⅓cupRed Hots Cinnamon Flavored Candy or Cinnamon Imperials
⅓cupApple Juice or water
¼cupApple Juiceor water
For the Crumb Topping
Prepare a 9″ pie shell and set aside. Make your own or store-bought works fine.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Put the cinnamon candies in a saucepan with ⅓ cup apple juice or water. Place the pan on a burner over medium heat to melt candies.
While the candies are melting, peel and slice the apples and place them in a large bowl. Drizzle juice from ½ a lemon over the apples.
When the cinnamon candies have melted mix together the cornstarch with the ¼ cup of apple juice or water. Add the sugar, salt, and cornstarch mixture to the cinnamon candies. Mix well and heat slightly.
Pour the cinnamon candy sauce over the apples and stir well. Let the apples soak in the sauce while you prepare the crumb topping.
Mix together the flour, sugar, and butter. Use a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingers and thoroughly incorporate the butter.
Drain the apples from the cinnamon candy sauce, reserving the liquid. Place the apples in the prepared pie shell. Measure ½ cup of the sauce and pour over the apples. Top the pie with the crumb topping.
Bake the pie for 45 – 55 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
You may want to line your lower oven rack with a piece of foil to catch any drippings.