Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust

4 large cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 cup Sucanat or organic sugar, divided (1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine apple slices and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium sized bowl. Combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and flour (1/4 cup) in a small bowl; stir well. Sprinkle over the apple mixture and add vanilla; mix well. Place mixture into unbaked pie shell.

Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the 3/4 cup flour in a bowl; stir well. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles course meal. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over apple mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Cover edges of pastry with strips of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake an additional 30 minutes.