Crumb-topped apple pie can be baked right away or frozen and baked when you need it. Plus it’s awesome.
Oh guys, I have been wanting to update the photos on this classic AOC recipe for a long time! This amazing pie deserved to have a new photo shoot–not only because it’s lick-the-plate good, but because you can bake it from frozen. This is what you want for your holiday tradition!
This easy, Crumb-Topped Apple Pie is one of the best apple pies I have ever eaten. The fact that it can be made ahead, frozen unbaked for up to three months, and then baked from frozen (no need to remember to take it out ahead of time to thaw!) is just a bonus. Although what a bonus, right?
Some call a crumb-topped pie a French pie, others call it a Dutch pie, but I just call it my favorite. I like the buttery, yummy crumb topping so much better than a crust. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I only have to roll out one dough. Nothing at all.
How to make Crumb-Topped Apple Pie
So you might think that being able to freeze this pie is the only reason to like it (or pin and share it…) – but you’d be wrong. It’s really the best – and only apple pie I make. The crumb topping is my favorite “big crumb” topping similar to our fruit crisp – it’s amazing!
See that thick and substantial crumb topping? No wimpy toppings here – this will not get lost in the fruit. Ever.
Once you make and assemble the dough, apple filling, and crumb topping (when it’s convenient for you – days or weeks from when you want to serve it!), wrap it in heavy-duty (or double thick) foil, pie plate and all, and seal it well. Label and date the outside (tip: I also write the instructions on the foil, so I don’t even have to bother finding the recipe when it’s time to bake).
When you’d like a warm-from-the-oven apple pie, carefully unwrap the frozen pie and place it on a cookie sheet. Take the foil that surrounded the pie in the freezer and cover the pie and cookie sheet loosely with the foil. Bake for 40 minutes, remove the foil and bake for about 40 minutes more- until the apples are tender.
Yep, that’s it – it’s as easy as…well you can guess, right?
And this is perfect for the holidays! I love to have one of these in the freezer to have ready. Of course, you can make and cook it right away. In fact, my favorite thing to do is to double the recipe so we can have one right away, and the other waiting in the freezer. Who needs to wait for the holidays, right?
**Find the link to the full printable recipe below!**
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