Apple Crumb Pie

Apple Crumb Pie, or Dutch Apple Pie, combines flakey pie crust, perfectly spiced apple filling, and a sweet streusel topping for the ultimate fall dessert. I’m not much of a fruit pie baker, or eater for that matter. If I’m picking out a pie from our local pie bakery, it’s usually banana cream or coconut …

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Apple Crumb Pie, or Dutch Apple Pie, combines flakey pie crust, perfectly spiced apple filling, and a sweet streusel topping for the ultimate fall dessert.

I’m not much of a fruit pie baker, or eater for that matter. If I’m picking out a pie from our local pie bakery, it’s usually banana cream or coconut cream.

However, there is one type of fruit pie that ranks right up there with my beloved cream pies and that’s an Apple Crumb Pie. Some bakeries around here also refer to them as Dutch Apple Pies, but I’m not sure if that’s a regional thing or not.

As I said, I’m not much of fruit pie maker, so I turned to my friend Stephie for a little help with this recipe because pies are totally her thing. And since I love Apple Crumb Pie, I wanted it to be perfect before sharing it here with you!

Serve this Apple Crumb Pie for Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or whip it up on Tuesday afternoon and serve it all week long – just don’t forget the vanilla bean ice cream!

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Mini Pecan Pies

Whether you’re hosting a smaller gathering this year or are simply looking for a twist on the traditional dessert spread, these Mini Pecan Pies are just begging to be added to your Thanksgiving menu! You’ll never believe how easy these sweet, bite-size pies are to make. This post is sponsored by Karo® Corn Syrup. Thank …

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Whether you’re hosting a smaller gathering this year or are simply looking for a twist on the traditional dessert spread, these Mini Pecan Pies are just begging to be added to your Thanksgiving menu! You’ll never believe how easy these sweet, bite-size pies are to make.

Overhead view of mini pecan pies on a white platter, set next to a bottle of corn syrup on a countertop

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I don’t know about you, but the last couple of years have brought me to a place of really appreciating simplicity.

I think many of us have come to cherish our families even more and value every moment we get to spend with them.

So even though I am still planning to cook for Thanksgiving this year – I am who I am, ok? – I think that I’m going to be looking for ways to keep it simple so I can spend less time in the kitchen and more time laughing around the dinner table with my loved ones.

That means an easy breakfast like Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole, simple appetizers and sides like Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip and Cranberry Fluff, and these fuss-free Mini Pecan Pies for dessert.

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Apple Pear Crisp

Apple Pear Crisp combines tart apples and sweet pears for a delightful take on the traditional fall crisp.  As soon the temperatures turn fall-like, Apple Crisp automatically becomes the most popular dessert in our house. And because of that, I always have the essentials on hand to make it on a whim. My husband happened …

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Apple Pear Crisp combines tart apples and sweet pears for a delightful take on the traditional fall crisp. 

Bowl of apple pear crisp, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, next to a glass of milk

As soon the temperatures turn fall-like, Apple Crisp automatically becomes the most popular dessert in our house. And because of that, I always have the essentials on hand to make it on a whim.

My husband happened to pick up a bag full of beautiful pears from our local fruit stand, but they started to ripen way quicker than we could eat them, so I decided to put them to good use and whipped up this Apple Pear Crisp over the weekend.

We love to serve Apple Pear Crisp with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce, but it’s perfectly delicious on its own, or with a little dollop of homemade whipped cream.

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Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

These Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings will bring back memories of Grandma’s house! Whole apples are wrapped in pastry and baked with plenty of spices and a delicious syrup for a recipe full of nostalgia. A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with my friend, Stephie about apple recipes and she asked me if I had …

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These Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings will bring back memories of Grandma’s house! Whole apples are wrapped in pastry and baked with plenty of spices and a delicious syrup for a recipe full of nostalgia.

Spoon pouring sugar syrup over the top of a plated old-fashioned apple dumpling

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with my friend, Stephie about apple recipes and she asked me if I had a recipe for apple dumplings on My Baking Addiction.

At this point, it’s kind of hard to keep track of all of the recipes that I’ve posted throughout the years, but a quick search made me realize I’ve never shared a recipe for Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings, so naturally we had to change that.

