Perfect Dutch Apple Pie
This classic Dutch Apple Pie, with crisp buttery crust and crunchy almond oat topping, is bursting with tangy apples and autumn spices. It’s an Easy Apple Pie Recipe that will change what you think about pie making!
It’s Apple Pie Season
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.
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.
Our Favorite Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
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.
And when it’s time to make that dream a reality, this is the Dutch Apple Pie Recipe we make.
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. This my friends, is what all pies aspire to be.
The Best Apple Pie Recipe?
There’s not really one thing I can point out that makes this Dutch Apple Pie Recipe 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.
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.
In this case, we picked several types of apples, all firm with a sweet-tart flavor, and the apple pie was ridiculously good. Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Cortland apples.
I combined the sliced apples with lemon zest and juice, a little cornstarch to thicken the juices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. That’s it.
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!
Best Apples For Apple Pie
As mentioned above try to pick firm apples that don’t turn mushy when cooked. We like…
- Granny Smith
How To Make Dutch Apple Pie
- Chill the Fat. 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.
- Pulse the Crust. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Pour apple brandy over ice to chill. Place the butter and shortening in the food processor, and pulse until it breaks up into small pea-sized chunks. Add the cold liquor one tablespoon at a time to the mixture and pulse to combine.
- Dutch Apple Crumb Topping. Divide 1/3 of the dough out for the topping and place in a medium bowl. Break the dough into little pieces, then add the oats, almonds, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
- Prepare the Apples. Place the lemon juice and zest in a large bowl. Peel and thinly slice all the apples tossing in the lemon juice as you add them to the bowl. Add the sugar, salt, cornstarch, and spices to the apples and toss to coat.
- Roll the Pie Crust. 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 deep-dish pie pan. Fold the rough edges under and pinch-crimp the edges with your fingers.
- Fill the Pie. 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.
- Bake! 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.
Get The Full (Printable) Dutch Apple Pie Recipe Below
Easy Apple Pie Recipe Tips & Tricks
- Store-bought pie crust – Sometimes, it’s perfectly fine to use a refrigerated roll-out pie crust from the grocery store. However, this brandy pie crust is special. And you do have to make the dough for the crumble topping anyway, so in this recipe we think you should make the entire pie crust from scratch.
- Chill the fat – It’s important to use cold components in the pie crust. Cold dough bakes into flaky pie crust! If your pie crust gets too warm before baking, place the pie pan in the refrigerator to re-chill.
- Peeling tips – Yes, you must peel all the apples to have a smooth consistent texture once the pie is baked. You can use a vegetable peeler or an apple peeling tool. To keep the apples from browning, toss them in lemon juice after you peel and slice each apple.
- Wait to cut – The hardest part of making apple pie from scratch is waiting to cut it. It will smell so good straight out of the oven, but if you cut it right away, all the hot juices will run out. The baked apple pie needs to rest before cutting, so the juices can firm up!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does this pie last?
This pie can be left out at room temperature for up to 48 hours. Make sure to cover it with foil. Or you can place it in the fridge for up to 4 days, loosely covered.
Can you substitute another ingredient for the shortening?
Yes, if you want to avoid using shortening, then you can substitute it for pure butter, or a butter and coconut oil mixture.
Can you freeze apple pie?
Yes, make sure to tightly cover the pie with plastic wrap and then a layer of foil. You can keep it in the freezer for up to 6 months. Make sure to let the pie thaw out in your fridge for 24 hours before serving.
More Amazing Apple Recipes
- Instant Pot Spiced Apples
- Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples
- Apple Coffee Cake
- Caramel Apple Sheet Cake
- Caramel Apple Slab Pie
- Curried Apple Turnovers
- Brandy Apple Hand Pies
Perfect Dutch Apple Pie
For the Crust:
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 9 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
- 6 tablespoons cold shortening, cut into cubes
- 4-6 tablespoons 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 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the Apple Pie Filling:
- 4 pounds 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 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 pinches sea salt
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
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 tablespoons 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 the dough 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.
