The Best Apple Crumb Pie

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Apple Crumble Pie is a delicious and easy pie that everyone requests time and again.

A tender flaky crust filled with sweet juicy cinnamon kissed apples all topped of with a delicious crumb topping. This is the perfect apple pie to serve after any meal!

Apple Crumble Pie with ice cream

Why This Is the Best Apple Crumb Pie Ever!

“The Best” is a pretty big statement and not one I take lightly… and “The Best” fits this Apple Crumb Pie perfectly! I first served this apple pie Thanksgiving many years ago and it was a HUGE hit, it has been requested over and over again!

  • Great to make ahead, bakes up perfectly every time.
  • Simple to make with homemade pie crust or store bought to make it fast.
  • Can be served warm, room temperature, or chilled.
  • Simple ingredients you probably have on hand.

The Best Apples for Pie

The base of a perfect apple pie (or apple crumble) starts with choosing the right apples. You’ll want an apple that is crisp and slightly tart but will hold its shape while baking.

When baking apple pie, I recommend using a Granny Smith apple as I’ve used in this apple crumb pie recipe.

While you certainly can use any apple, some apples have a softer texture or are less crisp meaning your pie could become mushy or the apples won’t hold their shape. Find more info on apples for baking here.

Apple Crumb Pie Ingredients

How Many Apples are Needed for a Pie

This will vary based on the recipe you’re using and the topping, this particular recipe uses a delicious crumb topping so the apples are really piled sky-high.

For this apple crumb pie, you’ll need 8 medium Granny Smith apples which will be approximately 6-7 cups of apples. Always be sure to peel your apples for pie as the skin can become tough and chewy once baked.

How Many Cups is a Sliced Apple?

You can expect 3 medium apples (approximately 1 pound) to yield about 2 1/2 cups of sliced apples.

Cut the apples fairly thin (about 1/8″) and, in this apple crumble pie recipe, you’ll want to stack them nice and high because they will shrink down a bit as they bake!

An apple peeler/corer/slicer can make this job extra quick if you use a lot of sliced apples, it’s a great investment that will save you hours!

Apple Crumble Pie on a plate with vanilla ice cream

Crumb Topping for Apple Pie

What sets this pie apart from a classic apple pie recipe is the topping!  The crumble is easy to make and this pie has a generous portion!

It’s a simple mixture of:

  • butter
  • brown/white sugar
  • flour
  • cinnamon

Tips for a Perfect Pie

  • Use an apple that holds up well like Granny smith.
  • Pile the apples high, they’ll shrink a bit as they bake.
  • If your crumb topping is powdery, it hasn’t been mixed enough. Use your hands to really mix it together until bigger crumbs form.
  • If you notice the topping starts to brown too early, place a small square of foil over the middle.
  • I use a nice deep dish pie plate and always set the pie plate on a parchment lined baking pan to bake. This makes it easier to get in and out of the oven and will catch any drips or spills should your pie bubble over!

Raw Apple Crumble Pie in a pie dish

Storage/Leftovers & Reheating Apple Crumb Pie

Once the pie has cooled it can be stored at room temperature uncovered for up to 24 hours.

If you bake this apple crumb pie ahead of time, you can warm it in the oven again before serving. Reheat at 325°F for about 20 minutes (heated from room temperature).

We serve this with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping and caramel sauce!

You can freeze this pie either before or after baking. If frozen before baking, the pie can be baked from frozen. To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 425°F and cover the pie loosely with foil. Place the pie in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for an additional 45-55 minutes.

Apple Crumble Pie in a pie dish

More Apple Favorites

I love apple everything from Apple Pie Tacos, Apple Crumble, and Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups to Apple Pie Egg Rolls.

Did you love this Apple Crumble Pie? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below!

Apple Crumb Pie with ice cream
4.85 from 234 votes
Review Recipe

The Best Apple Crumb Pie

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
“The Best” fits this Apple Crumb Pie perfectly, sweet juicy apples with a light apple crumble topping!