Stephie loves baking pies from scratch, which might just be one of my least favorite things to bake, so I turned to her for a little help with this recipe since it involves pie dough.

She assured me that store-bought pie dough would be just fine for this recipe if I didn’t feel like making my own – spoiler alert – I did not feel like making my own. But I can tell you store-bought pie crust made one heck of an apple dumpling and it was a huge time saver. If homemade pie crust is your thing, I bet it might be even better!

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Toffee Apple Dip

Looking for a sweet treat to go with the apples you gathered on your latest visit to the orchard? Whip up this super easy Toffee Apple Dip; made with tangy cream cheese and sweet toffee bits, this dip is the perfect pairing for crisp fall apples. Although we haven’t made our annual trip to the …

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Looking for a sweet treat to go with the apples you gathered on your latest visit to the orchard? Whip up this super easy Toffee Apple Dip; made with tangy cream cheese and sweet toffee bits, this dip is the perfect pairing for crisp fall apples.

Apple slice dipped into a white bowl of toffee apple dip, surrounded by sliced apples

Although we haven’t made our annual trip to the orchard just yet, we have been all about apples over here due to our daughter learning about Johnny Appleseed at school.

We had a few at-home projects to complete for the apple unit which included taste testing a variety of apples, so we’ve kind of been on a serious apple recipe kick over here in order to use them all up.

After going a on a hunt for the little caramel apple dip cups I got to thinking about an apple dip I tried years ago at a work potluck. Although I didn’t have the exact recipe, I vaguely remembered what was in it and got to work testing a Toffee Apple Dip that was similar to the one that I remembered from that work potluck so many years ago.

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Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers are easy to make with puff pastry and a flavorful apple filling. Bake them immediately or freeze them to bake whenever you get the craving for a warm, flaky apple breakfast or dessert! As soon as it’s fall, I typically go all in with loads of pumpkin desserts, but this year, I’ve decided …

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Apple Turnovers are easy to make with puff pastry and a flavorful apple filling. Bake them immediately or freeze them to bake whenever you get the craving for a warm, flaky apple breakfast or dessert!

Baked apple turnovers on a piece of parchment paper

As soon as it’s fall, I typically go all in with loads of pumpkin desserts, but this year, I’ve decided to momentarily put pumpkin on pause and share some delicious apple recipes first.

My little one has been learning all about Johnny Appleseed at school, so we’ve been taste testing different apple varieties and researching ways to keep sliced apples from browning in her lunch box.

So far, we’re loving the brining method from the Kitchn where you simply dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt into 1 cup of cold water and let the sliced apples soak in the salty water for 10 minutes. Then I give them a rinse, bag them up and toss them into her lunch box.

You’re probably wondering if they’re salty, right? Nope, a quick rinse removes any hint of salt and this little trick definitely prevents browning.

Since we’ve had a lot of apples on hand this week, I decided to whip up this recipe for easy Apple Turnovers. They’re simple, delicious and the perfect breakfast for fall.

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Easy Apple Dumplings

What happens when you combine sliced apples, crescent roll dough, and ginger beer? One of the easiest and best fall desserts! These Easy Apple Dumplings are quick to make and are always a crowd favorite. If you happened to catch my Classic Zucchini Bread recipe post, you may remember me telling you how ready for …

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What happens when you combine sliced apples, crescent roll dough, and ginger beer? One of the easiest and best fall desserts! These Easy Apple Dumplings are quick to make and are always a crowd favorite.

Easy apple dumplings topped with a scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce nestled in a cream bowl

If you happened to catch my Classic Zucchini Bread recipe post, you may remember me telling you how ready for fall I am.

Despite last week’s hot an humid temps, I’m thinking we’re finally easing our way into my favorite season. Although we haven’t headed to our favorite apple orchard just yet, I did happen to have a bunch of Granny Smith apples on hand a couple of weeks ago and decided to whip up these Easy Apple Dumplings.

This simple recipe comes together super quickly which makes it the perfect weeknight dessert and it is enough to get even the tiniest of helpers involved.

