Monday, October 8, 2007

Dutch Apple Pie

Ok, so I know I'm going a little overboard with the apple theme, but I LOVE this pie. It is so easy to make 'cause you don't have to make a traditional crust and it tastes like those dutch crumb donuts with apple filling. SOOOO yummy. The best part is that my family is not really into apple desserts so I get to eat them almost completely by myself! Enjoy!

Crumb mixture:
2 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup quick oats

2/3 cup sugar
3 TB cornstarch
1 1/4 Cup water
3 cups diced, peeled tart apples
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine the first four ingredients; set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 9 in. pie plate. Set aside.
For the filling, combine sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan until smooth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. (Use some judgment here. I like it kinda thick; and remember it will thicken a little more in the oven. If you like your apple pies runny, don't cook it for more than 1 minute).
Remove from heat; stir in apples and vanilla. Pour into crust; top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350 for 40-45 min. or until crust is golden brown.