I must confess, I also 'cheated', using a frozen crust leftover from another recipe. I think the crust should have been par baked, or blind baked, before filling, as the end result tasted a little doughy. I also am not sure about the addition of the applesauce; I used it, but would most likely skip it next time. It seemed to make the pie too mushy. The topping for the 'topless' pie was a nice addition, with great flavor and added good texture! Thanks for sharing, Oenophilly.
Oh my goodness-- This is the best apple pie I've ever had! I used a pre-made crust, because my doughs never turn out too good. I also omitted the walnuts-- but WOW. I can't make to make this again, thank you so much for posting :)