I always think apple goods taste better when you mix a few varieties of apples together)
2/3 C sugar
5 tsp. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2/3 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C cold butter

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 at least 1 hour. This makes the crust much easier to handle.

2. Roll out crust to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Trim and flute the edges.

3. Combine all filling ingredients and transfer to the crust. I said 5-7 apples in the ingredients because it really depends on how high you want your pie to turn out. Remember that the apples will shrink considerably when you cook them, so I like to use more apples.

4. For topping combine flour and sugar in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 50-60 minutes longer or until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Make sure you have vanilla ice cream nearby!!

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