As soon as I started the pumpkin madness of fall, my son has been begging me to make a pumpkin pie. Who doesn’t love a creamy pumpkin pie? This week I caved and finally made the boy what he has been asking for. But I can’t just make a regular pumpkin pie, I have to make it something extra special. Since I love the way the pumpkin and apple butter works together to create the perfect flavors of fall, I decided to put them together in this Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie with Crumb Topping. And it did not disappoint!
I love that my kids are so excited to try out my new recipes. I couldn’t ask for better critics. I’m pretty sure my son is a restaurant critic in the making, he loves to evaluate the food as he eats it and then give me feedback. We can usually expect comments like, “I love the creamy texture of the pie and the crust is flaky and delicious” or “I can really taste the flavors of the apple butter in this”. Then he will sometimes proceed to tell me how to explain it on “my blog” as he refers to it! I just laugh at my helpful little food critic, blog aficionado, 1st grader.
The addition of apple butter in the pumpkin pie creates a really rich flavor. The pumpkin still shines through, but the creamy, caramely apple flavor is there to help intensify it beautifully. There is just something amazing about the combination of two of falls most loved flavors.
Then I decided to dress it up even more. As you may have noticed, I am a big fan of crumb toppings, especially in the fall. I love how, while baking, the crumb topping creates a warm sugary crust on the top of the pie and it also makes it just look pretty! And we all know that pretty things taste better 🙂
So now that you know this Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie with Crumb Topping has received 5 stars from the most revered food critic of the west, you should definitely give it a try! It’s still a simple pumpkin pie, but with a fancy twist to make your Thanksgiving guests say, “Wow”!
If you want to really make this pie special, make sure to put it in a homemade pie crust. I know they can be scary, but I have shared all my tips and tricks with you here so you can make the best homemade pie crust ever, super tender and flaky, and really easy once you know what you need to look out for. And I show you how to do it with whole wheat flour. The slight nuttiness of the whole wheat pie crust really adds to the intense fall flavors of the pie. Go ahead and give it a try!
For Crumb Topping
For Crumb Topping