Crunch Top Apple Pie (Paula Deen)

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by SharleneW

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.

Top Review by Debs Recipes

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.

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.

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