Almost Apple Pie

"While this recipe is good any time it is the first one requested when the fall apples ripen. It was passed to me by a family member. The recipe calls for an 8x8 deep baking pan. Family member uses a corning ware casserole dish for the baking which makes for a lovely dessert. I often bake it in a pie plate and when cool slice and serve as you would pie. Using white sugar in the crumb crust has it so tasting like pastry. Quick and easy to make. NOTE - recently found this recipe from an old family cookbook is called aunties 'Old Fashioned Crumb Cake' and calls for baking in a 425 oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until brown and crisp. Just made it and found baked at the higher temperature it very like an apple crisp - an absolutely delicious version of Almost Apple Pie and another great apple dessert to serve family and friends. Ovens vary - I used a slightly lower oven temp."
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  • Whisk the crumb mixture together and pat half the crumb mix into an 8x8 baking pan.
  • Slice apples into a large bowl, add the dry ingredients, mix gently and place filling over the crumb base.
  • Put the remaining crumbs over the apples and pat in place.
  • Bake in a 350 oven 40 to 50 minutes or till nicely colored, times vary from oven to oven.

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  1. Diana 2
    Absolutely wonderful in every way. Extremely easy to make and so very tasty. We loved the crumb crust and topping. I made it in a glass flan pan, and baked in the toaster oven. Gerry, you have some of the best recipes, and this one is right up there too. Thank you.
  2. My Sharona
    I love apple desserts and this one is no different. It tastes sweet and sugary cookie-ish with apple pie thrown in. I'm not sure it's easier than apple pie with refridgerated pie crusts out there, but I don't care, it was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and it game out great. Perfect with ice cream, FYI.
  3. Nevdiliel
    I LOVE this recipe! So tasty. It's apple pie, but with less complicated crust. :) I used brown sugar for the crust, because I love the combination of brown sugar with apples, and I used a generous teaspoon of cinnamon (I think I'll add some to the topping next time). I also sprinkled some nutmeg into the apples for some extra spice. I made this recipe with early Transparent apples, so I didn't feel the need to cut down on the sugar. The apples still had a nice tang to them, though admittedly, Transparents are rather sour. Awesome, awesome, awesome recipe. I'll make this instead of apple crisp from now on, and okay, probably in place of a full blown pie, because I don't have the patience to do crusts, and I refuse to buy them. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try this with peaches next. :)
  4. Creating Pearls
    This was really good. I don't normally like apple pie, but this one was good. I did change things a bit, cause I am allergic to . Not to mention I just tend to cook that way. My 4 kids loved this stuff, first time I've ever had them all beg for more of this type of dessert. I made a double batch. For the crumb crust I did half white and half brown sugar. I used real butter since we like that better, and I added about 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt. (Sorry, I didn't actually measure...I dumped.) For the filling I used the apples, white sugar, and I added a bit of brown sugar to give it a bit of flavor, and then I used some vanilla and lemon juice. We will be using this recipe again. Thank you!
  5. Huskerandi
    Delicious!!! I cut the sugar back to about 1/3 cup, just trying to keep the calories down, and I added about 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice because I was afraid my apples weren't the freshest. This was very quick, easy and delicious! OH, and I also turned the heat up to 375 for the last 5 minutes to get a nice golden brown top. Thanks! Great recipe!


  1. carole in orlando
    I made this awhile ago and thought I had reviewed it, but I sure will now. This is such a good recipe, even better with whipped cream or ice cream! It is easy, smells delicious and tastes even better. I used gala apples because that's what I had and they were very good. Followed the recipe, except I used apple pie spice instead of cinnamon. Thanks, Carole in Orlando
  2. Cathy-O
    An easy and attractive apple crumble. I will use some brown sugar in the crumble next time and much less sugar in the apples. Perhaps if I had used those tart granny smith apples, it would have been just right. I replaced 1/4 cup of flour in the crumble, with oats. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Dani Jean
    GREAT apple pie. I used a tin pie plate that was left over from Mrs. Smith's bland apple pie and used 1 tablespoon cornstarch instead of 2 of flour. The simplicity of this doesn't take away from the amazing taste. Yay and yum


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