Citrus Apple Pie

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 4 Ratings
Serves: 6-8
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2 c flour
1 c packed brown sugar
3/4 c butter, melted
1/2 c quick oats
1 tsp orange or lemon zest (or half each)
1 Tbsp butter (to place on top of pie)
2/3 c sugar
1 1/3 Tbsp corntarch
1 1/4 c water (could use part orange juice for more intense flavor)
3 c peeled and diced granny smith apples
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange or lemon zest (or half each)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp apple pie spice

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Barbara Oseland Recipe
Full Flavored
Two Harbors, MN (pop. 3,745)
Member Since Sep 2011
Barbara's notes for this recipe:
Taking a few of my favorite flavors and making a very simple crust that involved no rolling was what this recipe was. I have made this with just lemon zest and juice with the apples, then also added in some orange zest and it was a hit! I also sometimes put the apple pie spice into the crust mixture. Really makes a difference when you just want a hint of flavor.
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Peel, core, and dice 3 cups (about 4 apples) of tart apples. Place these into a bowl and squirt some lemon juice on top to keep them from turning brown.
Combine flour, brown sugar, oats and zest. Slowly add in melted butter and mix well. Set aside 1 cup for topping and 1 tbsp butter to dollop on top. Press remaining crumb mixture into a lightly sprayed 9-in. pie plate and set aside.
Combine sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and water in a saucepan until smooth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir with a whisk for 1-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in apples, zest, apple pie spice and vanilla. Pour into crust; top with reserved crumb mixture and dollop with the 2 tbsp on top of crust. Bake at 350° F for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown

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user Pat Duran kitchenchatter - Feb 27, 2012
Great crust recipe too... thanks for sharing.
user Jo Tellinghuisen JoTell - Jul 2, 2012
Since I'm "pie crust challenged" I'm loving this recipe! I'm looking forward to trying it:)
user Bambi Pickard DatKoolBreeze - Sep 28, 2012
I made your pie filling the other day, but made it with Pop's Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust because I was dying to try that too. I used flavored sparkling apple-raspberry water for the water in the sauce it was wonderful. Next time I am going to try your crust I always add oatmeal to my crumb top so I think never thought about using it in the bottom too!
It was so yummy with the citrus added thanx!

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