French Apple Pie

This is not your typical apple pie.

It’s not even your typical crumbly-topped apple pie.

The filling in this pie is almost like a custard, with apples.  It’s good.

French Apple Pie from Eat It and Say Yum


I got the original recipe for this from my sister-in-law, but it called for canned apples (not apple pie filling), and it didn’t make a very big pie.  So, I had to make some changes to make a larger pie and to use fresh apples.  Also, the original was too sweet for me.  So, I fixed that as well.


Beginning with the crust…  You partially bake the crust shell, before it has the filling in it.  So you need to use pie weights.  While the pie dough is chilling in the fridge you can prep your parchment paper.  I just traced a dinner plate.

Parchment paper for using pie beans or rice

Trace and cut.

parchment for weighting a pie

After chilling the dough for about 15-30 minutes roll it out and get it into your pie pan.  Prick it with a fork, to prevent bubbles while baking.

pierce the crust with a fork

Then add the parchment paper, and pie beans (special beans meant for this purpose), or dry rice, or dry beans both work as well.

Then bake so the crust is just partially done.  Carefully remove the parchment paper, and all the rice/ beans.

rice to weight the pie crust

For the filling…  The apples in this pie are cooked to aid in the custard-y texture.  You can steam them, like in the picture below.  Be warned, this method takes about 10-20 minutes.

steam the apples

Or you can throw the apples in some boiling water, doesn’t even need to cover the apples.  This method only takes 1-2 minutes.  That’s my preferred method.

boil the apples

Once the apples are fairly tender,  (You can easily poke through them with a fork.)  pour the apples into a strainer to get rid of the liquid.  Then add them to a large mixing bowl and mash away.

mash apples for pie

You don’t need an even consistency.  I kind of like the apples in different sizes.  Just don’t make applesauce.

mashed apples for pie

Add the remaining filling ingredients to the apples.  Pour into the partially baked pie crust.  (After removing the rice or beans.)  Bake for 40 minutes.

French Apple Pie- unbaked

While the pie is baking, you can make the crumbly topping.

Crumbly Pie Topping

Sprinkle the topping on the pie, and bake again.

Crumbly topped French Apple Pie

After baking the crumbly topping melts and makes this amazing crispy top.

French Apple Pie

French Apple Pie


  • Crust: 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Filling: 5-7 medium to large granny smith apples
  • 2-3 Tbs flour (2 Tbs for 5 apples, 3 for 7 apples)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Topping: 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. Crust: Cut butter into flour until coarse crumbles form. Slowly add water, and continue to mix until dough comes together into a ball and can hold it’s shape. (A food processor works great for this!)
  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least 15 minutes (up to 30 is good). Prepare your parchment paper to weight the crust.
  3. Roll dough out on a floured surface. Roll out big enough to fit your pie pan. There will be left over dough after trimming off the excess around the edges. Shape the edges of the crust. Fit parchment to the dough, and fill with dry, uncooked rice or beans. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Carefully remove the parchment and rice/ beans.
  4. Filling: Peel and slice the apples. Place in steamer for 10-20 minutes, or in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Apples should be fork tender.
  5. Drain the apples, and place them in a medium- large mixing bowl. Mash them with a fork or potato masher. Don’t make applesauce, just make chunks of various sizes.
  6. Using the measurements from the filling ingredients- Add the flour, sugar, salt, egg, and vanilla. Mix together with the apples. Then add the sour cream and stir.
  7. Pour filling into the partially baked pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. While pie is baking, make the topping.
  8. Topping: Using measurements from the topping ingredients- Cut the butter into the flour, both sugars, and cinnamon. Continue until it resembles coarse crumbles. See photo.
  9. Remove pie from oven after baking for 40 minutes. Sprinkle topping over the baked filling. Bake again at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

This pie is great served warm, but you can let it cool to room temp if you want to make this ahead of time.  It goes great with ice cream, too!

Slice 'o' French Apple Pie Eat It and Say Yum

And a little glimpse into my life.  I can’t take a picture without a child trying to jump in there.  And of course there is always stuff on the counters and tables… and floors.  Please do not show up to my house unannounced.  Ever.

French Apple Pie and Real Life

But do, please make this pie!  I promise it’s good divine!

French Apple Pie 00

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25 thoughts on “French Apple Pie

  1. this sounds really good! i don’t usually like apple pie — i’m more of an apple crisp kind of gal, but this looks like a good cross between the two. 🙂

    1. I’m all about the apple crisp, too! There’s only ever been a couple of apple pie’s I’ve liked, and this is one of them! Probably because of the crumble topping. But the crust is amazing too. Try it out!

  2. I made this for Thanksgiving (along with your Oreo pie) and they were both a huge hit! I’m definitely making this again!

  3. This recipe looks interesting – far different than my french apple pie (my mother taught me over 50 years ago). I will have to try it at least once – although it is one of two or three pies I excel in making. Thanks for sharing.

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