Why did I decided to make this Deep Dish Apple Crumble Pie? Because I can’t resist that sweet crumbly topping on fruit crisps. Would you not agree it’s the best of both worlds?
Every bite you take will have some of the flakey crust from the bottom and the sweet crumbly crust from the top with lots of sweet baked apples in the middle.
Dare I say I like it better than a two-crust pie? I think it is especially perfect with apple, pear, or peach filling.
I made a traditional homemade pie crust but any purchased pre-made unbaked shell or box mix is also ok. This recipe is egg, dairy, soy, corn, and nut-free but you could use a gluten-free crust or gluten-free box mix as well.
It’s best to heap the pie with apples because the apple filling will cook down during the baking process and it would be downright sad to not have a big mouthful of apples in every bite.
This apple filling is the same recipe I use for my Country Style Apple Pie recipe, except I added about 2 extra cups of apples ending in about 10-11 cups of apple pie filling.
Fruit crisps are near and dear to our hearts and I have a favorite crumb crust I always use, so naturally, I used it here as well. Nuts can be omitted in the crumb topping for nut-free diets. And a dairy-free butter substitute can be swapped for the butter if needed.
To Make this Deep Dish Apple Crumble Pie You Will Need These Ingredients:
- Flour ~ gluten-free if needed
- Butter ~ non-dairy if needed
- Brown Rice Flour
- Old Fashioned Oats ~ gluten-free if needed
- Brown sugar
**To prevent dough from sticking, a pastry cloth is a lifesaver when making pies, biscuits, and cut-out cookies.
You might also enjoy our favorite Rhuberry Crisp!
Deep Dish Apple Crumble Pie
- 10 -11 cups peeled cored, and sliced cooking apples. I used 10 cups of Gravensteins.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3-4 Tbsp all-purpose flour ~ gluten-free if needed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- A light shake of nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp butter or a non-dairy substitute
- In a large mixing bowl add peeled and sliced apples
- sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir to combine ingredients.
- Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir mixture and microwave 2-3 more minutes. Microwaving the apple mixture is optional but I always do this with apple pies. Set this mixture aside.
- 1 1/4 cup flour ~ gluten-free flour blend is optional
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 3-4 Tbsp cold water
- In a large mixing bowl add flour and salt; mix well.
- Cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas.
- Sprinkle in 1 Tbsp of cold water at a time gently tossing with a fork until the mixture is moistened enough to stick together and form a ball.
- On a floured surface ,preferably on a pastry cloth.
- roll out the dough a little larger than the pie dish you intend to use.
- When the dough is placed in the pie dish the crust will need to slightly extend over the edges of the dish about 1-inch.
- Fold the edges of the crust under so it is flush with the rim of the pie plate.
- Flute the edge and fill with prepared apple filling.
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats ~ gluten-free if needed
- 1/2 cup walnuts ~ chopped Substitute with seeds if needed or omit
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon ~ rounded
- 1/4 cup butter or non-dairy substitute
- a small bowl add flour, oats, walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir together.
- Melt butter or non-dairy substitute on low in the microwave. Stir into flour and oat mixture. Use fingers to mix everything together really well if needed.
- Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples and cover as evenly as possible.
- Bake pie at 375 for 30 minutes. Cover top of the pie with foil. Continue baking for another 30 minutes or until filling is bubbling. Uncover the pie for the last 10 minutes if desired.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
- In a large mixing bowl add peeled and sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir to combine ingredients. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir mixture and microwave 2-3 more minutes. Microwaving the apple mixture is optional but I always do this with apple pies. Set this mixture aside.
Here is an example of a pastry cloth. After each use just wash it in the washing machine and dry without softeners.