Apple Pie with Walnut Crumb Topping

Apple Pie with Walnut Crumb Topping

Serves 10

Use our easy homemade pie crust recipe for this apple pie or substitute a store-bought 9 or 10-inch pie shell. Stick with tradition and serve with rich vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or try topping with a dollop of crème fraîche for a tangy pairing.

Ingredients: 
  • For the Crust
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 4 tablespoons ice water
  • For the Topping
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • For the Filling
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds (about 6) Granny Smith, Gala and/or Pink Lady apples, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
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Method: 

Prepare the pie crust. Place flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Or, whisk together in a medium bowl. Add butter and shortening and pulse in the food processor or cut in using a pastry blender just until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough just comes together. Gather up dough, pat into a disc, cover and chill at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the topping. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, walnuts, brown sugar and salt. Mix in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

When ready to bake pie, preheat oven to 400°F. Roll pie crust dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Place dough in 9 1/2-inch pie plate and press into place. Trim and fold under the edges and crimp for a decorative crust. Chill in refrigerator while making the filling.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon zest and salt until combined. Add apple slices and lemon juice and toss until evenly coated. Spoon apple filling into pie shell and sprinkle evenly with crumb topping. Bake pie on lower rack of oven 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and continue to bake 45 to 50 minutes longer or until apples are tender and topping is golden and crisp. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:390 calories (180 from fat), 20g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 26g sugar), 4g protein
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