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citrus apple pie

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Barbara Kavorkian
Two Harbors, MN

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.

★★★★★ 4
serves 6-8
prep time 25 Min
cook time 45 Min

Ingredients For citrus apple pie

  • 2 c
  • 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
  • 1 1/3 Tbsp
  • 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

How To Make citrus apple pie

  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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