Apple Crumb Pie

Why do I ever doubt my mom? I should know better by now.

A few years ago, when Mom suggested we change up Thanksgiving dessert, and go with an entirely non-traditional apple pie recipe, I was SCANDALIZED.

I mean, it’s one thing to try out a funky, new pie recipe for an Arbor Day potluck. But Thanksgiving dinner?

Mom topping the pie, wearing my old Strawberry Shortcake t-shirt

I reluctantly agreed to go along with Mom’s evil plan to ruin Thanksgiving, fully assuming that following a dismal failure, we’d have learned our lesson, and we’d vow to return our Thanksgiving allegiance to chocolate mousse pie and blackberry pie and I totally forgot what I was talking about.

Pablo peeling apples

And then we made Martha Stewart’s Apple Crumb Pie. Holy crap balls. This is what apple pie aspires to. The filling is very, um, apple-y. It’s pretty much wall-to-wall apples, with very little goop.

The crust [THE CRUST] is ridiculously delicious. The almond crumb crust is salty, nutty, crispy, and with no pastry to deal with, it comes together as easy as, well, pie.

I will never doubt again.

Recipe below the fold

Apple Crumb Pie
From Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook

Almond Crumb Crust (recipe follows)
3 1/2 pounds assorted apples (such as Macoun, Cortland, Jonagold, Empire, or Rome), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat the oven to 350⁰F. Evenly and firmly press a little more than half of the crumbs (about 2 1/2 cups) into the bottom, up the sides, and onto the rim of a 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly into the edges. Freeze pie shell until firm, about 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss together apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour mixture into the chilled pie shell, mounding apples slightly in the center. Dot with butter. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs in clumps over the apples to cover completely.

Bake, rotating halfway through, until the crust turns golden and the juices begin to bubble, about 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The pie can be kept at room temperature, loosely covered with plastic wrap, for up to 2 days.

Almond Crumb Crust

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely ground blanched almonds
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into small pieces

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, almonds, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger clumps remaining. Using your fingers, squeeze the mixture together to create pea-size to 3/4-inch pieces. If not using right away, cover and chill until ready to proceed.

Linked to: Gooseberry Patch, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Something Swanky
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