Governor Tryon's Humble Crumble Apple Pie

Governor Tryon's Humble Crumble Apple Pie

It was a mistake!  And one I have come to rectify, so far as I may!"  Tryon was standing his ground, jaw tight as he glared upward.

"A mistake.  And is the loss of an innocent man's life no more than that to ye?  You will kill and maim, for the sake of your glory, and pay no heed to the destruction ye leave -- save only that the record of your exploits may be enlarged.  How will it look in the dispatches ye send to England -- sir?  That ye brought cannon to bear on your own citizens, armed with no more than knives and clubs?  Or will it say that ye put down rebellion and preserved order?  Will it say that in your haste to vengeance, ye hanged an innocent man?  Will it say there that ye made 'a mistake'?  Or will it say that ye punished wickedness, and did justice in the King's name?"

The Fiery Cross (Chapter 72 - Tinder and Char)

Nothing can ever bring back The Thrush.  Not Claire's care, Jamie's anger, Bree's love, nor Tryon's land.

Most likely not even late 20th Century surgery...should Roger ever get back (again) to see what the doctors have to say.

sliced apple pie

At the same time, for an 18th C man of status such as Governor Tryon to admit a mistake of any size, never mind one that amounts to state-sanctioned (attempted) murder, shows that the man has at least a sense humility.

As does his devotion to duty, when we learn about his promotion to New York, and that he will most likely never return to North Carolina.  He really didn't have to deal with any of it.


But none of that really matters, does it?

A most beautiful voice has been choked, and the physical body and spirit of a truly honourable and humble man have been nearly destroyed -- yet again -- under all the horror the 18th Century and its sense of justice can muster.

As an historian, Roger knew better than Claire, Bree, even Geillis, what he was getting into by going through the stones.  And he went anyway.

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”  Thucydides - circa 5th Century, BCE


One of the earliest recipes for apple pie is from the late 14th Century, about the same time Chaucer began writing Cantebury Tales.  The apples were tossed with figs, raisins and pears, heavily spiced, lightly sweetened with honey or cane sugar (a very expensive ingredient at the time -- approx $50/lb in today's prices), coloured with saffron and cooked in a pastry "cofyn."

Emigrants to the New World packed ship holds with barrels of apples, chosen for their storage and cooking qualities, to plant in their new homes.  Those first early trees grew into a tradition that is associated with the American way of life all over the world.


I've never been a fan of 2 crust apple pies, so I opted for a nutty crumble topping, all the better to rhyme with humble. :)

If you prefer, simply double the crust recipe, and Bob's your Uncle.

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30 Aug 2012 - 12:56pm

Aaron Brown

looks de-lish!!! Thanks for sharing!

Anna Lapping

Alan's favorite pie, (well maybe after lemon curd tarte). I should make one for him for our 38th anniversary which is Friday, Aug 7th.

Anna Lapping

Oh, BTW. We went to New Bern, NC and visited Tryon Palace last year in September for my birthday. Very interesting place.

Anna Lapping

Thank you, Theresa. I will do my best to not throttle him in the next two days so we can make it to that anniversary!

30 Aug 2012 - 3:47pm


This looks wonderful! I'll be making this verra soon! Thanks!

03 Sep 2012 - 2:04pm


This will be a perfect addition to my Labor Day picnic supper.... Thanks a bunch.nnI so hoped in the books that DG would have a surgeon's's fix for Roger's voice when he and Bree returned to the 20th. C. Oh well . .. . . . . .nnHelen in Ark.

04 Sep 2012 - 6:00pm

Melissa H.

I tried this recipe this weekend and is it ever delicious! And the crumble? Awesome! I never tried to make a crumble out of nuts.... Yum! :) The only thing is, I let the pie crust rest in the fridge overnight, and when I tried to roll it out the next morning, it kept cracking.... but it doesn't matter because it's yummy anyway! :)


Melissa, I'm glad you liked it! Did you let the crust sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes after you took it out of the fridge? That should allow the dough to soften slightly before you roll it out.

Melissa H.

