10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

The judges awarded the top honors to Susan Brackett for her crumb-topped pie. Brackett used Cortland apples, but any tart apple will do. We found Pink Lady apples do nicely.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare crust, lightly spoon 1 1/2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; cut in 2 tablespoons butter and vegetable shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle surface with vinegar and ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until dough is moist and crumbly (do not form a ball). Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on 2 sheets of overlapping heavy-duty plastic wrap, and cover with 2 additional sheets of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll the dough, still covered, into a 12-inch circle. Chill the dough 30 minutes or until the plastic wrap can be easily removed.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 3

To prepare filling, combine granulated sugar and next 4 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt) in a small bowl. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apple; toss well to coat.

Step 4

Remove top sheets of plastic wrap from dough circle; fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray, letting dough extend over edge of plate. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Fold edges under, and flute. Spoon filling into crust.

Step 5

To prepare topping, combine 6 tablespoons flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in 3 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle topping mixture over apple mixture. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° (do not remove pie from oven); bake an additional 40 minutes.

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