Dutch Apple Pie consists of perfectly seasoned and cooked apples piled and baked in a flakey pie crust with a homemade crumble topping.
What’s the difference between a Dutch Apple Pie and a traditional Apple Pie?
Dutch apple pie has a tasty streusel or crumble topping, and regular apple pie has a flakey pie crust on top, just like the bottom. Both are delicious in their own way.
What is Dutch Apple pie?
Dutch Apple pie is a delicious pie made with seasoned cooked apples in a pie crust topped with crumble or streusel topping. Some even add nuts to the top. Dutch apple pie is believed to have been enjoyed since 1514, as a book was found with the recipe.
Dutch Apple Pie Ingredients:
- Pie Crust – You can use homemade or store-bought pie crust.
- Granny Smith Apples – we prefer to use Granny Smith, as they hold up well. See Best Apples for Baking for more apple options.
- Lemon Juice – You can omit this if you don’t want the added tartness, but it also helps slow the browning as you let the flavors meld into the apples.
- Granulated Sugar – We use regular granulated sugar, but if you’re vegan, use cane sugar.
- Light Brown Sugar – We do not recommend using dark brown sugar for this pie.
- All-Purpose Flour – We haven’t tested this with any flour alternatives.
- Salt, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Vanilla Extract – This helps season and flavor the apples and pie.
- Crumble Topping – We make this using all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, Kosher salt, and some cooled melted butter.
How to make Dutch Apple Pie
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a 9-inch pie pan by lining it with pie crust and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the apple pie filling ingredients and then toss the apples in it.
Let it sit for about 10 minutes before filling it into the pie crust.
While the filling is marinating, combine all of the ingredients for the crumble topping in a bowl using a fork or a pastry cutter.
It should be chunky and crumbly.
Now you can sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples in the pie crust. Prevent the crust from burning by placing foil around the edges.
Bake the pie for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F, then reduce to 350 degrees F, and cook for another 45-55 minutes until the apples are tender.
Allow the pie to cool for at least an hour as the filling will thicken as it cools.
Recipe Tips and Alterations:
- Use foil around the edges of the pie to prevent the pie crust from burning.
- Use a firm apple like Granny Smith, as they hold up well. See Best Apples for Baking for more apple options.
- You can top it with a dollop of whipped cream, Cool Whip, or even a scoop of ice cream for Apple Pie a la Mode.
- This pie is always a hit. We always double the recipe and make two pies!
Storage and reheating tips:
- Refrigerate: Refrigerate any leftover Dutch apple pie for 3 days.
- Reheating: To reheat Dutch apple pie, we suggest placing it into an oven-safe container and bake in a 350 degree F preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Freeze: After baking and thoroughly cooling, wrap the pie in aluminum foil and place it into a freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 4-6 months.
How to serve:
This is the perfect dessert after any fall meal or party. We love to serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.
Frequently Asked Questions
We do not recommend using canned apple pie filling for this recipe.
We use and recommend Pillsbury Pie Crust.
To make vegan, use vegan butter and vegan pie crust. Also, to make this into a dairy free apple pie, you can use dairy free butter and a dairy free pie crust.
Dutch Apple Pie
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- 1 pie crust
Apple Pie Filling
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare a 9-inch pie pan with the pie crust and refrigerate until ready to use.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the apple pie filling ingredients, toss the apples and let it sit for 10 minutes before filling into the pie crust.
- While the filling is marinating together, combine all of the ingredients for the crumble topping with a pastry cutter or fork until chunky and crumbly.
- Add the apple pie filling into the prepared pie crust and then sprinkle with the crumble mixture.
- Cover the outer crust of the pie with foil to prevent it from burning and place the pie plate onto a baking sheet to catch any drips.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F and then reduce to 350 degrees F and cook for another 45-55 minutes.
- Allow the pie to cool for at least an hour before enjoying as the filling will thicken nicely as it cools.
The nutritional information is automatically calculated and can vary based ingredients and products used. If the nutrition numbers are important for you we recommend calculating them yourself.