I love pie. It’s always been one of my favorite things to bake. It’s so much better than cake IMO.
I’m a crust fiend. Gimme all the crust. I have to admit, growing up I was known to sneak into the kitchen and steal pieces of crust off the pies my mom made. There are photos for proof. Embarrassing. No shame tho.
Buuut I will say, I also do enjoy me some crumble topping too, and this one is my favorite crumble recipe! I use it on coffee cake, all sorts of muffins. Anything that needs a crumb topping, this is the perfect one.
I mentioned in my last post of this tasty Apple Cinnamon Bread that I went apple picking at an orchard outside of Pittsburgh. So I have tons of apples to use up. Cue the pie!
Chai Spice Apple Crumble Pie
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A twist on the classic apple pie, chai spiced with a crumble topping.
- For the Crumble Topping:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups AP flour
- 1 1/4 cups AP flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 6 baking apples, peeled, cored & sliced
- 1/4 cup AP flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Crumble: In a small mixing bowl, combine the sugars, cinnamon and salt and whisk together. Slowly pour in the melted butter and whisk until incorporated. Then add the flour, and mix with a rubber spatula until it combines into a coarse crumble. Feel free to use your hands to squeeze bits together to form bigger crumbs. Spread out on to a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm.
- Crust: In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Combine water, ice & vinegar in a measuring cup. Cut in the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender until pea-sized. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon of the liquid, and mix together with a spatula. Continue adding one tablespoon of liquid and mixing until it comes together into a shaggy dough. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight).
- Assembly: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the pie dough on a floured workspace to 1/8 inch thickness, or big enough to fit in your pie pan. Place in the pan and crimp the edge to your liking. Freeze the ready crust for 15 minutes. Combine your filling spices, sugar and flour in a mixing bowl with the apples. Toss to coat. Pour the filling into the crust, and top with as much crumble as you can, or to taste (I piled mine hiiigh cuz more crumble=better pie IMO). Bake for 20 minutes, cover with foil and lower the oven to 350. Continue baking for 30-45 minutes until the crust and crumble are golden brown, and the apples are bubbling. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.
The crust & crumble can be made days in advance and frozen or refrigerated. If freezing, just transfer the crust to the fridge overnight before use.
But it means I can be cozy, drink lots of tea, and eat pie so I’m happy for now. Still pretty scared for what winter will feel like here. Eeep.