Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / 15 Comments

Crumbly Top Apple Pie --- Guest Post by Angie

Welcome back to another day of Christmas Sweets and Treats Week. My friend Angi from A Return to Simplicity is here to share with you her recipe for Crumbly Top Apple Pie.


Ever take a bite of overly syrupy apple pie, sandwiched between two soggy crusts?

I have. More times than I care to admit.

Yet, there is something so inherently comforting about a slice of warm apple pie. (Which is probably why I kept sampling different apple pies, despite the sub-standard texture and taste.)

So why not revolutionize the apple pie, and replace the top crust with a lovely crumble instead?

This solves the soggy crust issue, dries up a bit of the over-syrupy consistency, and adds an amazing sweet and salty crunch to the top of the pie!

To make the pie, you will need:
  • Unbaked Pie Crust
  • 5-7 apples (Needs to equal 6-8 cups of sliced apples
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

For the crumbly top:
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of sucanat (completely raw, unrefined sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Roll out your pie crust, and arrange in a pie pan.


Slice your apples, and mix with the remaining pie ingredients.

Stir until the apples are coated, and pour into the un-baked pie shell.

To make the crumbly top, begin by melting the 2 Tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan.
Add the rest of the crumble ingredients to the melted butter, and stir thoroughly.

Sprinkle the crumble on top of the pie.
Resist the temptation to pick off and consume multiple apple slices covered in crumble! :)
Bake the pie at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, then at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

The crumbly top should brown and crisp up like this!  
Allow the pie to cool for 15-20 minutes before slicing.

This is crumbly top apple pie is amazing eaten when it's hot, warm, or cold.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream!

Now you can enjoy crumbly top apple pie this Christmas, and rest in the knowledge that only a minimal amount of unrefined sweeteners are included.

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  1. I love the idea of using whole wheat flour for the topping. I'm sure it add a nutty flavor to this delicious looking pie. Have a Merry Christmas:)

  2. Crumble top is one of my favorites toppings over a second crust on apple pie.

  3. My mom makes a crumb top apple pie too. I'm with you that it totally works!

  4. Probably my favorite pie and certainly my husband's. Glad to have this recipe.

  5. Apple Pie is always one of my favorite treats. Now using a crumb topping just makes it even better.

  6. This looks so good! I ended up going to popeyes for lunch and they gave me a free one but this looks much better.

  7. I love this idea! Apple pie is delicious on it's own but I love a good crumble top so it would be even more delicious!

    La Belle Sirene 

  8. This is an awesome idea. I've never baked an apple pie before but this recipe seems super easy to follow. Have to pin this for the holidays.

  9. This looks delicious! I love apple pie, you can't ever go wrong.

  10. My favorite apple pie is a Dutch apple pie (the type you have here!) I think it is the best combo of pie and apple crisp. Looks super yummy!

  11. This pie looks delicious. We just baked up an apple crumble pie the other day. I love the addition of cinnamon to the topping - it really gives it an extra kick. I haven't tried baking pies with whole wheat flour. Something I'll have to try!

  12. Oh this looks so good. Believe it or not, I made my first apple pie about two years ago on Thanksgiving. I was always so intimidated, but now I am loving making different ones! I have not tried a crumble top yet. This will have to be added to our list, which will make my husband happy LOL!

  13. This Apple Pie recipe sounds so good! It reminds me of a mashup between an Apple Crumble and an Apple Pie. I always have a hard time deciding which of the two to make during holiday season, and now I won't have to! I'll make yours instead.


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