Easy Apple Crumb Pie

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This Apple Crumb Pie is one of my go-to easy dessert recipes.  I love this recipe because you don’t have to make a traditional pie crust.  Instead, you make the crust right in the pie plate and it’s…well…easy as pie!

This recipe is actually a spin off of the Blueberry Crumb Pie that I posted a few months ago.  This pie was such a hit that I’ve been making it non-stop ever since.  I really love that you can play around with the fillings, too.  You could easily make this into a cherry, peach or strawberry rhubarb pie.  The possibilities are endless!

One thing I found is, this pie will easily come out of the pie plate if you use an even coating of PAM cooking spray.  I use PAM for most everything in the kitchen.  I love the stuff.
Of course, I learned the hard way.  A number of years ago, I was pregnant with my son and decided I was going to make traditional recipes for Christmas — a Kransekake to honor my Norwegian heritage and ravioli to honor my Italian roots.

Kransekake is a wreath cake made from eggs, almonds and sugar.  It’s a tower of concentric rings layered on top of each other.  It’s really quite beautiful.  It requires special pans to make it.  The cake is not like any American cake.  It’s hard to the touch but soft and chewy on the inside.

So, there I was armed with my authentic Norwegian cake pans and a dough that I made by painstakingly translating and converting the measurements from their metric equivalents.  I carefully rolled it out and placed in the pans and put it in the oven.  I watched through the door as it baked into a beautiful golden brown.  I was so excited!

When it came time, I carefully removed the cakes from the oven and waited for them to cool a bit.  The whole house had a wonderful almond aroma.  I was so proud of myself!  If instagram was around then, I would have been sending photos of my materpiece into cyberspace.

Then, I attempted to remove the rings from the cake pans.  Those suckers weren’t budging! I tried to carefully run a knife under them to loosen it.  No dice.  By this time, I was hot (with pregnancy hormones coursing through my body) and extremely frustrated.  I could not get the rings out of the pan!

To make a very long story short, my rings finally come out — in pieces and the whole thing was a mess.  I may or may not have thrown one or two across my kitchen in a pregnant hormonal rage.  I plead the fifth.

If only I had thought to spray the pans with PAM my beautiful cake would have come out and I would have been able to serve my family a traditional Norwegian treat.  Needless to say, we did not enjoy a homemade Kransekake that year (or any year there after — I’m still scarred).  Instead, I wait for my Aunt Kirsten to bring one over when she visits.

From that point forward I use PAM on everything!  I love that their new and improved formula has zero calories per serving and now leave up to 99 percent less residue buildup than margarine or bargain brand-cooking sprays while still offering superior no-stick results.

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53 thoughts on “Easy Apple Crumb Pie”

  1. Once I forgot the sugar in my pumpkin pies…yeah we had squash pie. I had to run to the store last minute and buy 2 deli pies! 🙂 haha!

  2. My biggest mishap was underestimating the cooking time. Instead of eating a noon it was nearly 6 and we were all cranky because we were hungry!

  3. My biggest baking mishap was when trying a new piecrust recipe. I was in a rush, so I didn’t chill the dough. Horrible, sticky mess that took forever to clean.

  4. My hubby dropped our cheese cake once! My kids were heartbroken lol then they got mad at me since I would let them scoop it off the floor!!

  5. My biggest mishap was the first year my husband and I were married, and I made his favorite pie (sweet potato) and I failed to put any sugar in the pie! I will never forget the look on his face as he took his first and only bite. Trust me when I say, he has gotten way too much mileage out of this story! We have now been married 29 years and I have turned out to be a pretty good cook, but I will never live that down!

  6. The first year I was married, I wanted to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home for me and my husband. But I’d never cooked Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey. So when the turkey came out of the oven just before dinnertime, my husband found it HILARIOUS that I had left all the giblets and the neck inside. I didn’t know they put body parts inside the turkey before they sold it to you and that I’d have to go scavenging inside the carcass to retrieve them! That was almost 20 years ago and apparently it’s just as funny now as it was then. *sigh*

  7. The year we had my entire family here for Thanksgiving. (all of our children, grandchildren, my mom, my sisters & all of their children & grandchildren) One of the dishes I had fixed was a banana lush. I had just finished it so it was still on the counter & not in the fridge yet. Our cat jumped up on the counter, landed right in the pan & then of course jumped out & ran all over the house. HUGE mess. No banana lush. 🙁


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