Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Apple Crumble Pie

18 March 2008

I finally got myself a new tart pan and have been looking for recipes to try out. Frankly speaking, I don't really like baking stuffs that require me to use my hands to knead and roll, making my hands greasy and the table messy and got to wash up later. So I seldom bake cookies or tarts unless it is something that I would really want to try out.

After reading a couple of nice pies and tarts recipes, I manage to convince myself to get a tart pan and try baking my first tart - Apple Crumble Pie. I got the recipe from the Kitchen Capers Forum which I have just registered recently. A very interesting place to learn more about baking and cooking.

It's a three-step procedure for making this apple crumble pie. First, you have to make and bake the crust as the first layer. Second, cook the apples and fill them into the baked crust. Finally, sprinkle the crumble on top of the apple filling. Then, send it to bake.

And this is the nice and yummy looking apple crumble pie I've got. Hot and fresh from the oven. I must say this is a recipe worth trying. It is not too sweet and I like the combination of soft and crispy texture in one bite. I can't stop myself from taking a second piece after finishing the first. :)

Apple Crumble Pie
(adapted from Kitchen Capers and my previous apple pie)

Ingredients (bake in 8 inch tart pan)
100g butter
180g plain flour
25ml beaten egg

Apple filling:
2 large apples (about 220g each), peeled, cored and cut into cubes
2 tbsp brown sugar
sprinkles of cinnamon powder (I omit this)
lemon juice from a slice of lemon (I omit this)
some water
1/2 tbsp corn flour

60g butter
100g self-raising flour
4 tbsp sugar

1. To make the crust, sift the plain flour in a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until small crumbs are formed. Add the beaten egg and knead to form a dough. Roll and press dough onto the tart pan. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for about 8 minutes (or till the base is dry).
2. To make the filling, cook the apples with the rest of the ingredients with some water for about 10 minutes. Add cornflour to thicken.
3. To make the crumble, gently rub the butter and flour to form into crumbs and add sugar and mix well.
4. After crust is baked, pour in the apple filling and sprinkle top with the crumble. Bake at 200C for about 25 minutes till the top is nice golden brown.


  1. A very good-looking apple crumble pie!
    Bet it's really delicious :D

  2. They look great! I love apple pie/tart/crumble but I find it more convenient to buy them than to make them. Hee

  3. Hi! Your apple crumble pie looks delicious! :)

  4. looks great! i tried making crumble once and it turned out messy looking but really yummy!

  5. Hi,
    I like your apple crumble pie and how it was photographed. Very inviting!!

  6. yum yum..makes me wanna have a slice...:P

  7. Thanks everyone for the nice comments! Do try it if you have the time. :)

  8. Oh this looks really good! I'm a fan of apple bakes; tortes, pies, crumbles. They're lovely when fresh from the oven, aren't they? :)

  9. Very nicely done. 1 slice is never enough~! :D

  10. Thanks ovenhaven and rei! Yes, I'm still craving for more. :)

  11. hello! i tried the recipe but the pastry refuse to come together. and after baking and cooled, i slice it. after slicing, all the tart crust fell apart looking horrible. what did i went wrong? and is it alright if i reduce the amount of butter for the pastry?


  12. Hi En, oh no, I remember I did not face this problem when I made this last time. The crust is a bit difficult to handle. Rub in using cold butter helps. If the crust is too sticky, you can chill it for 20 -30 minutes before rolling and putting it into the pan.

    As for why the tart crust fell apart after baking, I'm not too sure. Could it be because you did not press the dough hard onto the pan? Or the pan size is different? Sorry not much help here as I seldom bake pies.

  13. hello! ya, the crust is difficult to handle. mine is not sticky. i doesnt stick together. i need to keep kneading but it keeps falling apart):

    i press onto the pan and it start cracking):


  14. Hi En, so sorry about that. I hardly make any pies and can't give you any good advice about it. This is the only recipe that I have tested. Maybe you can try other recipes, I'm sure they will be much better than mine. Didn't help you much here, really sorry! :)

  15. Hi!
    When i bake the tart in the oven at 180C for 8 minutes, must i put in the pie weights so that the bottom does not rise up when it is baking?

  16. Hi Weili,

    Yes, you might want to put the weights as it will puff up a little. Actually I did not do so. :)

  17. Hi!
    Oh okay, one last question tho, sorry! May i know why you use a fork to poke holes at the bottom of the tart pan as seen in your picture?