Topless Apple Pie

"Not Apple Pie made in the nude, but rather apple pie without its traditional pastry covering. Instead, it has a walnutty streusel topping! Adapted from recipes in Good Housekeeping and Family Circle (I think). Tastes delicious serves hot or cold."
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Ready In:
2hrs 30mins
12 slices




  • Prepare Pastry:

  • Stir together salt and flour in bowl. Add butter/shortening with blender until mixture is coarse. Add water one tbsp at a time, stirring in between. Shape the pastry into a disk, cover it with plastic wrap, and chill until firm (about 1 hr).
  • After Chilled, roll pastry onto lightly floured surface with a rolling pin until it makes a circle about 11 inches wide. Transfer to a 9-in pie plate. Squash it down to make it fit, and trim and crimp the edges.
  • Prepare Pie Filling:

  • Combine sugars, flour, lemon rind, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Thoroughly toss the mixture with the apple slices, ensuring that all of the slices are well coated.
  • Prepare Topping:.
  • Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger in a small bowl. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in walnuts.
  • Prepare Pie:.
  • Spread applesauce over bottom of the pie shell, then add the coated apple slices. They should make about three layers. Spoon the topping over the apples.
  • Bake pie at 400 for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350, cover pie loosely with tin foil, and bake for another 45 to 55 minutes.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 :)


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