I’ve always thought I was better at cooking “regular food” dishes rather than sweets. The reason for that has something to do with that I like to add “a little bit of this” and “a touch of that”- that doesn’t work well with baking.
I’ve learned over the years to discipline myself enough to become a pretty good baker! Anything we are willing to work on we can improve- (I have to keep telling myself this in other areas of my life lol) buuuuttt……….
If I look back to find the one thing that made me feel like I could cook, it wouldn’t be the trays and trays of cookies that I attempted to make and had to throw away- It definitely wouldn’t be all the cakes that I slid off the cake savers right into the trash while shaking my head disappointed for more wasted ingredients….
it was THIS apple pie.
It was the one thing I could take to a covered dish event that I knew everyone would like….and I took it everywhere! Picnic- no problem, I’ll bring my apple pie. Covered dish church event-apple pie. A covered dish at the office- oh, no problem, I’ll bring my apple pie. It was hilarious, and I like to think everyone enjoyed it.
As my love of cooking grew, so did my ability to make just about anything, and make it my own!
I noticed most apple pies have a cup OR MORE of sugar! If the apples are sweet, why are we putting all that sugar? I think a lot of times we do it because that’s how our moms or grandmas did it. Well, with the average American eating anywhere from 150-170 lbs of sugar per year, I think its time to do things a little different. This apple pie only has 5-6 tablespoons in it, and if you did a crust topping, it would only have 1-2!
For other pie recipes try my Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!
Spiced Apple Pie with Pecan Oat Crumb Topping
Apple pie filling
- 1 pie crust here's my homemade piecrust
- 4-5 red apples
- 2 Tbsp unbleached flour
- 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar depending on the sweetness of the apples
- 3 Tbsp refined coconut oil melted you could also use butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- Dash or 2 of nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp of pink salt or sea salt
Pecan Oat Crumb Topping
- 3/4 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1 cup oats
- 4 Tbsp butter melted (or melted refined coconut oil)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom like this one
- 4 Tbsp brown sugar
- A couple pinches of pink salt
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Make pie dough, and roll out and put in the pie dish. I'm using a deep dish pie plate.
- Peel apples, then slice them thin and put them into a large mixing bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil (or buttein a small saucepan and stir into the apples.
- Mix in the flour, and the spices, and set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl make the topping.
- Mix together all dry ingredients.
- Melt butter or coconut oil and pour over dry ingredients. Make sure nothing looks dry.
- Place apple mixture in prepared pie dish.
- Sprinkle crumb topping over the top evenly.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 35Continue to bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until apple are soft when a knife is inserted.
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