Y’all, anybody can make this pie. The best thing about it is that if you like baking, you probably already have all the ingredients. Flour, white sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, baking soda, salt, oil, and water. That’s it!
I’d made this pie before. This picture is from then:
I used a pre-made crust the first time because I had one lying around that I needed to use up. It tastes great whether you buy the crust or make your own. This time around I made the crust and it was very easy and delicious.
The recipe comes from “The Lost Art of Pie Making, Made Easy” by Barbara Swell. My mom gave me this book for my most recent birthday. Thanks, Mom!
If you’d like to make this pie, it takes about 30 minutes hands on time. You may be able to do the prep quicker if you are an experienced pie-maker, but I’m new at this so here goes:
Pennsylvania Dutch Vanilla Crumb Pie:
3/4 c. each of white and brown sugar
One very heaping Tbs. flour
1 1/2 c. water
Combine in saucepan. Slowly bring filling to a boil, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and add 2 tsp. vanilla. Set aside while you make the crust and crumb topping.
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Incorporate together with a fork. Set aside while you prepare the crust.
1 c. pastry flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. vegetable oil
Mix flour and salt, then stir in oil until evenly mixed. Add water and mix well. Put the dough into the center of a 9 inch pie-pan. Pat and spread the dough until it just covers the rim of the pie plate. **In this case I used regular all-purpose flour, and olive oil instead of vegetable oil (because we just moved and I didn’t have any on hand). It turned out lovely and didn’t taste olive-y at all.
Pour syrup into your unbaked crust. Spread crumbs evenly on top. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.
I made this pie for John, because I remembered he loved it. As it was cooking the house smelled like caramel and vanilla. We ate it while it was still warm. Delicious.
This recipe can easily be adapted for vegans by switching margarine for the butter. Its a great treat for guests! Enjoy!