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Perfect Dutch Apple Pie

Apple Pie. Have there ever been two words that were more perfect for each other? I think not. This classic Dutch Apple Pie with crisp buttery crust and crunchy almond oat topping, is bursting with tangy apples and autumn spices. This my friends, is what all pies aspire to be. 

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Every fall, we set a few Saturdays aside for apple picking.

We drive out to the apple orchards with a large blanket and a picnic lunch. We spend a relaxed afternoon laughing, hunting for the perfect apple tree, and smiling more than usual.

Apple Picking

We pretend to pay close attention to the types of apple trees from which we’re picking, then nonchalantly place the apple in the basket without any further attempt to keep tabs of the varieties.

We eat hot apple donuts and drink cold fresh cider.

Apple Picking

We lay in the grass with full bellies and piles of apples all around.

We go home happy, with dreams of Dutch Apple Pie in the near future.

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And when it’s time to make that dream a reality, this is the Dutch Apple Pie we make.

Pie Crust

I’m not a bragger. Really, I’m not.

But can I just take a moment to tell you how good this Dutch Apple Pie is?

This is the Ferrari… the Cartier… the Louis Vuitton of apple pies.

Seriously guys, I’m patting my own back over this one.

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There’s not really one thing I can point out that makes this Dutch Apple Pie better than most of the other pies I’ve made. It’s a combination of attributes, really.

The golden flaky crust is made with Gold Medal Flour, a combination of butter and shortening, and is laced with the boozy essence of Maple Crown Royal. I love using Gold Medal Flour for pie crust, because it always bakes up so consistently, that the even texture accentuates the prominent boozy buttery flavor.

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The rustic crumb topping is mixed with oats, almonds and brown sugar for a hearty nut crumble that breaks apart as you cut each bite.

As for the filling, some people would argue that you must use granny smith apples or other specified varieties. Yet I feel that as long as you choose firm apples, not apples that are prone to getting mushy, you can’t go wrong.

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In this case, we picked several types of apples, all firm with a sweet-tart flavor, and the apple pie was ridiculously good.

I combined the sliced apples with lemon zest and juice, a little corn starch to thicken the juices, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. That’s it.

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Simple homey flavors and textures that come together to form a Dutch Apple Pie masterpiece.

That is what every apple pie should be, and this one certainly makes the cut!

Dutch Apple Pie

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:45

Cook Time:1 hour+

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 3/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2 Tb. granulated sugar
  • 9 Tb. cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 6 Tb. cold shortening, cut into cubes
  • 4-6 Tb. ice-cold booze ( I like apple brandy or maple crown royal)

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1/3 of the pie crust dough, broken into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 Tb. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the Apple Pie Filling:

  • 4 lbs. firm apples (Pick a firm variety that is sweet and tart, or a combination of apple varieties)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of one lemon + 1 Tb. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 2 Tb. corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Directions:

  1. For the crust: Cut the butter and shortening into cubes and place in the freezer to get them really cold while you pull out the rest of your ingredients. Place the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor. Pour 6 Tb. of apple brandy (or your booze of choice) over ice to chill. Place the butter and shortening in the food processor, and pulse until it breaks up into small pea-sized chunks. Without scooping up the ice, add the liquor one tablespoon at a time to the mixture and pulse to combine. Once the dough starts to pull together into a mass, stop adding liquid and dump out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Divide 1/3 of the dough out for the topping and place in a medium bowl. Then shape the remaining dough into a disk, wrap well in plastic, and place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Break the divided dough into little pieces, then add the oats, almonds, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix and crumble with your hands, then place in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. For the filling: Place the lemon juice and zest in a large bowl. Peel and thinly slice all the apples (1/8-1/4 inch thick) tossing in the lemon juice as you add them to the bowl. Add the sugar, salt, corn starch and spices to the apples and toss to coat.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degree F and place the rack in the lowest position. Place a piece of plastic wrap (or foil) out on the counter. Flour the plastic wrap and place the chilled dough on the floured work surface. Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough out into a large round circle approximately 12 inches across. Carefully lift the plastic wrap and flip the dough circle over into a 9 inch deep-dish pie pan. Gently fit the pie dough down into the pie pan--don't stretch it. Then fold the rough edges under and pinch-crimp the edges with your fingers.
  5. Scoop the apple filling into the pie crust. Shake a little so the apple slices settle into place. Then sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples, covering completely. Place the pie in the oven, and LOWER THE TEMPERATURE TO 375  DEGREES F. The extra heat from the beginning gives and crust a little head start in baking. Bake the pie for 60-80 minutes, until golden and bubbly. If the crumble topping starts to get too dark, loosely cover with foil while baking.
  6. This is the hard part... DO NOT cut the pie until it has cooled down to room temperature. I know it smells amazing and is very hard to resist, but the filling needs time to settle and set, so it's not soupy. If you cut your pie too soon, it will fall apart.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. All opinions are my own.

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47 Responses to “Perfect Dutch Apple Pie”

  1. Tieghanposted September 30, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Wow! Sommer that is one incredible apple pie! I am dying right now of it’s pure amazingness! Your fall saturdays sound perfect, I wish we lived closer to apple orchards. I used to love apple picking when I was younger!

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  2. Bethanyposted September 30, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I’ll forgive you for posting a picture of my rear if you make me this pie after I’m done with my “Clean Eating Challenge” in 3 weeks. ;) Looks delicious!! xo-

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    • Sommer — September 30th, 2013 @ 7:12 am

      LOL! Done. ;)

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  3. Carolynposted September 30, 2013 at 6:55 am

    That is one gorgeous pie!!!

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  4. Mariaposted September 30, 2013 at 7:02 am

    The perfect fall pie!

