Hey everyone! Today I thought I'd post about how to make apple crumbles (or apple pies...the recipe is barely different, but I'll get to that in a bit). A lot of people I think are scared by apple pies or think they are way more difficult to make than they actually are. Even some online recipes require so many unnecessary steps so I wanted to give you all a recipe that my 15 year old brother who knows nothing about baking could do and get it perfect.
What you'll need:
Apples (I used about 4 but still had some filling left over at the end)
-the best kinds of apples are granny smith. (or really crunchy/tart apples)
Brown & White Sugar (although if you only have one kind that's okay just double the amount)
(You can also add Gingerbread Spice or Pumpkin Pie Spice if you have it)
(if you have some lemon juice add that too....if not that's okay)
Crumb/Cookie Crust- Graham Crackers or Nilla Wafers & 1 Stick Butter
Pie Crust: Ready Made Pie Crust (NOT PUFF PASTRY)
Topping (Apple Crumble)
Package of Instant Oats (I used the brown sugar and cinnamon instant oatmeal kind)
Brown Sugar ~1/2 cup
1 Stick Butter
Flour ~ 1 cup
So I made an Apple Crumble but I'll walk you through the steps of making a pie too
For a Crumb Crust the KEY to a good one is you have to bake it before adding any filling on top, so make this firstand let it bake while making the filling.
Crumb Crusts are hard to give a recipe but you can use either Nilla Wafers or Graham Crackers or anything similar and butter.
Smash the cookies into a fine powder (I put them into a ziplock bag and then have someone who likes smashin things have a go at it...this would be good for a little one to do just double bag it and squeeze all the air out)
Then add butter that's at room temperature and mix (with your hands) until the consistency is that the cookie crumbs JUST stick together.
Spread into the bottom of either a pie pan, tart pan, springform pan (i only had a springform pan...for like cheesecakes... since I moved and had to leave my baking stuff in California)
Bake (~200 C) until it is golden on top like in my picture. It took around 10-15 minutes for me.
if you're using pie crust just spread it in the bottom of the pan (you can use pie crust for the apple crumble or just a regular pie
Ah filling...the part that seems so difficult but is really so easy.
Peel and cut all of your apples (about 4) into either slices like I have or cubes (slices works the same and is easier/faster...it doesn't make a difference like in my Easy Apple Turnover recipe)
Add like around a few tablespoons of melted butter to your bowl
Then add brown sugar, white sugar, and your spices to your own taste until all of the apples are coated with a layer of sugar butnot so that the sugar starts to form like a gel and coats the sides and bottoms of the bowl. (I use equal parts of white and brown sugar)
The apples will start to look like this ^ (but the picture was taken before I had mixed the brown sugar in). Once your filling is all mixed up spoon it into your pan with the crust and now move on to the topping for apple crumble.
if you're just making a pie you can either put a layer of pasty crust over the top and cut a few slices in the middle to allow it to air out or you can cut your pastry into strips and put it in a checkerboard pattern and it will look super fancy..then stick it in the oven at around 200C and bake until crust is golden brown
The fun part that everyone also thinks is super difficult but really isn't.
Dump about a cup of flour, half a cup of brown sugar, some cinnamon, and about half the package of oats into a mixing bowl. (mix a little because it will just make your life easier for the next part)
Then grab a COLD stick of butter and cut the butter in (cut little pieces off of the stick into the bowl) and then get your hands in there again and mix it together. The consistency should look like it does above (if it's too sticky/buttery just add more dry ingredients and vice versa) it shouldn't really stick together...just form little clumps basically.
Then just spread the mixture over the top of your masterpiece and stick it in the oven
I think I started baking mine at 200C but it was browning too fast (if you see some parts of the crumble get dark really fast turn the heat down) and I think I ended up turning it down to about 180/170C
(my oven only has 150,200,250 and so on so I can't tell you exactly)
Bake until golden and crunchy on top and when you stick a fork in it glides through the apples (there's nothing worse than a half baked apple pie/crumble!) It usually takes anywhere from 30-50 minutes depending on the strength of your oven (a.k.a. I've done it the same way with different ovens and the time has ranged that much)
Cut yourself off a slice, top with vanilla ice cream if you have it and enjoy your delicious pie!