Simple Apple Crumb Pie

Have you been frantically looking for a delicious, gooey, crumbly apple pie recipe? Is this dessert the very foundation of a happy holiday party? If so, don’t let your energy go to waste – we would like to offer a recipe from Real Simple that is sure to please. By combining simple prep with a delectable outcome, everyone will likely finish every last crumb with a smile on his or her face! Just keep one thing in mind – while we are certainly happy for our patients to enjoy themselves, we would also like to offer a friendly reminder: Keep your dental hygiene habits up throughout the holiday season (twice daily brushing and once daily dental flossing), so you can enjoy yourself, while maintaining a healthy smile.

Apple Crumb Pie


For the crust:

  1. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the work surface
  2. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  4. tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  5. tablespoons solid vegetable shortening, cold
  6. to 6 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  1. pound Cortland, Empire, or McIntosh apples
  2. pounds Granny Smith apples
  3. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  5. 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) walnuts, finely chopped

For the topping:

  1. cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  3. teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. pinch of kosher salt
  5. tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces


  1. Make the crust. Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Add the butter and shortening and pulse to form a coarse crumble. While the motor is running, add the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead just until smooth. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle about 14 inches in diameter and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Using your fingers, fold over any overhang and crimp the edge. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Make the filling. Heat oven to 375° F.
  4. Peel, core, and slice all the apples 1/4 inch thick. Gently toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Spoon into the crust and sprinkle the walnuts over the top.
  5. Make the topping. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse to form a medium crumble (with pieces about the size of peas). Sprinkle the topping over the apples and walnuts. Bake for 1 hour, or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.