Oatmeal Crunch Apple Pie

No singular food says “holiday” like a good apple pie.  Not only is it a holiday treat, it’s great anytime.  My mom makes a wonderful recipe but it has the typical double crust which I find too heavy and filling.  I have played around with a few recipes and mixed and matched and came up with this oatmeal crunch top recipe which is light, sweet and delicious!  There is an extra step compared to most recipes but don’t let that stop you!  The ingredients for the filling get warmed on the stove top first.  By doing this they don’t go into the shell all lumped together, instead they all incorporate and makes for an amazing flavor!  I am not one for rolling pie dough but if you have a dough recipe you like please use it.  Frozen pie shells taste good and are made with vegetable products while the refrigerated varieties are not veg friendly.

Apple Pie with Crunchy Oatmeal Topping

Ingredients

1 frozen pie crust

Filling

3 tablespoons butter

4 pounds Granny Smith apples, sliced 1/2-inch thick (or a combination of favorite baking apples)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 lemon, juiced

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Pinch cardamom and nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

½ cup dried cranberries or raisins

1 cup pecan or walnut pieces

Topping

1 c. quick cooking oatmeal

1 1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. flour

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 c. butter cut in with pastry blender

Combine all the filling ingredients in a lightly buttered pan and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes stirring frequently

In a separate bowl combine the oatmeal, sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Cut the butter into ½ inch cubes and add to mixture.  Using your hands work the butter into the mixture until it is incorporated and reaches a crumbly texture.  This can be done in advance and refrigerated.

Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust and spread evenly throughout the pan.  Sprinkle the topping over this until the pie is well covered.

Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 1 hour.  The top should be nicely browned but not burnt.  Also, you may want to place the pie pan on foil or a baking sheet since the pie mixture is likely to ooze over the sides of the pan.

This is delicious served with either vanilla ice cream or home made whipped cream!

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  1. I think this is one of those occasions when it’s entirely appropriate to link to your daughters blog who DOES have a pie crust recipe at hand. Don’t worry, I’ll link it for you. Next time I make an apple pie I’ll try out this one. Cranberries and walnuts sound pretty yummy to me =]

    Link with pie crust recipe:
    http://cookandhook.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/apple-pie/

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