‘Tis the Season

With the holidays in full swing, I wanted to do a quick post for a fabulous pie that we made over Thanksgiving. This was such a hit and I recommend it for any dinner party you host or need to bring a dessert to. It is so easy and a nice twist to the traditional apple pie thanks to marzipan and the crunchy crumb topping. We bought the pie shells at Draegers for efficiency sake and doubled up the ingredients for two pies. As an option for guests we offered vanilla bean ice cream and insanely rich dulce de leche sauce to pour over the top (a lovely gift from my client.) Pure bliss!

Serves 8

Time 25 minutes to assemble ; 50-60 minutes to bake


1-7 oz box Odense Almond Paste
1 unbaked 9″ pie shell, chilled
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup uncooked oats
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
6 tablespoons cold butter, 1/4″ pieces
1/4 cup granulated sugar
5 baking apples, peeled, cored, sliced


Wax paper
Pastry cutter


Preheat oven to 375°F.
Shape Almond Paste into flat disk. Roll out to 9” disk, between 2 sheets of wax paper.
Press disk into bottom and up sides of pie shell. Refrigerate.
For topping combine flour, oats, brown sugar, almonds, and half of cinnamon. Cut butter into mixture until crumbs are formed.
For filling mix sugar with remaining cinnamon, toss with apples and pour into pie shell.
Spoon topping over apples. Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden brown*. Here is a video of the pie…please disregard the boring music.
* If top is browning too quickly, loosely tent with foil.
IMG_7710 IMG_7705IMG_7709 My rolling pin was a bridal shower gift from my aunt. All the guests signed it and wrote a message on it. After everyone signed it, she shellacked the rolling pin. Such a clever and creative gift for the bride-to-be. IMG_7707IMG_7708IMG_7712IMG_7714 Look at that perfect crunchy delicious top! And the smell….oh my!