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

This Fresh Strawberry Pie is one of the best ways to show off those sweet summer strawberries. This recipe is made without jello and pairs the strawberries with a pretzel-pecan crust for a slice of pie inspired by strawberry-pretzel salad. If you’ve been following My Baking Addiction for any length of time, you’re probably well …

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This Fresh Strawberry Pie is one of the best ways to show off those sweet summer strawberries. This recipe is made without jello and pairs the strawberries with a pretzel-pecan crust for a slice of pie inspired by strawberry-pretzel salad.

Close up of an assembled and set fresh strawberry pie garnished with mint leaves

If you’ve been following My Baking Addiction for any length of time, you’re probably well aware of the fact that I don’t post many pies around here. Pie crust just isn’t my thing even though I kind of really wish it was.

But if I can skip the typical pie crust and sub in a delicious crust loaded with pretzels, pecans and graham cracker crumbs, I’m all in.

This no-bake Fresh Strawberry Pie is bursting with gorgeous summer strawberries and is sure to quickly become your new go-to summer dessert!

Ingredients for a pretzel and graham cracker pie crust on a kitchen towel

STRAWBERRY PIE WITHOUT JELLO

When I shared my No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake with you, I told you how I paired it with a crust made from graham crackers, pretzels and pecans inspired by Strawberry Pretzel Salad.

Of course that made me wonder how that crust would be on a strawberry pie. And when an idea like that gets in my head, it won’t leave until I make it happen.

Spoon stirring together the ingredients for a pretzel and graham cracker pie crust in a glass mixing bowl

Even though my Strawberry Pretzel Salad uses jello, I wanted to try to make a strawberry pie without any gelatin in it. I know not everyone is able to eat jello and I figured I could work out a way to make a pie that sets well without it.

Instead of using jello to set the pie, my Fresh Strawberry Pie filling uses:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

That’s right, there are 2 full pounds of strawberries in this pie! I don’t joke around when it comes to fresh summer strawberries, ok?

Hand using a metal measuring cup to press a pretzel and graham cracker pie crust into a springform pan

HOW TO MAKE THIS FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE

This Fresh Strawberry Pie is completely no bake. Even the crust!

Start by mixing together graham cracker crumbs, coarsely chopped pretzels, chopped pecans, granulated sugar, and melted butter for the crust. Press that into the bottom and part way up the sides of a springform pan.

The first time I made this pie, I put it in a regular pie plate. But getting a clean slice out was really hard, so I gave it a try in the springform pan. Trust me, it’s much easier to cut and serve this way!

Ingredients for fresh strawberry pie filling arranged on a wooden table

I like to pop the crust in the fridge to chill while I make the filling.

To make the filling, puree 1 ½ cups of the fresh strawberries in a blender or food processor. Add the boiling water, cornstarch, and sugar and puree until smooth.

Add this mixture into a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil it for 3 minutes and don’t stop stirring it! 

Fresh strawberry pie glaze being stirred by a spatula in a saucepan

After it has boiled for 3 minutes, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let it rest for a few minutes while you prepare the rest of the strawberries.

Stir the strawberries into the glaze and immediately pour this into the crust. Chill the pie for 2 hours before removing the outer ring of the springform pan, cutting and serving with homemade whipped cream.

Spatula stirring together fresh strawberry pie filling in a white mixing bowl

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS PIE

I have made this pie a few times now, so I have a few tips and tricks to share:

  • If you don’t want to use the pretzel crust, use a graham cracker crust instead. I love the sweet-salty combo of the pie filling with the pretzel crust, but it’ll still be delicious with a more traditional graham cracker crust!
  • Press the crust into the pan with the bottom of a measuring cup. Using the flat bottom of measuring cup will help you really get the crust packed in tightly and will help make it more even than if you used your hands.
  • Look for smaller strawberries. Smaller strawberries are often sweeter and will be easier to prep for this pie. If you can only find large strawberries, I would cut them into quarters or even eighths so the pie is easier to cut and serve later.
  • Don’t skip the boiling water. This recipe calls for boiling water for a reason! I tried making it without boiling the water first and it didn’t set as well. I couldn’t tell you the science behind it. All I can say is that I’ve tested it multiple times and this is what works for me.
Fresh strawberry pie with a slice cut out of it

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD?

