Bottomless Apple Crumble Pie

Warm, tender apples and autumnal spices get cozy under a buttery oat topping in this classic bottomless apple crumble pie. We love serving this nostalgic dessert for any occasion, especially when we need something that doesn’t require much forethought or specialized ingredients but still delivers flavor in spades.

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Bottombless Apple Crumble Pie

Bottomless Apple Crumble Pie

  • Author: Nicole Muvundamina
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Scale

Ingredients

For the apples

1300 grams / 3 lbs. ginger gold, granny smith, or other apple, peeled, cored, and sliced into ” slices

8 grams microplaned or minced ginger (no need to peel)

3 small blades of crumbled mace OR 10 swipes of fresh nutmeg across a fine microplane

40 grams / 3 lightly packed tablespoons dark brown ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

16 grams / 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

8 grams / ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the oat topping

90 grams / ¾ cup all-purpose flour

90 grams / ¾ cup freshly milled or store bought whole wheat flour 

248 grams / 1 ¼ cups rolled oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

232 grams / 1 cup dark brown sugar

142 grams / 14 tablespoons cold butter

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Room temperature butter, for the pan

Whipped cream, creme fraiche, or ice cream, for serving


Instructions

Bottomless Apple Crumble Pie Ingredients including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, butter, oats, flour, cast iron challenger bread pan, and bowl of apples

Make the topping
Preheat the oven to 375°F / 190°C. Place a sheet pan on the rack beneath where you’ll be baking the crisp to catch any juices that may bubble over.

In a medium bowl, mix together all of the oat topping ingredients by hand, using your fingers to rub the butter into the dry ingredients, until everything is well mixed, clumpy, and crumbly. Set aside.

Make the apple filling and assemble the crisp
In a large bowl, mix all of the apple ingredients together until well combined. Liberally coat the bottom of your Challenger Bread Pan with softened butter, then fill it with the apple filling. Sprinkle half of the oat topping over the apples (keep the other half in the freezer for future crisps and other uses).

Bake
Once the oven is fully preheated, place the crisp in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until apples are tender and juices are bubbly.

Bottomless Apple Crumble Pie served with Ice cream

Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. We love serving this with creme fraiche, ice cream, or with whipped cream that’s been whipped with a touch of sour cream and honey.

Nicole Muvundamina is a freelance baking instructor and recipe developer specializing in sourdough and freshly milled whole grain baking. Armed with a tabletop stone mill and a pantry overflowing with grains, she is on a mission to introduce people to the fantastic flavors and characteristics that come along with fresh, whole flour. To see what grain-based tomfoolery she is getting herself into each day, follow her on instagram at @nmuvu.

Nicole Muvundamina is a freelance baking instructor and recipe developer specializing in sourdough and freshly milled whole grain baking. Armed with a tabletop stone mill and a pantry overflowing with grains, she is on a mission to introduce people to the fantastic flavors and characteristics that come along with fresh, whole flour. To see what grain based tomfoolery she is getting herself into each day, follow her on Instagram at @nmuvu.


Notes

Apple selection: We happened to have some gorgeously crisp, sweet tart ginger golds from a rural farmstand in Georgia on hand when we made this, but choose whatever apples are available to you locally that fit that crisp, sweet tart bill. Our favorite grocery store variety to use here is Granny Smith. 

Oat topping: We wrote this recipe to make twice the oat topping you’ll need for one crisp because we like to plan ahead. Use half for this crisp and keep the other half in the freezer to cut town on prep time for your next crisp, or use it to top coffee cakes, muffins, and yogurt.

Keywords: Pie, Apple Crumble