Honey Bear’s birthday happens to fall on the same day autumnal equinox and true to the fruit of the season, he asked me to bake him his favorite French apple pie in lieu of a traditional birthday cake. The streusel topping makes this pie seem so fancy and sophisticated, when in reality it’s extremely easy to make, especially when using a store-bought pie crust. I typically bake French apple pie for Honey Bear’s birthday or on the “food” holidays; but this recipe is so good I might make it again for Halloween 🎃
Apple pie filling:
- 5 apples (I used small to medium sized Gala apples)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup raw sugar + ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp allspice
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 store-bought 9 inch pie crust (not pictured)
French crumb topping:
- ⅓ C butter (6 tbsp) diced into cubes
- ⅓ C brown sugar
- ½ C flour
- 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
In a pan, melt 1 tbsp of butter. Add 5 chopped apples and 1/4 cup each of raw and brown sugar. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of allspice and a pinch of nutmeg onto the mixture. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until apples are tender. Set aside.
Prepare the french crumb topping by placing 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 3/4 tsp + 1 /4 tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg into a mixing bowl. Drop in 1/3 cup (6 tbsp) of cubed butter.
Mix until crumbly, using fingers or a fork.
Pre-heat oven to 375º. Place pie crust on a baking sheet and fill it with the cooked apples. Top with French crumb mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes. (set your timer!) Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite ice cream.
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