Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Apple Pie with Crunchy Cinnamon Topping

This has been my go-to apple pie recipe for over ten years.  I make it at least once every fall so I started craving it as soon as the weather turned cooler.  I added more apples this time to make it thicker and made the crust from scratch.

Apple Pie with Crunchy Cinnamon Topping

1-1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Vegetable Shortening
4-5 Tablespoons Cold Water
4-5 Granny Smith Apples
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoon Flour
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1/8 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Ground Saigon Cinnamon
1/2 cup packed Light Brown Sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Ground Saigon Cinnamon
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) Unsalted Butter

PIE CRUST:  In a small mixing bowl, combine flour and salt; add shortening in small pieces and mix until crumbly.  Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.  On a piece of waxed paper, roll out to fit a 9 or 10-inch pie plate.  Carefully flip over and transfer to pie plate.  Peel the waxed paper away.  Trim crust to just beyond the edge of plate and flute edges.

FILLING:  Peel, halve and core apples.  Cut into 1/8-inch slices.  Put into a large bowl.  Toss with lemon juice to coat.  Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over apple slices; toss to coat.  Layer apple slices in pie shell, mounding them slightly higher in the center.

TOPPING:  Mix flour, sugars, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.  Cut butter into small pieces and add to mixture, stirring after every few pieces you add.  Pat crumb topping evenly over apples to form a top crust.

Place pie on a foil-lined cookie sheet to catch drips.  Heat oven to 450F and bake 15 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 350F and bake 45 minutes longer or until a skewer meets some resistance when center of pie is pierced (apples will continue to cook after pie is removed from oven) and topping is golden brown. If topping is browning too quickly, drape a piece of foil over pie.  Cool pie completely on wire rack before serving.

I have officially declared it fall in our house.  I'm just going to ignore the fact that it will be back to the eighties for the next few days.  :)

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Jenny said...

omg yum. yum. yum. That looks insane. I want some cinnamon ice cream to plop on top!

Mrs. Adventure said...

Yes please, I'll have to whip one of these up asap.

Deanna said...

This looks amazing. I will try it in peach as apples aren't quite on yet here. Thanks for some yummy inspiration.

Mandy said...

Gorgeous piece of pie and it looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Evie said...

Oh my...this looks soooo yummy. Great - now I'm hungry. :) Thanks for sharing! I'm sooo pinning this!

evie @ brown paper packages

Heidi said...

Looks amAzing! :) saw it featured at TT&J - just HAD to come over and say 'hi' as well as add it to my 'sweets and treats' pinterest board! :)


Patricia Torres said...

Gosh.. that looks yumm.. yumm!! :-)

Encarna Sánchez León said...

Hi, I'm Encar of Madrid (Spain):
First I want to congratulate you on your wonderful blog.
I would like to make your recipe for "Crunchy Apple Pie with Cinnamon Topping" but I dont know which ingredient is "Vegetable Shortening" (I know pork lard). Can be it vegetable margarine?
Please, can you help me?
Thanks and best regards from Spain. Encar