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I loved the Andy Griffith TV show and when Sheriff Taylor talked about “good old apple crumb pie”, I longed to have a slice.  Something about the way he said “pie” made it sound even more delicious.  Remember, he thought maybe that was what Aunt Bee brought for lunch when instead she had brought some of her not-so-good pickles.  And Helen Crump baked one for a picnic.  In honor and in memory of Andy Taylor, Aunt Bee and Helen Crump, here’s my version:

MOM’S GOOD OLD APPLE CRUMB PIE

  • Pastry for 9-inch single crust pie*

Filling:

  • 7 cups tart apples (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Topping
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup butter, cut into cubes

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and flour.  Using your fingers, mix in the butter until small crumbs are formed.  Set aside.
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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Peel, core and thinly slice apples.  Place in a large bowl and add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, flour and sugar.  Mix together and set aside for 10-15 minutes.

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Stir apple mixture and spoon into unbaked pie shell.
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Top with sugar/flour/butter topping mixture, covering all of the apples.

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Place on a flat pan to catch spills and bake @ 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool. 

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Actually, I baked two apple pies because the only kind of pie my son-in-law and two grandchildren will eat is my regular apple pie.  Click here for the recipe.

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*My favorite pie crust recipe.