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Warm apple crumble pie

Warm apple crumble pie
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

At the end of last winter (when it was hard to find local apples), a reader requested the warm apple crumble pie from Josie Restaurant in Santa Monica, calling it "one of the best desserts I've ever had." Now farmers ... Read more

Total time: 2 hours, plus at least 2 hours chilling time | Serves 4

Pate brisee

  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Step 1Cut the butter into half-inch cubes and dust with about one-fourth cup of the flour. Chill until the butter is very cold and firm.

Step 2Place the remaining flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the chilled butter mixture and, using quick pulses, process until the butter pieces are the size of peas.

Step 3Add the ice water 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to pulse until the mixture barely comes together and you can still see large streaks of butter.

Step 4Gently press the mixture together to form a circle about one-half-inch thick. Wrap well with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

Crumble topping, apple filling and assembly

  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and frozen
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons flour, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 recipe pate brisee

Step 1For the topping, combine the butter, one-fourth cup sugar, brown sugar, one-half cup flour and one-eighth teaspoon cinnamon in the bowl of a standing mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until the mixture starts to come together. (The butter will still be in large pieces.) Chill for at least 1 hour.

Step 2Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the apples in a bowl. Add the remaining one-fourth cup sugar, lemon juice, the remaining one-fourth teaspoon cinnamon and remaining 2 teaspoons flour and toss together.

Step 3Cut the dough into four equal pieces. Roll each to a round about one-eighth-inch thick. Gently line four individual deep-dish pie pans with the dough. Add the apple mixture and top with the crumble topping. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour, until the crumble is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

Note: The recipe requires four individual deep-dish pie dishes. The restaurant uses fluted tin brioche molds.


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