Speedy Streusel Apple Pie
1 pkg. (15 oz.) refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts), divided
1 egg white, lightly beaten
¼ cup pecan halves, chopped
¾ cup plus 2 TBSP sugar, divided
1 ¼ tsp cinnamon, divided
5-6 medium red baking apples (Jonathan, Rome or Braeburn), about 6 cups sliced
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
3 TBSP cornstarch
Preheat oven to 400. Let pie crusts stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Gently unfold one pie crust onto lightly floured surface. Roll to an 11 ½ inch circle. Place in pie plate (not metal) pressing dough into bottom and up sides. Brush with egg white over bottom and halfway up sides of crust.
For streusel, dice remaining pie crust (it’s not necessary to unfold it). Place in bowl. Add chopped pecans, 2 TBSP sugar and ¼ tsp of cinnamon; toss and set aside.
Core and slice apples leaving peels on (or off). Cut apples into quarters. In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, and vanilla; toss to coat. In small bowl combine cornstarch, remaining ¾ cup sugar and remaining tsp. cinnamon; mix well. Add sugar mixture to apples stirring to coat evenly. Spoon apple mixture into crust; sprinkle evenly with reserved streusel.
Microwave on HIGH 8 minutes or until apples are very hot, rotating dish after 4 minutes. Remove pie from microwave; immediately place on bottom rack of conventional oven. Bake 18-22 minutes or until topping is deep golden brown. Remove from oven; let stand at least 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; if desired. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream.
Yield: 8 servings.
- This time I used Granny Smith apples and peeled them. Princess Sparkley is not a fan of apple peels.
- I don't think I had enough apples. Buddy ate a lot as we sliced. It calls for 5-6, I think we used 4 1/2 larger apples. But we definitely needed more.
- I love the streusel top, but it seems like I come up short on it to cover the whole pie. But two whole crusts for the top seems like a lot. Maybe one and a half? I wonder if you could freeze that other half again, or just make cinnamon sugar crisps with it?