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Apple Pie With Crumb Topping Recipe – How to Make it in 10 Simple Steps

Apple pie is one of the most popular flavors of pie. Our recipe for Apple Pie With Crumb Topping gives a new twist to an old-fashioned favorite. We leave out the traditional top crust of the pie and replace it with a crunchy, delicious crumb topping that you will love.

This is a fresh apple pie with crumb topping and apples on the side.

This pie is absolutely fantastic, with classic sliced apples topped with an oatmeal crumb topping. It is greatly sliced and served on its own, but we think that to really showcase this pie, you might want to top each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of walnuts or pecans. To help the apple pieces in the pie bake evenly, try to keep them of a consistent size, shape, and thickness.

We include instructions for making a pie crust from scratch. However, if you are too busy, or if you are intimidated by making a pie crust from scratch, feel free to substitute a pre-made pie crust that you can find in the grocery store’s dairy case. This will cut your preparation time in half since all you will need to do to make the pie will be to peel, cut, and slice the apples, and create the crumb topping for the pie.

This is a fresh apple pie with crumb topping and apples on the side.

Apple Pie With Crumb Topping Recipe

April Freeman
Apple pie is one of the most popular flavors of pie. With slices of apple smothered in cinnamon and sugar, who doesn’t love this wonderful kind of pie? Our recipe for Apple Pie with Crumb Topping eliminates the top crust of the pie and replaces it with a crunchy, delicious crumb topping. If you are looking for a new twist on an old favorite, this recipe is the one to try.
Prep Time 25 mins
Baking Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Slices


  • Medium-Sized Bowl
  • Fork
  • Pastry blender
  • Rolling Pin
  • 9 Inch Pie Pan
  • Wire Rack


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • You will begin by making the pie crust. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour, the sugar, and the salt with a fork. Add the shortening, cutting it into blobs that are basically about the size of a tablespoon. Use a pastry blender or a fork, cut the shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal in texture.
  • Holding back the ice cubes with your finger, drizzle about half of the water into the mixture. Use a fork to toss the dry ingredients with the water until it is fully mixed. Add some of the remaining water a couple of tablespoons at a time, stirring a bit after each addition. Once you’ve added enough water, the mixture will start to ball up and pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Don’t beat or pound the pie crust. Rough handling leads to a tough crust. When you reach this point, use your hands to gather up the mixture and press it together in a ball. Press the dough into a disk shape and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Using a rolling pin, gently roll the pie crust into a circle that is about 11 to 12 inches across. Gently fold this circle into quarters and set it into a nine-inch pie pan. Unfold the crust, pressing together any cracks with your fingertips, and pinch up a rim around the edge. You can make a decorative crust if you like. Set the crust aside as you create the pie filling.
  • Use a paper towel to wipe out the bowl that you used to make the pie crust. Peel, slice, and core your apples. Put the apples in the bowl and toss them gently with cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Put the apples into the prepared pie crust, pressing them down firmly.
    The crust and filling of the pie is assembled on the pie pan.
  • Now you can make the crumb topping. Use another paper towel to wipe out the bowl. Measure into the bowl the oatmeal, flour, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir these with a fork. Cut the butter into 10 or 12 pats. Put these into the bowl and use a pastry blender to mix the butter into the mixture until coarse crumbs form. Spoon this topping over the apples in an even layer.
    The dry ingredients of the crumb topping are mixed in one bowl with a pastry blender.
  • Put the apple pie into the preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. If the topping and pie crust begins to brown too much, cover it lightly with aluminum foil to protect it until it is fully baked.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack for about an hour. At this point, you can slice and serve the pie.
    A freshly-baked batch of apple pie with crumb filling.
  • Cover leftover pie tightly with aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.


Kitchen Tip: This pie can be created ahead of time and frozen for future use. Simply follow all instructions up until it is to be baked. Then, wrap the pie in a double layer of aluminum foil and put it in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw the pie overnight in the refrigerator before putting it in the oven and baking it as directed above.
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