I think the test kitchen should tweka this crust recipe. I suspect the canola oil and Neufchatel are the ingredients causing problems.
Oatmeal-Nut Crunch Apple Pie
From EatingWell: October/November 2006
This decadent pie is loaded with juicy apples and adorned with a streusel-lover's crunchy topping. The pie is best served the day it's made. If you're short on time, look for a ready-made whole-wheat pie crust in the freezer section of the store.
5 Reviews for Oatmeal-Nut Crunch Apple Pie
Oops, I see I should have read your blog on healthier pie crust.............I used the food processor rather than your by hand directions.........that is indeed where I went wrong resulting in my hard crust. Like I said though.......the taste was still there anyway!
Wonderful pie except........the crust came out rock solid! It may have been my fault, as I'm neither an expert with WWF and I always prep my crusts in a food processor, plus when they are done, I usually turn the oven off and just leave them in there to set up better. I had no problem rolling out the crust between the wax paper [great idea for this particular crust] but I did have to add one more tablespoon of water to bring it together, which may have been the reason others had problems.
The taste of the crust was so good however, that I still believe this pie is AWESOME! It's probably the first apple pie I've ever made that wasn't "swimming" in juice, making it difficult to cut. Also, the apple flavor completely came through, possibly because of the minimal amount of sugar, and brown at that! The crumb topping was superb. I didn't have frozen oj, instead using 2 tablespoons of canola oil infused with 1 teaspoon of dried orange zest. The directions for this pie were so clearly described that except for my hard crust problem, it was excellent. I will just buy a crust the next time or skip the WWF.
I baked this delicious pie yesterday and it is as good as it is nutritious! Thanks for the forgiveness upfront about the crust. Mine was a disaster so I found one at Whole Foods Market and it worked great for this pie. I will be making it many times in the future.
This is a most flavorful pie, made even more enjoyable by the realization that it is very low in fat. My efforts at making the crust according to the recipe were unsuccessful, however, Luckily, I found a whole wheat crust in the frozen food section of Whole Foods Market; in fact, the package contained two crusts, so I froze the other. It was perfect, unlike my lumpy, dry concoction that never came together. The sweet, crunchy, crumbly topping was a delight and just what I hoped it'd be ! I'll make this one many times!