Golden Delicious Apple Pie With Oatmeal Crumb Topping

"This pie has a thick crumb topping. Use fewer crumbs if you prefer."
photo by Heather Lazar photo by Heather Lazar
photo by Heather Lazar
Ready In:
2hrs 5mins




  • Combine apples, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice and zest in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix well; set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix 1 tablespoon sugar, nutmeg, and cornstarch; add to apple mixture and stir well.
  • Turn the filling into the chilled pie shell; smooth filling with your hands to even out.
  • Place pie on the center rack in oven; bake 30 minutes.
  • Can make the crumb topping while pie is baking: Add flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in the container of a food processor; pulse several times to mix.
  • Scatter the butter over the top; pulse repeatedly until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • Empty the crumbs into a large bowl and rub them together between your fingers until you have large, buttery crumbs; store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Remove pie from oven and lower temperature to 375°; carefully dump the crumbs in the center of the pie, spreading them over the surface with your hands.
  • Tamp them down lightly; return pie to oven, placing it so the part that faced the back of the oven now faces forward.
  • Place a foil-lined baking sheet onto the rack below to catch any spills.
  • Bake about 30-35 more minutes or until the top is dark golden brown and the juices bubble thickly at the edge.
  • May need to cover the pie with loosely tented foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent over-browning.
  • Place pie of a wire rack and let cool for at least 1 hour before serving.

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  1. Heather Lazar
    I made this apple pie for Christmas last year and had to search for it to make again this year because it was so good! I love the hearty crumb topping.. it's delicious.
  2. stephena72
    This is a great recipe. Easy to make and tastes great. I added one red delicious apple to the mix. I had lots of apples left over so I put phyllo dough in a muffin pan and filled that with the apples and topped it with the left over crumb. Those were yummy too!
  3. deb k
    This is exactly the apple pie that I've always had a taste for, but couldn't find a recipe! Everything about this pie is wonderful. The topping is superior! Such a nice crunch with the warm apples, and ice cream just puts this dish over the edge. The apple pie filling is just perfect (I added a little cinnamon too to the filling!) If you want a dessert to impress guests, this would be my pick! It's just that PERFECT comfort food!
  4. viennagirl
    I will definitely agree that this is the best apple pie that I've ever tasted!!!! I wanted a heartier topping than just the normal flour, butter and sugar. This was perfect!! I used gala apples since that is what I had. I think that gave it a bit of tartness, which I love in a pie. I did add about 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the sugar/nutmeg/cornstarch mixture--preference...I also used 2 T bottled lemon juice and no zest. For the topping I used less brown sugar (1/2 c instead of 2/3 c)and had about 1/3 cup left over that just wouldn't fit. I was in a hurry and didn't read the instructions on how to bake it, just popped it in the oven at 350 F for about an hour. For the last half hour I did cover it with tented foil to keep it from getting too brown. And then we ate it piping hot from the oven with ice cream! Awesome! This will definitely be "my" apple pie from now on! :) I'm glad to be done with my search for the perfect recipe! Thanks...
  5. Sherri35
    This turned out beautifully! I used golden and red delicious that I just picked at the orchard and the pie tasted fantastic. The crumb topping is very thick, a little crunchy and a LOT delicious! I don't like to use my food processor, so I just mixed the topping with my pastry cutter and it worked just fine. Thanks for another great recipe.



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