Dutch Apple Pie is a delicious dessert recipe! Tender apples in a flaky crust with a sweet crumble topping.
What is Dutch Apple Pie?
Of all our favorite apple recipes, Dutch apple pie is near the top of the list!
The difference between a traditional apple pie and a Dutch apple pie is mainly in the topping. While this recipe varies from a dutch apple pie made hundreds of years ago in a dutch oven, it’s definitely a favorite in our kitchen.
A dutch apple pie has either streusel crumb (or a lattice crust) and is spiced with warm spices. It’s also cooked in a deep pie dish, making it visually stunning as it’s sliced and served. Optionally, you can stir in some raisins if you’d like!
Apples for Pie
What kind of apples are best for pie?
- Honeycrisp or Braeburns cook a little softer and have a sweet flavor. They tend to be juicier.
- Granny smith apples stay firm when baked and have a tart flavor.
How to Make Dutch Apple Pie
- Line a deep-dish pie pan with pie crust or pastry.
- Filling: Prepare apples and toss with sugar, flour, and spices (per recipe below).
- Topping: Whisk flour, brown sugar, and white sugar in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter (or two butter knives) cut the butter into the topping mix until large crumbs have formed.
- Sprinkle the streusel crumbs over the apples and bake until the edges are crusty and the topping is golden brown.
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice can be added to the apples for flavor if desired.
- Ensure butter is cold for the topping.
- If the topping is soft and somewhat powdery, it needs to be mixed more. It should hold together in crumbles.
- Chopped nuts can be added to the streusel mix for a little extra crunch. We recommend toasting walnuts in a sauté pan so they stay extra crunchy. Once cooled, chop them and add to the topping.
Make Ahead & Leftovers
- The best way to store leftovers is to keep the pie covered in the refrigerator and it will keep about 4 days.
- Reheat in the microwave or serve chilled.
- Dutch apple pie can be frozen by wrapping it after it has cooled from the oven by wrapping it in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. It will keep for about 4 months.
- It can also be assembled raw and then frozen by wrapping it the same way.
Amazing Apple Desserts
- Apple Crumble – with a homemade streusel
- Apple Cobbler – prepped & in the oven in 20 minutes
- Apple Pie Recipe – 5-star recipe
- Apple Dumplings – melt-in-your-mouth delicious
- Easy Apple Cake Recipe – so easy to make
- Apple Hand Pies – a handheld pie
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Dutch Apple Pie
- 1 single pie crust
- 2 ½ pounds Granny Smith apples about 6 apples
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ cup raisins optional
- ⅔ cup flour
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ⅓ cup cold butter
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a deep-dish pie plate with pie crust.
- Peel and core apples. Slice into ⅛" slices. Toss apple slices with sugar, flour, spices, and raisins if using. Place apple slices in prepared pastry.
- Mix flour, brown sugar, and white sugar in a bowl. Add butter and combine using a pastry cutter to break down the large pieces of butter.
- Work ingredients with hands until large crumbs have formed. If the mixture is powdery it needs to be mixed longer.
- Sprinkle the crumbs over the apples.
- Bake 50-60 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)