food + art: apple pie crumble

It’s been quite a while since my last food + art post, but I couldn’t let fall go by without posting an apple recipe. I drew the apples in my journal over the summer during my 30 days of drawing challenge. The text is a Kahlil Gibran quote.


On to the recipe. This recipe is a combination of two apple pie recipes that I have made. I actually am not fond of apple pie. It always seemed kind of gooey or gluey. Gooey texture freaks me out. Maybe I just never had a proper apple pie. I will probably attempt to make a proper apple pie one day- they look so pretty with their covered dough topping. But this concoction that I make suits me just fine and it’s really quick to make. It’s a mix between an apple pie and an apple crumble. I have found that it’s best to use tart apples when baking. And, yes, to save time, I did not make my own crust. I used a deep dish pie crust that can be found in the frozen section. If I made everything from scratch, then I would not have time for anything! So I cut corners here and there. Depends on my mood and schedule. This is a great recipe to have little hands help with the mixing and measuring.

Apple Pie Crumble

1/4 c granulated sugar
2 tbs cornstarch
1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
4-5 cups of thinly sliced peeled apples (depends on how much you think will fit in your crust)

1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 c old fashioned oats
pinch of salt
4 tbs cold butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces

Preheat oven 375 degrees.

For the filling: Mix filling ingredients all together in a large bowl. Place the mixture in the frozen pie crust.

For the topping: Mix topping ingredients all together in a medium bowl. I find that using my fingers to integrate the butter with the rest of the ingredients works much better than using a fork. Sprinkle on top of the pie filling.

Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. After the first 25 minutes, loosely cover with aluminum foil* and bake for another 25 minutes.

Eat at room temp or warm up. If you warm it up, it Would be amazing with vanilla ice cream on the side, I think. Mmmmmm.

* You may not need to add the aluminum foil. My crust was browning pretty quickly at that point, so I covered it. Just check at the midway point and see what you think.

apple pail
this image just captures fall


Thank you all for your sympathies in regards to saying goodbye to my dog. I still feel like I catch him from the corner of my eye. It’s hard to get used to the absence of a constant presence in one’s life. He was always tripping me in the kitchen and I miss that. I also miss that he was a vacuum for all the crumbs that we make at all our meals! I find that I am having to vacuum more often now. The little things.

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