Filled with three different varieties of apples, this apple pie has next-level texture and flavor. A simple mix of butter, brown sugar, flour, and oats creates a topping with sublime texture and crunch. 

Martha Stewart Living, November 2021

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Credit: Nico Schinco

Recipe Summary test

prep:
1 hr
total:
11 hrs 45 mins
Yield:
Makes one 9-inch pie
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Ingredients

Pie Filling
Crust

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • For the Filling: In a large heatproof bowl, toss together apples, granulated sugar (use 1 cup if your apples are very tart), salt, vinegar, and spices. Let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for at least 3 hours, or refrigerate (covered) up to 24 hours.

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  • Stir flour into macerated apple mixture, then set a colander over another bowl and drain, reserving liquid. Transfer liquid to a small saucepan; return apples to bowl. Bring liquid to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened to the consistency of loose pudding, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir back into apple mixture.

  • For the Crust: Preheat oven to 400°F, with a rack in bottom third. On a lightly floured surface, roll out disk of dough 1/8 inch thick (about 13 inches in diameter). Fit it into a 9-inch pie dish. Trim overhang to 1 inch, fold edges under, and crimp as desired. Brush edges of crust with egg and fill with apple mixture; refrigerate for 15 minutes (to help crust hold its shape in the oven).

  • For the Topping: In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add flour and oats and beat to combine.

  • Crumble topping over filling and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and bake until golden brown all over and bubbling in center, 50 to 60 minutes more. (If the top browns too quickly, tent it with foil.) Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely, at least 6 hours.

Cook's Notes

The secret to next-level filling is combining different apple varieties. The ideal mix ranges in taste from sweet to tart to good, old-fashioned apple flavor, and includes some firm ones that hold their shape, so you don’t wind up with pie full of applesauce.

Try one of these formulas for the filling in this pie: 

1 1/2 pounds Braeburn (sweet-tangy and firm) + 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith (tart) + 1/2 pound McIntosh (classic apple flavor)

or

1 1/2 pounds Golden Delicious (sweet-tangy and firm) + 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith (tart) + 1/2 pound Macoun (classic apple flavor)

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