Maple Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel

I found this recipe that I had pulled out of a magazine and didn’t know where it had come from.  Thanks to the internet, I found it listed on epicurious.com and bonappetit.com. So, credit where credit is due. This is my version, I made a few changes. I really love the crunch of the streusel topping and the subtle maple flavor with the apples.

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/3 cup shortening
3-4 Tbl ice water
Mix together flour, salt and sugar. Cut in shortening. Add ice water 1 Tbl at a time, gently mixing with a fork. Make dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Roll out and line a deep dish pie plate.

Streusel:
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
3 Tbl pure maple syrup
pinch salt
7 Tbl chilled butter, cut into small pieces
Combine flour, brown sugar, maple syrup, nuts and salt. Cut butter pieces into flour mixture. Transfer 1/4 cup streusel to large bowl to combine with filling. Chill streusel while preparing filling.

Filling:
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbl pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp salt
6 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, quartered, sliced
1 Tbl butter
Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 400°.  In large bowl with the 1/4 cup streusel topping, add brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, coriander, allspice and salt.  Add apples and toss to combine all. Spoon filling into pastry lined pie plate. Dot with 1 Tbl butter. Sprinkle streusel over filling, press lightly.

Bake pie until apples are tender and streusel is crisp and golden brown about 1 hour. Cover with foil during baking if starts to get too brown. Let pie stand at least 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream.

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