Crunch Top Apple Pie

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Crunch Top Apple Pie Crunch Top Apple Pie Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate

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Dough and Filling:
Paula’s Perfect Pie Crust, recipe follows
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of salt
3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped cooking apples
1 16-ounce jar applesauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces

Crunch Topping: 
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

Paula’s Perfect Pie Crust:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/4 cup vegetable shortening, cold
12 tablespoons butter, (1 1/2 sticks) cold and cubed
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup ice water





Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Line a 9-inch pie pan with half of dough. Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir in the apples, applesauce, and lemon juice. Spoon the apple mixture into pie pan and dot with butter. Cut remaining crust into strips; arrange in a lattice design over top of pie.

For crunch topping:

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Using a fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over top of crust. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust and topping are golden brown.

Paula’s Perfect Pie Crust:
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the shortening and break it up with your hands as you start to coat it all up with the flour. Add the cold butter cubes and work it into the flour with your hands or a pastry cutter. Work it quickly, so the butter doesn’t get too soft, until the mixture is crumbly, like very coarse cornmeal. Add the ice water, a little at a time, until the mixture comes together forming a dough. Bring the dough together into a ball. When it comes together stop working it otherwise the dough will get over-worked and tough. Divide the dough in half and flatten it slightly to form a disk shape. Wrap each disk in plastic and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. On a floured surface roll each disk out into a 10 to 11-inch circle to make a 9-inch pie.

Yield: 2 (9-inch) pie crusts

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Reader Comments:


This is a fantastic pie. I made 2 of them a couple days ago, my wife and family loved them. The best apple pie they have ever had. I must day I'm pretty proud of my self. Thanks Paula

By alan w lutz on November 03, 2013


So glad to see you on this website and see your beautiful face and recipes. Love you dear one and may the Lord bless your socks off!! personal comment: Met you in person and your family one night a year ago while my husband and I were in Savannah celebrating our anniversary...we were at Bubba's Seafood restaurant. You very graciously had a picture taken with me, you and your precious Captain. Thank you for being who you are. Keep on keeping on!! We all still love you dearly! W. Dean Johnson

By Dean Johnson on October 31, 2013


I'm gonna try this in my outdoor Dutch Oven club one of these days!! We'r always having cooking contests so I'll use this one when it comes to Pies...

By Deborah Milliron on July 17, 2013


I usally don't watch cooking shows, but the other day i watched your show, and ( there wasn't anything on TV to watch, sorry) I watched you make a cheese cake and an apple pie and love it, I don't cook as a rule but love to bake, so does my wife like me to bake. I loved how easy you made it look. To make a long story short I will be watching you from now on. I'm a new fan of yours. Thank you for sharing . Jim Mcintyre

By James McIntyre on January 09, 2013


My daughter who is not much of a cook chose this recipe to use during an apple pie baking contest in her home ec class and took first place. I absolutely love the flavor of this pie!

By Chris on January 06, 2012


LOVE this pie!!! Everyone in my family loves this pie as well. I have made it at least 20 times. I haven't ever made the crust though, I buy pillsbury pre made crust, only for time sake.

By nicoleblack on October 20, 2011


Love your apple recipes, l enjoy all of your recipes, cookbooks and you. A hint I received from an apple grower to keep apples fresh for at least 2 months: Place apples in a plastic bag, (ziptop) close the bag. Take some thing sharp, end of knife or icepick. Poke about 8-10 holes in the bag. Place in refrigerator and your apples will stay fresh as the day you purchased them. Be careful not to poke a hole in the apples. I have been storing my apples like this for around 15 years. Enjoy!

By Mary Ann Mee on October 11, 2011


I am a real idiot when it comes to cooking. I watch these cooking shows and realize I don't have hardly any of the things they use to cook with and I don't have half the ingredients to cook with either. Being a poor single mom what can I do to make good meals with utensils I have and foods I have? Please help this dumb hillbilly out.

By Angela Clark on March 29, 2011


This was the best recipe ever!!! I'm a 32 year old non-cook (I've tried, but just not real successful at it), anyway this was the best and easiet recipe to follow. The pie was marvelous and I'm going to make it again for the new year!!! Highly recommended.

By Beachride on December 24, 2010


5 stars for presentation! the crunch top hides imperfect lattice work!

By Anonymous on November 25, 2010


This recipe is really easy and sooo good! Its my Hubby's favorite!!

By Anonymous on November 22, 2010


i have to say this was the easiest apple pie ive ever made and everyone loved it.and i have never made homemade apple pie before.i always buy the crust and and just fake my way through the mixture.

By Anonymous on October 05, 2010


I make this for every family gathering!

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