Yes I did! I suppose I should have left it there for a bit longer... I ended up working it with my hands before rolling out the dough... seemed to work out okay, although there were still a few cracks here and there around the edges...

05 Sep 2012 - 4:45pm

Mindy Reed

Made this a couple days ago and I can not even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it!!!! I have been itching to make it again because it was so easy and fun and tasted delicious! And since my husband has been raving about it to everyone he's seen lately, I'm thinking I shoul make a few and give them away. This is for sure my go to recipe now!!! Thanks so much!!


Great news, Mindy! There's no better way to make a new or old friend happy than with pie. :D

06 Sep 2012 - 11:52pm


That looks soooo yummy. But I don't know... I'd feel the pain in Roger's throat with every bite. Though the ice cream'll help it go down... :-)

26 Nov 2012 - 2:37pm

Taking On Magazines

Swoon, swoon, swoon, swoon, swoon. I like the double-crust, but I can do a nutty crumble just as easily. It looks amazing.

03 Dec 2012 - 12:57am


Totally delish but it overflowed all over my time will use 1 less apple AND put some sort of pan under it that catches overflow...had to make it nutless as DH is allergic but was still yummy with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!

23 Aug 2014 - 12:50am

susan griffin

This is great! We use only 18th century receipts in the Kitchen Office at the Tryon Palace. Hoping to find a version similar to yours in order to bake one hearthside.

24 Aug 2014 - 8:19pm

Carol Mackey

Theresa, I just sent (via facebook) this to my granddaughter, who, with my son and daughter-in-law (and her almost-three twins, my great-grandkids), went apple picking today in oHIo ("round on the ends, high in the middle"), where she is visiting her folks (she lives in Indiana). We're all originally from Michigan, I live in Colorado now. The pie will be amazing, I know--when prepared and consumes in Indiana later this week. Telecommunications today boggles my mind! Oh, and as I was adding a comment to the share, I got facetimed by my daughter-in-law and great-granddaughter, who were having a tea party and invited me to join them! Even my use of language has changed! lol!! Will make the pie with some good Michigan apples when I visit my sister there next week. Her grandkids will love it--especially with the caramel sauce.

24 Nov 2014 - 2:03am

anita ledbetter

I have granny smiths would that be ok?

10 Aug 2014 - 7:38am


What would you recommend for the person who cannot add nuts to the crumble? In order to bulk it up, I'll need to substitute something and I don't want to mess it up.


What about seeds, Joanie? Can you eat those? Pumpkin or sunflower would be my suggestion.

18 Nov 2014 - 4:41am

Diane Davis

Looks so good will have to try some of them. Made an apple pie in a skillet and will try it in a dutch oven in the summer.

19 Nov 2014 - 10:44pm


Re-reading your comments from 2012, before publication of _Written in My Own Heart's Blood"Nothing can ever bring back The Thrush. Not Claire's care, Jamie's anger, Bree's love, nor Tryon's land. Most likely not even late 20th Century surgery should Roger ever get back (again) to see what the doctors have to say." Little did you know that Roger would receive some measure of healing back in the 18th century from a time-traveling healer with Blue Light power! Still not able to belt out ballads, but hopefully he speaks and swallows with more ease. BTW, the pie looks delicious!

04 Jan 2015 - 5:38pm

Katie Neil

I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful pie. I brought it to Christmas dinner and folks are still talking about it. It was easy to do and delicious to eat. I love your recipes!

07 Mar 2015 - 5:43pm


Theresa, just popping in to say how great your "Gov. Tryon's Humble Crumble Apple Pie" is. Boys, we loved it..!!

12 Sep 2015 - 4:32am

Alice Watkins

I'm happy to meet someone else who is not a big fan of pie crust. Most everyone I meet thinks I'm crazy. But apple crisp and apple brown betty and apple dumplings even (I never claimed to be consistent) are just fine. Now if I can only find others who like both cheese and ice cream on their apple desserts I will be all set. Don't knock it until you've tried it. Sweet and salty is a great combination.

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