Dutch Apple Pie
I couldn’t get too deep into November without a pie recipe. Here in America, pie might as well have its own corner of the food pyramid wherever Thanksgiving holidays are concerned. Luckily, I have my all-time FAVORITE apple pie recipe to share today: Dutch Apple Pie. This recipe is an excerpt from my first book, Her Daily Bread, and I’ve basically been waiting all year to share it. Let’s get started!
First of all, who died and made apple pie reign supreme? Is there any dessert more quintessentially fall? While pumpkin is divisive and chocolate is more of an annual offering, if you ask me, apple is just right this time of year. My rendition features a homemade pie crust, a generously spiced apple filling, and a buttery brown sugar crumble on top. The end result is a pie with loads of flavor and texture- the perfect treat to serve to the masses.
If you’re new to pie baking or just really want to take you skills to the next level, be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make pie dough. Here, I share the ins and outs of making, rolling, braiding, crimping, baking, and storing pie crust. For example, did you know it’s not too early to make and freeze your doughs?! TRUE STORY! I highly recommend the tutorial for anyone wanting a home run pie.
Once you know how to make a crust, you can start by making one! This Dutch apple pie calls for a single crust because the topping is 100% streusel. No par-baking required here, just roll out and crimp the dough, freezing it briefly while you prepare the filling.
The filling is apples, sugar, spice, and lemon juice. I like to use golden delicious apples, but you can opt for any of your faves! Braeburns and jonagolds are also very popular- just make sure you have plenty to fill this pie to the brim. Once your filling is made, finish it off with the crumble. Melted butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt make up the streusel. It comes together in a bowl before topping the pie. More crumble is more better, IMO.
After an hour bake, the pie needs a little time to set up. I usually give it 4 hours, but you can also let it rest overnight. Slice and serve warm pieces with scoops of vanilla or no-churn cinnamon maple ice cream. It’s a super comforting and cozy pie, perfect for this time of year. And even though this is pie szn, this is the only pie I’ll be sharing for the rest of the year! If you need a few more pie recipes to round out your repertoire, be sure to check out the archives of this site or pick up a copy of my book! Her Daily Bread is nearing its first birthday, and I couldn’t be happier to celebrate with you all. In the meantime, happy baking and happy fall!
If you like this Dutch apple pie you should try:
Caramel Apple Pie
Brown Butter Apple Tart
Apple Crumb Bars
Cheddar Apple Pie
Dutch Apple Pie
This Dutch apple pie features a homemade pie crust, a cinnamon apple filling, and a brown sugar and butter streusel topping.
- Prep Time: 25
- Cook Time: 60
- Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Yield: 9 Servings
- Category: Dessert
For the filling:
- 1 recipe for homemade pie dough (see below) or 1 refrigerated deep-dish single pie crust
- 8 cups peeled, ¼” thick apple slices (I use Golden Delicious apples)
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeeze lemon juice
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
For the crumble:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- Move one rack to the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees Farenheit. If possible, preheat a baking steel or heavy bottomed sheet pan on that lower rack.
- Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into a 1/8-1/4” thick circle about an inch larger than your deep-dish pie plate on all sides. Roll the dough loosely back onto the rolling pin and lift it into the pie dish. Gently fit the dough into the pie plate and trim off any excess dough leaving a 1” border around the edge of the dish. Fold the lip of the dough under so that it extends just over the edge of the pie plate and crimp the edges as you prefer. Place the dish in the freezer while you mix up your remaining elements.
- In a large bowl, toss to combine the apple slices, brown sugar, sugar, flour, and apple pie spice. Pour the mixture evenly into your prepared pie crust and place in the fridge while you prepare your crumble.
- In the same bowl that you tossed together your filling, combine the crumble flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut the butter into the flour until the butter is integrated a sandy mixture with pea-sized clumps for. Sprinkle the topping onto the apple filling. Bake the pie on the preheated baking steel or sheet pan until the crust is brown and the filling in the center of the pie is bubbling, about 60-70 minutes. If you notice your crust gets too brown before the filling is bubbling, you can use a pie crust shield or a ring of aluminum foil to careful cover that outer edge to prevent burning. Allow the pie to cool completely, at least 4 hours, prior to cutting and serving with ice cream, if desired.