Apple Crumb Pie Recipe

Easy as Pie

When it comes to pie, the possibilities are endless. From a sweet dessert enjoyed à la mode to a savory main dish served for dinner, no matter how you slice it, there’s a pie recipe to suit the occasion. We asked six locals to share their go-to recipes when they’re craving a slice of homemade comfort. Making these delicious recipes is easy as pie!

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“Apple pie is such a staple in many families. What we enjoy about my apple pie is its flavor. Using a tart apple, like a Granny Smith, gives the pie a slightly tangy flavor, in addition to the sweet and warm cinnamon in every bite. This pie is set apart from simpler recipes because of the crunchy, nutty, and buttery topping that is baked on top. This amazing family tradition can create a fight for the last slice! If you want to impress your guests, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a richer, divine experience.” –Renita Johnson

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Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie

Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


For the crumb topping:

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¾ stick butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the filling and crust:

  • 4-5 medium apples (tart apples work best)
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 splash of lemon juice
  • 1 ¼ cup water (divided)
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 prepared pie crust


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Prepare crumb topping by mixing brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until mixture crumbles. Keep cold until ready to use.
  • Thinly slice four medium apples – I love Granny Smith.
  • In a medium pot, add apples, crushed pineapple, sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and one cup water. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, add cornstarch and remaining water. Mix and pour slowly into boiling filling. Stir until thickened.
  • Add vanilla and pour filling in pie crust. Add crumb topping on top of filling.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream on top.
Keyword apple, apple pie, pie recipe, pineapple

Renita Johnson holding a slice of Apple Crumb Pie

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