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!

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49 comments on “Perfect Dutch Apple Pie

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

    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!

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

    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-

    • Sommerposted September 30, 2013 at 7:12 am Reply

      LOL! Done. ;)

    • Dianneposted September 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm Reply

      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

      • Sommerposted September 16, 2015 at 11:24 pm

        Thanks so much Dianne!!

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

    That is one gorgeous pie!!!

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

    The perfect fall pie!

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

    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!

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

    Now this is my kind of dessert! Love!!

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

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

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

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

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

    Such gorgeous photos! Thanks for an amazing dessert recipe!

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

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

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


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

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

    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.

    • Sommerposted September 30, 2013 at 10:46 am Reply

      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!

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

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

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

    This has me obsessing over Thanksgiving already Sommer!

  15. [email protected]posted September 30, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply

    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

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

    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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

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

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

    LOVE this pie especially with that topping :)

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

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

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

    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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

    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:

  33. RavieNomNomsposted October 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm Reply

    This is just perfect for fall!!

    Rating: 5
  34. jENNIE @themessybakerblog.composted October 2, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

    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!

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

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

    Rating: 5
  36. Gwennposted October 3, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

    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!!!

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

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

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

    This apple pie is gorgeous Sommer!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rating: 5
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