By now when Em hears the words “Babe I just had a genius idea!” come out of my mouth she can begin to queue up her eye roll.(I think I am pretty smart so I say this more often then I should) This time I didn’t get an eye roll though. “Apple Crisp Pie!” I said. My genius plan routine usually starts off with my a spark of an idea, then I verbalize the idea to Em to see how stupid it sounds out loud, then I google the idea to find out 550,000 people already had this idea. This time I didn’t google it because I just wanted to ignorantly believe I am the only person in the history of time to have this great idea!
The reason this idea excited me so much was because I love apple pie but I can’t make pie crust look pretty to save my life. I have tried homemade dough, premade dough, crimping sides, whatever I try it always comes out looking like a Pinterest fail. They taste great but they just don’t look that good. The combination of oats, brown sugar, and butter is always great so why not combine these two together, that was my thought.
The beginning of this genius idea started with Norah’s friend Kate and her parents inviting Em and the kids over to pick apples from their tree. It was wonderful to get a big bag of homegrown apples to try out some new recipes with!
Our Apple Crisp Pie picking team
It is always a welcome surprise to get a bunch of apples gifted to us to use! I don’t have any facts to support these numbers but my best guess is we spend 50% of our income on apples and apple related things. Ok probably not but Norah being the smart girl she is has learned the one snack I almost never say no to is an apple and of course if Norah is getting one you can bet Spencer will need to have one too. You would think having the last name McIntosh would warrant some type of lifetime apple discount but so far I have not found anyone willing to provide this.
Now armed with wonderful homegrown apples and a genius idea it was time to get to work. I will admit to cheating with this recipe. I used a premade frozen pie crust from the grocery store that I had. I do make my own pie crust at times but the problem I was having was I wanted Apple Crisp Pie in my stomach asap and patiently waiting for homemade pie crust to be ready wasn’t in the cards this night.
Step one was to peel, core and slice the apples thin. These apples were small so I used about 12 apples total. The total weight of the apples once sliced was 1.5 lbs. The apples slices went into a bowl and in with them went 3/4 cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg and they got stirred together to coat the slices.
Next I buttered a 9 inch pie pan and rolled out the 1 pie crust into the pie pan and pricked the bottom with a fork. Into the pie crust went the apple slices. They should mound up a little over the top of pie pan.
Now in the same bowl that had the apples I put 1.5 cups old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup brown sugar and 6 tablespoons diced cold butter. I mixed those together mostly with my hands until butter was incorporated. I spread this mixture on top of the apples to form the top of my pie. Next I daintily press the pie crust edges down with a fork on the side of the pan to try (in vain) to make this pie look pretty. Lastly I sprinkled some more white sugar on top of the crisp before it went into the oven.
Looking at this now, I was pretty sure this was my first genius idea that would pan out.
Into the oven at 350 degrees it went. I checked it regularly and ended up taking it out at 45 minutes and it was just right. The apples stayed together and the apple juices, sugar, and butter created a great syrupy inside to the pie.
After it came out I let it cool on the counter for what could be described as the longest 30 minutes of my life before tearing into it. I was so excited to try it I forgot one thing. I didn’t take pictures of it for the blog! This turned out to be the smartest mistake I made as it gave me an excuse to make it again the next day!
- 1½ lbs peeled, cored thin apple slices (about 12 small apples)
- ¾ cup white sugar and little extra for sprinkling on top
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 9 inch pie crust
- 1½ cups old fashioned oats
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter diced cold and little more for buttering pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out pie crust into bottom of buttered 9 inch pie pan and prick bottom with fork.
- In a bowl mix apple slices with white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Place sugar and spiced apple slices into pie pan on crust.
- In same bowl mix oats, brown sugar and butter until combined.
- Spread oat mixture on top of apple slices covering the top of pie.
- Sprinkle a little white sugar on top of pie.
- Place in oven and cook for approx 45 minutes until golden and done.
- Allow to rest 30 minutes before slicing and eating!