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen pie crust (or homemade)

Topping

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter chilled and cubed

Filling

  • 8 Granny Smith apples
  • cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

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Instructions

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.

Topping:

  • Combine all topping ingredients using a fork until completely mixed and crumbly.

Filling:

  • Peel, core, and slice apples into thin slices (approximately ⅛ inch). Toss apple slices with sugar, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest (if using), cinnamon, & nutmeg.
  • Layer apple slices in pie shell (it will be really full) and pour any leftover juice over the apples. Top apple slices with topping and pat it down over the apples. Place pie pan on a cookie sheet (they tend to drip over if really full, this will save your oven).
  • Bake at 450°F for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350°F and bake an additional 45-55 minutes. (Poke the center of the pie to make sure the apples are soft all of the way through).
  • Serve warm or room temperature.

Recipe Notes

The topping needs to be very well mixed to hold together, if it is powdery, it hasn't been mixed enough. If needed, use your hands to mix it all together.
Be sure to keep an eye on your crumble topping. If it starts to brown too early, place a small piece of foil on top to keep it from burning.
I recommend Granny smith apples for their tart flavor and they hold their shape well.
You can freeze this pie either before or after baking. If frozen before baking, the pie can be baked from frozen. To bake from frozen, preheat the oven to 425°F and cover the pie loosely with foil. Place the pie in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for an additional 45-55 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 495, Carbohydrates: 84g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 195mg, Potassium: 261mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 53g, Vitamin A: 455IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American
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  1. Had the rack too high and semi-burned the top in the first 15 minutes. Covered with foil for the rest of the cook. I’m sure it will be fine. Oh, new oven too.

    1. If you notice the topping starts to brown too early, we definitely recommend placing a small square of foil over the middle to help prevent that. Hope you enjoyed it, Jim!

  2. Such a great pie! I used fujii and gala apples. I ended up cooking it at least 20 minutes longer than recipe calls for. My crumb topping was getting dark after first 15 min. so I put a piece of foil over it. Left it on for a good while. I used a Pillsbury pie crust in my own pie pan, so it really wasn’t “homemade”, I guess. It did spill over so I’m glad I put it on a cookie sheet covered with foil. My husband loves it and so do I. Super easy. Only my 4th apple pie ever – and I’m older, lol – and I’ll use this recipe again.
    ps: My cinnamon and turmeric have the same blue lid, so you guessed it…I sprinkled it on the apples and….WHAT?? Oh, geez. I rinsed the slices real well in cold water and dried them. No lingering turmeric taste. Phew!5 stars

  3. I just sampled this version and was delighted with the result. I followed dirrctions carefully and the tesult wad a delicious pie that was easy to make. Yes, it is the best apple crumble pie!5 stars

    1. Hi Lauren, we usually bake it fresh and then store it in the fridge once fully cooled but I think it should work to be prepped ahead of time. You could also prep the topping and filling separately and assemble before baking. Let us know how it turns out!

  4. A family favorite. I used 5 large Granny Smith and 2 Macintosh apples. Changed sugar for filling to 1/2 cup and flour to 4 tablespoons.

  5. Followed the recipe to the letter, but had grave doubts as I was mixing the topping. I think your 1 cup of flour should have been no more than 1/2 cup, it was WAY too much flour.2 stars

    1. Sorry to hear that, Laura! This recipe is usually a reader favorite. You can reduce the flour in the crumb topping if you prefer. We would love to hear how it turns out for you.

  6. This turned out perfect!
    Made it for Thanksgiving, I’m not a HUGE fan of Granny Smith apples, so I used 2 granny Smith and 4 Honey crisp, it turned out perfect.
    I definitely recommend throwing on some gloves and mixing the crumble topping with your hands, I was unable to get it as a crumble until I mixed with my hands.

    To the reviewer who said it was mush, I can’t help but wonder if perhaps you used the wrong kind of apples? Some apples are not suited for pies bc of the high temp and long baking time, and they do turn to mush. Maybe give it a second go with a granny Smith or honey crisp apple.5 stars