Vegan apple crumble pie!

Apple pie with crumb topping

A vegan take on the classic Dutch apple pie recipe. A sweet, cinnamon flavoured apple pie with crumbly streusel topping!

Course Dessert
Keyword apple pie with crumb topping
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Calories 480 kcal


For the pastry (sub store-bought pastry if desired):

  • 200 g Plain flour (1 + ⅔ Cups)
  • 110 g Vegan butter, cold (½ Cup)
  • 60 ml Water (¼ Cup)
  • Some rice or baking beans

For the filling:

  • 4 Medium green apples (I used Granny Smith)
  • Juice 1/2 a lemon
  • 330 ml Water (1 + ⅓ Cups)
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn flour/starch
  • 100 g Caster sugar (½ Cup)
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon zest
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

For the crumb topping:

  • 300 g Plain flour (2 + ½ Cups)
  • 175 g Soft brown sugar (2 tablespoons less than 1 Cup)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 200 g Vegan butter, cold (¾ Cup + 1 tablespoon)


For the pastry:

  1. Rub the butter into the flour to form breadcrumbs. 

  2. Add the water and combine with your hands to make a dough. Wrap the dough and chill it for 30 minutes in the fridge. 

  3. Preheat oven to 200°C/ 400°F.

  4. Once removed from the fridge, lightly knead the dough to warm it up and prevent cracks. 

  5. Roll out the dough (on a floured surface) to fit a 23cm pie dish and flute the edges using your fingers. Alternatively, use a flan or tart tin with fluted edges.

  6. Cover the pastry with parchment paper then add rice or baking beans on top to blind bake.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes then remove from the oven. Remove the paper and rice/beans.

For the filling

  1. Peel, chop and core the apples. Squeeze the lemon juice over them to prevent browning, then place to one side.

  2. Add the water, cornflour, sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon to the pan. Mix well before placing over high heat. (Make sure to add the cornflour while the water is still cold to prevent lumps forming.)

  3. Add the apples. Stir often until the mixture becomes slightly thick and the apples have softened slightly. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

For the crumb topping

  1. Mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Rub in the butter to form large breadcrumbs.

To bake:

  1. Turn the oven down to 180°C/ 350°F.

  2. Pour the filling into the pastry case. Pour the crumble topping to cover the apple mixture and pat down into place.

  3. Bake for 45 minutes until slightly firm on top.

  4. Leave to cool completely before attempting to cut into slices. 

  5. Once sliced, serve warmed up in the oven or microwave.

Recipe Notes

*Best served warmed up in the oven or microwave

*Can be stored at room temperature, covered with foil, for 2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Apple pie with crumb topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
* All values are an estimate only and will vary depending on the food brands used.