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  5. Jeanetteposted September 30, 2013 at 7:02 am

    There’s nothing like a fresh apple pie right out of the oven. Love how it makes the kitchen smell like fall. Great topping Sommer!

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  6. Jenny Flakeposted September 30, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Now this is my kind of dessert! Love!!

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  7. Gerry @ foodness graciousposted September 30, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Mile high apple pie! Looks so good and Dutch is my fav!!

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  8. Julie @ Table for Twoposted September 30, 2013 at 7:37 am

    wow look at that mile high topping!! i would LOVE a huge slice, please! this is gorgeous :)

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  9. Marian (Sweetopia)posted September 30, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Such gorgeous photos! Thanks for an amazing dessert recipe!

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  10. Anneposted September 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Lovely pie however, it is not a traditional Dutch apple pie. I think this is an american take on it. Still, great recipe!

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  11. Aimeeposted September 30, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Gorgeous!!

    We’re slated to go apple picking this Saturday with friends. I can’t wait!

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  12. Chrisposted September 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I am wondering if the pie crust can be made without shortening. Is there anything you can replace shortening with in crust recipes?
    I can’t wait to try it, but crusts are not my forte, so I’m a bit reluctant.

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    • Sommer — September 30th, 2013 @ 10:46 am

      Hi Chris, you can use all butter or a combination of butter and coconut oil, but I feel the shortening gives the crust stability. Let me know how it goes!

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  13. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted September 30, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Fall perfection! I love that you get to go apple picking. Looks like a blast!

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  14. Heather Christoposted September 30, 2013 at 10:01 am

    This has me obsessing over Thanksgiving already Sommer!

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  15. steph@stephsbitebybiteposted September 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Apple pie is already one of my favorites, but when you put an oatty, almondy crumble on top, that just takes it to a whole nother level

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  16. Coco in the Kitchenposted September 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

    The booze in the crust is very interesting.
    And, apple-picking is such a great way to celebrate Fall.
    I can’t wait to try your Cartier pie!

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  17. naomiposted September 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

    okay, I’m patting your back as well–this looks fantastic!!!

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  18. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted September 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Yum Yum Yum, I love dutch apple pie. This look amazing! Thanks!

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  19. Monique @ Gold Medal Flourposted September 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Wow! Great photos and a delicious looking pie. Thanks so much for baking with our flour.

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  20. Lorettaposted September 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Not only do I now want a piece of pie, but I also want to run around in an orchard and pick my own apples. It’s been way too long since I’ve gotten to do that and I’m sure my daughter will love it!

    Incredible pie!

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  21. Gabyposted September 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve never been a big pie person, but this could totally sway me!

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  22. marlaposted September 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    LOVE this pie especially with that topping :)

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  23. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted September 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    There’s nothing like fresh apple pie in the fall and this one is a stunner!

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  24. Nancy @ gottagetbakedposted September 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I love all of these gorgeous photos and I’m swooning over your picture perfect pie. I’m always envious of people who can make such stunning pie crust. Practice makes perfect right? It just means I need to bake more pies. This recipe is going to the top of my must-bake list!

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  25. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted October 1, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Gorgeous pie! And such beautiful apples! I would love a slice right now for a midnight snack!

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  26. Lail | With A Spinposted October 1, 2013 at 3:31 am

    What’s better than a warm apple pie. Scrumptious!

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  27. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted October 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Simply gorgeous pie. Of course I did see Maple Crown Royal and was hooked!

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  28. Nutmeg Nannyposted October 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Fantastic!! That topping looks absolutely amazing :) will definitely have to make it for the holidays

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  29. Ashley Mposted October 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    This looks out of this world! I’m pinning this for the holidays! Well Done! The topping sends it over the edge!

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  30. Amandaposted October 2, 2013 at 5:50 am

    This pie! Sommer… its stunning! I love that you pick together… what a fun tradition!

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  31. Meghanposted October 2, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I was wondering if there is a way to do this without a food processor, I don’t have one and my kitchen is so small I don’t want to go out and get one because I have no where to keep it. The pie looks simply amazing I want to make it if I can!

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  32. Virginiaposted October 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Yum! This apple pie recipe is extraordinary and so tempting for someone with a sweet tooth like me. Usually I grab my dessert recipes from here:

    http://celebritychef.tv/2013/09/25/hedy-goldsmith-the-doyenne-of-dessert/

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  33. jENNIE @themessybakerblog.composted October 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This is pie perfection! Oh, how I want to dig into that thick pie and eat until I feel sick. That almond oat topping has me drooling. Pinned!

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  34. RavieNomNomsposted October 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    This is just perfect for fall!!

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  35. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted October 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Oh. My. Lard. THERE ARE NO WORDS! This look insanely perfect and insanely delicious!

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  36. Gwennposted October 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Looks great! I love apple pies and cakes!!
    But being Dutch myself, I have a hard time with the so-called origins of this pie. In all my life in the Netherlands I have never seen anything that looks like this, and I’m a chef… The real dutch apple pie is a short crust pastry from top to bottom filled entirely with just a mix of diced apples (not sliced), sugar, cinnamon and raisins. This is served with fresh whipped cream. That’s good apple pie the Dutch way!!!

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  37. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted October 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I’m so excited because I actually have all the ingredients to make this! I knew that apple brandy would be useful again someday :)

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  38. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted October 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    This apple pie is gorgeous Sommer!!

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  39. Marlyposted October 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Uhh-maze-inggg! Someone help me I’m drooling and I can’t stop!

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  40. herbs and spicesposted October 7, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Excellent recipe! We can’t wait to try these out! :)

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  41. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Whoa. That looks awesome. I canNOT get enough of the fall apples right now!

    Reply

  42. Shainaposted October 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I love visiting the orchard. What a wonderful pie to celebrate the time you spent together.

    Reply

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