This truly is the best apple pie ever! I love spices and I refer to this as a Spiced Apple Pie. The first time I made this pie, I followed the recipe exactly. It was great and I got lots of positive comments. The second time, however, I doubled the spice + a few pinches. Half+ went directly into the apples and half went into the crumb topping as called for. Heaven! You don't need 1/2 cup butter though for the crumb topping. It sounded like a lot and my crumbs were not very crumbly. Melt about 1/4 cup and still cut in. For a 9.5" pie, I make 1.5 crumb topping and the 1/4 cup of butter is just about right. It does get best with a mixture of apples that are thinly sliced.