- 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.
For the Filling:
- Place the lemon juice and zest in a large bowl. Peel and thinly slice all the apples (1/8- to 1/4-inch thick) tossing in the lemon juice as you add them to the bowl. Add the sugar, salt, cornstarch and spices to the apples and toss to coat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Lots of recipes claim to be the best… but this one REALLY IS!! The topping is especially DIVINE!
When you say perfect you’re not kidding. That crumble topping is EVERYTHING!!
This pie is amazing! Love that crumb topping!
Such an amazing pie recipe!! Can’t wait to make it again!
I love apple pie and this looks absolutely amazing! Such a fun family activity too going and picky the apples and then you could make the pie together! Thanks for sharing! I can almost smell it through the computer screen. haha
This is an absolute staple at our family thanksgivings. Can’t wait to make it again this year!
Apple pie is a favorite of everyone in my family. My Dad would especially love this as he loves almonds, which I’ve never seen on an apple pie before.
Love your blog! I can’t wait to try the many recipes I saw on here! Thanks for sharing!! <3
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I love visiting the orchard. What a wonderful pie to celebrate the time you spent together.
Whoa. That looks awesome. I canNOT get enough of the fall apples right now!
Excellent recipe! We can’t wait to try these out! :)
Uhh-maze-inggg! Someone help me I’m drooling and I can’t stop!
This apple pie is gorgeous Sommer!!
I’m so excited because I actually have all the ingredients to make this! I knew that apple brandy would be useful again someday :)
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!!!
Oh. My. Lard. THERE ARE NO WORDS! This is insanely perfect and insanely delicious!
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!
This is just perfect for fall!!
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:
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!
This pie! Sommer… its stunning! I love that you pick together… what a fun tradition!
This looks out of this world! I’m pinning this for the holidays! Well Done! The topping sends it over the edge!
Fantastic!! That topping looks absolutely amazing :) will definitely have to make it for the holidays
Simply gorgeous pie. Of course I did see Maple Crown Royal and was hooked!
What’s better than a warm apple pie. Scrumptious!
Gorgeous pie! And such beautiful apples! I would love a slice right now for a midnight snack!
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!
There’s nothing like fresh apple pie in the fall and this one is a stunner!
LOVE this pie especially with that topping :)
I’ve never been a big pie person, but this could totally sway me!
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!
Wow! Great photos and a delicious looking pie. Thanks so much for baking with our flour.
Yum Yum Yum, I love dutch apple pie. This look amazing! Thanks!
okay, I’m patting your back as well–this looks fantastic!!!
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!
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
This has me obsessing over Thanksgiving already Sommer!
Fall perfection! I love that you get to go apple picking. Looks like a blast!
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.
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!
We’re slated to go apple picking this Saturday with friends. I can’t wait!
Lovely pie however, it is not a traditional Dutch apple pie. I think this is an american take on it. Still, great recipe!
Such gorgeous photos! Thanks for an amazing dessert recipe!
wow look at that mile high topping!! i would LOVE a huge slice, please! this is gorgeous :)
Mile high apple pie! Looks so good and Dutch is my fav!!
Now this is my kind of dessert! Love!!
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!
The perfect fall pie!
That is one gorgeous pie!!!
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-
LOL! Done. ;)
I don’t have a url but i want to let you know i am PA. Dutch and my mother used to make this pie and when she wanted to make pies for us she would haveeee all us children 8 of us go out to our fruit orchhard and pick several types of apples for the pies and she always made them deep dish style the only difference is the toppingg. I have lots of my mothers recipes and she always made everything from scratch which i do to.I would like to let you know i just love your recipe for the banana cream pie made from scratch i beleive your mother made it . Hope to hear from you sincerely Mrs. Dianne Rawson
Have a very blessed day
Thanks so much Dianne!!
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!