Scrumptious Apple Pie

If an apple pie and an apple crisp got married, this would be their baby.  A delicious, mouth-watering “pie” baby!

1 whole pie crust (from scratch or store-bought)

6-7 cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples (I used 5 large apples)
Juice from half a lemon
1/2 cup white sugar
4 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Crumb topping:
1 1/2 sticks butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup quick oats (I used rolled oats because that’s all I had)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 jar caramel topping (or homemade caramel sauce)

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Peel and slice your apples into a large bowl.  Squeeze juice of lemon over apples and stir to coat.  Add your white sugar, flour, and salt.  Mix.

3.  For the crumb topping, cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter.  If you have a food processor, that would work too.  Add your brown sugar, oats, and salt.

4.  Pour apples into prepared pie crust.  Spread your crumb topping over apples.

5.  Cover edges of pie crust with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.  When time is up, remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes.  Before last 5 minutes is up, remove pie from oven and sprinkle top with chopped pecans.  Return to oven and finish baking.

6.  When pie is done, remove from oven and pour caramel sauce over topping.  Or wait and pour sauce over individual slices.

*Some of the juices started to bubble out towards the end of baking.  I would recommend placing a cookie sheet lined with foil on the rack below your pie. 

*There is A LOT of butter in this pie!  I think I’ll try using only 1 1/4 sticks next time I make this.

Source:  The fabulous Pioneer Woman


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