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French Apple Pie

Liz Quick
This is a recipe that is perfect for those cozy fall days when you want a delicious comforting desert without a lot of fuss. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
0 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 1 9-inch pie
Calories 297 kcal


  • 1 pastry cutter
  • 1 9-inch pie plate
  • 1 small saucepan


  • 1 9-inch pie crust
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 8 medium Granny Smith apples, sliced

Crumb Topping

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • cup cold, unsalted butter, cubed



  • Preheat your oven to 425°F. Place your pie crust in a pie plate.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk until you have a paste. 
  • Add the water and sugars to the pan and bring to a boil to thicken the sauce. Allow the sauce to simmer for 1-2 minutes. Let the sauce cool to warm.
  • Put your apples in a large bowl and toss them with the warm sauce.
  • Fill the pie shell with the coated apples.

Crumble topping

  • Put your topping ingredients in a small bowl and create course crumbs with a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingers.
  • Top the apples with the pie topping.

Bake Pie

  • Cover the outer edge of your crust with aluminum foil by cutting out a circle that only covers the outer crust.
  • Bake the pie for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the aluminum foil, reduce the oven heat to 375°F and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the pie is cooked through.
  • Cool for 30 minutes before slicing.


  • Brush a beaten egg over the edge of the pie crust to get that deep, golden brown color.
  • While baking apple pie, you might have some spill over, so place your pie dish on a rimmed baking sheet for easy cleaning. Or, you may use a deep dish pie plate to prevent the apply filling from bubbling over.
Keyword dutch apple pie, french apple pie