My favorite apple pie topping is by far a streusel topping. But don’t just limit it to apple pie. It also is goes great on peach, blueberry and many other pies. In fact it also goes great on muffins, where I also top it with crystalized or raw sugar.
It is really simple to make. Take one stick of butter and, 2.5 oz. of sugar and 2 oz. of brown sugar and put them in your mixer. Turn it on and walk away for about 15 or 20 minutes, until the sugar has creamed into the butter. Dry blend ¼ tsp. salt, ½ tsp cinnamon, and ½ pound of pastry flour (you can use all purpose, but pastry is better). Then work the dry mixture into the creamed butter with your hands until you have coarse crumbs. Then throw it on a sheet pan and stick it in the fridge overnight to let a dry out a bit.
You can then portion it into baggies and throw it in the freezer for when you need it. Or just use it right away. If you cook it by itself on a baking sheet it also makes a great topping for yogurt or oatmeal.
Bon Appetit! Johnny