Saturday, January 2, 2010

Apple Crumb Pie

I pretty much can't come to a holiday gathering without making this pie for the family. Luckily, it's really not very difficult!

1 9 inch store bought pie crust,chilled
1 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
6 cups of apples, cored, skinned, diced or sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine flour, brown sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Blend with a hand mixer until crumbly, then set aside. (Sometimes I add a little cinnamon to this mixture as well)

In another large bowl combine apples, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Mix gently to coat apples with sugar and cinnamon. Check your liquor cabinet. Is there something there that might be good in this mix too? I usually add about a tablespoon of Tuaca or Grand Marnier.

Pack apple mixture into chilled pie crust. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture. Sprinkle the top with a little more cinnamon or sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes.

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