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You Need to Try This Dutch Apple Pie Recipe


You Need to Try This Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Dutch Apple Pie might just sound completely wrong to those who think of apple pie as being American. However, the recipe has origins in British culture and wasn’t brought to America until years later, well after the dessert became popularized in several other cultures- including Dutch culture.

In fact, it was the Dutch, along with the English and Swedes, who brought the pie to America in the 17th and 18th centuries. This was years after the first Dutch apple pie was made.

The first Dutch apple pie dates back to the Middle Ages. Back then, the pie was made from a simple recipe that used only apples, pie crust, cream, and several spices.

Since then, chefs have worked with the recipe to come up with two main Dutch varieties, crumb and lattice, which refer to how the pie is topped. However, in American culture, a Dutch apple pie specifically refers to one with a crumb streusel topping.

This Dutch Apple Pie recipe is a wonderful change from standard two crust apple pies. Topped with a cinnamon brown sugar streusel topping, it adds extra flavor to the rich, juicy apple filling.

It can be served warm or cold and is delicious with a dollop of whipped cream or a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Of course, there are many variations of the apple pie beyond the Dutch and American varieties.

The French version is upside down, with the crust on the bottom, and the apples are caramelized. In Sweden, apple pie is more of an apple crumble than a traditional pastry pie. In England, the apples are layered into a dome shape and then topped with butter or lard and baked until done.

With so many kinds of apple pie out there, those with a sweet tooth certainly have their work cut out for them when it comes to choosing the dessert they prefer. We think this Dutch apple pie is one worth trying and can’t wait to find out what you think! Which will be your favorite?

Dutch Apple Pie


1 9-inch pie crust (recipe here)
8 crisp, medium apples
4 Tablespoons lemon juice

Streusel Topping:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Core, peel and slice apples. Place apples and lemon juice in a bowl, mix well.

3. Mix brown sugar, white sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.

4. Cut in butter with pastry blender, then add chopped walnuts.

5. Add half the mixture to the apples and mix to coat.

6. Place apple mixture into crust, then evenly sprinkle the rest of the struesel crumbs on top.

7. Put foil around crust. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes; remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Other Great Pies to Try

After giving this fantastic Dutch apple pie a try, give these other great pies a go:

  • Grape. Grape pie is popular in places where grapes are heavily cultivated, such as western New York. You may never have even heard of grape pie before, but we strongly recommend giving it a try. You can bake it with a crumble or lattice top. This is a very sweet pie thanks to the natural sugars of the grapes.
  • Blackberry. This fruit pie is more common than grape, but a lot of people still haven't tried it. It often gets overshadowed by the more popular strawberry and blueberry. This tart pie deserves your attention!
  • Shoofly. Common in Pennsylvania, this is a molasses pie with a very sweet flavor. If the molasses alone isn't enough for you, there's a chocolate variant of this pie that you can make. This is likely one you've never tried before, so go ahead and give it a go!
  • Sweet potato. This is more of a dinner than a dessert, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth trying! Sweet potato pie has been a staple of Southern cuisine for many years, and for good reason. It's savory, with just a hint of sweet. Everyone will love this.
  • Strawberry rhubarb. Put away that worn recipe for strawberry pie and try this out. This pie uses strawberries and rhubarb, creating a pie that's both sweet and tart. The recipe originated in New England, but the pie is now eaten all over the country. Give it a try!
  • Huckleberry. This is a very old pie, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt. It was popularized again in the United States. You may not see it served as often as blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry, but you should give it a try. Bring it to your next gathering to stand out from the crowd!
  • Key lime. This is a fantastic summer pie. The citrusy flavor will remind anyone who eats it of warm days on the beach. It's a cold pie, so it's perfect for a hot day when you don't want to eat something warm.
  • Derby. Originating from Kentucky, this pie uses chocolate, walnuts, pecans, and Kentucky bourbon. This is a great dessert for date night, or whenever you're looking for a dessert that's sweet and that packs a distinct punch. You won't get drunk on this pie, but the bourbon will add a unique flavor.
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