Fresh Strawberry Pie really needs to be eaten the same day it is made. Once it sets, you can wait a few hours before slicing it, but it’s best to serve it within several hours. Otherwise, the strawberries start to weep.

The leftovers will still taste good the next day, but the texture won’t be as nice. 

Slice of fresh strawberry pie, topped with a dollop of whipped cream, on a black plate

You will also need to keep this pie chilled until serving it and you cannot freeze it for later.

If you’re looking for a pie that uses your summer berries and can be made the day before, check out this baked strawberry pie.

Consider this recipe to be one of those rare treats you make when strawberries are at their peak. It’ll be worth it!

Overhead view of assembled fresh strawberry pie on a wooden table, surrounded by forks and napkins
Close up of an assembled and set fresh strawberry pie garnished with mint leaves

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Yield: 1 9-inch pie
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

This Fresh Strawberry Pie is one of the best ways to show off those sweet summer strawberries. This recipe is made without jello and pairs the strawberries with a pretzel-pecan crust for a slice of pie inspired by strawberry-pretzel salad.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pretzels
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, tops removed, divided use
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Prepare the crust:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, chopped pretzels, pecans, and sugar. Stir in the melted butter until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and ½ inch up the sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Set in the refrigerator to chill while preparing the filling.

Prepare the filling:

  1. Place 1 ½ cups of the berries into the bowl of a food processor or blender and puree. Add the sugar, boiling water, and cornstarch and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture starts to boil, continue to boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture will be very thick and should become less cloudy and more jam-like as it cooks.
  3. After 3 minutes, remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and allow the glaze to cool while you prepare the rest of the strawberries.
  4. Cut the remaining strawberries depending on their size - cut very large berries into eighths, and smaller berries into quarters or halves. (See note) 
  5. Stir the cut strawberries into the glaze and pour into the prepared crust. If desired, arrange the strawberries cut-side down.
  6. Chill the pie for 2 hours, until the glaze has set. 
  7. Keep the pie chilled until ready to serve. Pie is best served the same day it is made. Serve with fresh whipped cream.

Notes

You can leave berries whole or in larger pieces, but the pie will be harder to cut and eat.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 31mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 3gSugar 34gProtein 3g

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Forget buying bottles of ranch at the store when making it at home is so easy. This Homemade Ranch Dressing is quick to make and delicious on everything. If you happened to catch my last post for Homemade Ranch Seasoning, you might be wondering what to do with that seasoning. And trust me, you’re not …

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Forget buying bottles of ranch at the store when making it at home is so easy. This Homemade Ranch Dressing is quick to make and delicious on everything.

Ranch dressing being poured over the top of a cobb salad

If you happened to catch my last post for Homemade Ranch Seasoning, you might be wondering what to do with that seasoning.

And trust me, you’re not alone as I have already received numerous comments asking how to make Homemade Ranch Dressing with the Homemade Ranch Seasoning.

You knew I wasn’t going to leave you hanging, so today I’m sharing a seriously delicious recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing that you’ll make over and over again!

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Homemade Ranch Seasoning is easy to make and convenient to keep on hand. Use it for dips and dressings or in any recipe that calls for a packet of ranch seasoning. My girl is obsessed with all things ranch. And while she’s loved Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing as a dip for fresh veggies for years, …

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning is easy to make and convenient to keep on hand. Use it for dips and dressings or in any recipe that calls for a packet of ranch seasoning.

Spoonful of ranch seasoning mix balanced on the side of a bowl of seasoning

My girl is obsessed with all things ranch. And while she’s loved Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing as a dip for fresh veggies for years, she’s recently wanted to try all the ranch things after I showed her Dawn Farmer’s TikTok (@dawnnfarmer).

If you aren’t familiar with Dawn, she is a young girl that lives in the U.K. and is known for trying American snacks. After trying ranch dressing for the first time, she too became obsessed with it and people starting sending her every available ranch product from American grocery stores.

Now Elle and I like to browse our local grocery stores for ranch flavored items and we’ve been having so much fun taste testing new to us products like ranch popcorn seasoning, Ranch Corn Nuts and Ranch Pringles and Ranch Veggies Straws. So naturally I thought, let’s try to make our own Homemade Ranch Seasoning.

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