Unfortunately, nowhere near my small town sells this regularly and the photo I saw was from a restaurant in upstate New York. So, I improvised with what ingredients I had around the house.
Pumpkin seeds instead of pecans.
Chia seeds to add a little extra crunch.
Lime juice instead of lemon juice.
Welllll, because that’s the available ingredients I had.
After what some may call “market research” I had a 7/7 perfect rating taste test among my husband and colleagues. So much so that I’m pretty sure this will be the desert I’m making and taking to family holidays this year!
- 1 1/2 sticks butter melted(not margarine). Use leftover sticks to butter pan.
- 1 C all purpose flour
- 3/4 C raw pepitas
- 3/4 C brown sugar (I didn’t pack mine down)
- pinch of salt (I use course ground sea salt)
- 4 large apples, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- juice of 1 lime
- ice cream and/or whipped cream for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Use leftover butter to grease deep baking dish. I used a deep pie dish.
- In medium bowl, mix together flour, pepitas, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter and mix with a fork until texture is course and of a crumble consistency.
- Add apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lime juice to baking dish and stir until evenly coated. Spread into an even layer then top with crumble mixture. Bake for 1 hour until topping is crispy brown and apples mixture is bubbling.
Just as a side note of what I didn’t do: I did not pack the crumble topping down on top of the apples. I let is loosely fall wherever and however. I really wanted the topping to be light and as crispy-crumbly as possible. I also did not peel my apples.
Keep in mind that as you top your apples with the crumble, you CAN modify to your preference! I discarded about 1/3 of my crumble mixture because I was afraid that the topping was getting way to thick. If you prefer a thinner topping, use less crumble prior to baking and vice versa.
My ratio of apples to topping was 2:1. Obviously you can changing this to your personal preference as I am someone who likes more apples than anything.