Crunch Top Apple Pie (Paula Deen)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

Saw Paula Deen make this on Food TV and I was sold. The addition of applesauce to the pie filling makes it a perfect apple pie. I may never try another apple pie recipe! MMMmmm.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Line a 9-inch pie pan with half of the dough.
  3. Toss apples with 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Pour over apples and toss. Stir in applesauce. Spoon this mixture into pie pan and dot with butter.
  5. Cut remaining crust into strips; using every other one arrange over top of pie. Lattice in remaining strips (going the other direction, crossing over and under every other strip).
  6. For crunch topping, combine flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of crust.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and continue to bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust and topping are golden brown. (My pie with golden delicious apples was done after 30 minutes at this step, so watch your pie!).
  8. Note: It helps to make a foil ring to put around pie crust edge to keep it from browning too fast.


Most Helpful

This pie is very attractive and delicious ~ We enjoyed it served still warm from the oven along with vanilla ice cream! For the filling I used 5 cups of Granny Smith apple slices, 1 1/2 cups of applesauce, and 2 tablespoons each of flour and lemon juice. Along with the crunch topping I added a light sprinkling of cinnamon then baked the pie for 45 minutes with foil over it for much of that time. I will be making this outstanding pie again ~ Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Deb's Recipes December 02, 2006

I've made this a number of times and it is the hit of church silent auctions. I use unsweetened applesauce and so up the sugar a bit. I use several different kinds of apples but always a couple of golden delicious. The lattice is a big hit and really not that hard. I'm an apple snob, so I always pick the best and newest apples I can find. Many of the apples you find in stores are old and mushy.

Melanie B. October 22, 2016

Worst apple pie recipe ever! I almost made this for friends for Thanksgiving, thank aged I didn't! I had to cook the pie for about an extra 30 minutes to get the top to even brown at all, the "crumb" topping was more of just a fine powder than wouldn't brown, and the pie has wayyyyy too much apple sauce and really just tasted like bland applesauce mush. Very little flavor and just mushy and not tasty at all. First and last time I will be trying a Paula Deen recipe.

sdhoney00_5122959 December 05, 2013

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