Apple Crumble Pie Recipe

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This apple crumble pie recipe features an open-faced whole wheat crust with a cinnamon-scented apple pie filling. Topped with a sweet, crunchy crumble topping made with toasty oats and crushed pecans, it is earthy, sweet and satisfying.
Utensils Dessert
Globe New American
Chef Susie is a cookbook author, chocolatier, pastry chef and culinary educator with more than a decade of experience teaching and running an artisan chocolate business, which has been featured on the Food Network. Prior to beginning her culinary career, Chef Susie worked as a TV executive at three of the Big Four networks. She is now the author of three books, the latest based on her award-winning culinary travel blog.


For the Whole Wheat Pie Dough
3/4 cup(s)
all-purpose flour
3/4 cup(s)
whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
1/2 cup(s)
2 tblsp
shortening, preferably non-hydrogenated
eggs, beaten
1 tsp
lemon juice
1 tsp
cider vinegar, optional
1/4 cup(s)
1/2 cup(s)
crushed pecans, see notes
For the Apple Filling
3 cup(s)
sliced crisp apples, such as Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith
3 tblsp
brown sugar
2 tblsp
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
For the Crumble
1/2 cup(s)
all-purpose flour
1/2 cup(s)
brown sugar
1/2 cup(s)
powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup(s)
salted butter, cubed
1/2 tsp
1/2 cup(s)
crushed pecans, see notes

Directions 14 steps | 120 Minutes

Step 1

Measure and prep all ingredients.

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Step 2

Make the pie dough. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large bowl, sift the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. (See notes.)

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Step 3

Add the butter and mix at low speed just until combined, about 20 seconds. Alternatively, use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour.

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Step 4

Add the shortening, egg, lemon juice, and vinegar and mix until just combined, about 20 seconds. 

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Step 5

Add the water a little bit at a time until the mixture forms a dough. Add the crushed pecans, mix until just incorporated.

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Step 6

Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Flatten the dough into a disc shape.

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Step 7

Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

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Step 8

On a floured work surface, roll the dough out into a circle that is about ¼-½ inch thick. Transfer the dough to a pie pan. Refrigerate the pie crust while making the apple pie filling.

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Step 9

Make the apple pie filling. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the sliced apples, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 

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Step 10

Cook for about 5 minutes, until the apple slices just start to soften. Turn off the heat and cool completely.

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Step 11

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Transfer the apple mixture to the prepared pie pan with whole wheat crust. Bake for 30 minutes.

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Step 12

While the pie is baking, prepare the crumble topping. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar, salt and pecans. (See notes.)

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Step 13

After the pie has baked for about 30 minutes, remove the pie from the oven and top with the crumble topping. Bake another 15 minutes or until crust is brown and filling is bubbling.

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Step 14

Let the pie cool before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

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  • A pre-made pie crust can be substituted for the whole wheat pie dough in this recipe.
  • Walnuts can also be substituted for pecans. 
  • If you like a granola-like topping for the crumble, you can add 1/2 cup of oats to the crumble topping.

Nutrition Per Serving
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39.6 g
6.5 g
49.2 g


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Emma C.


03 Oct 2022

Yes! When it comes to apple pie, it's all about the crumble!

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