The most magnificent Dutch apple pie recipe! Softly spiced seasonal apples, topped with a crunchy, buttery crumb topping. Out of this world!

Slice of Dutch apple pie on a white eyelet plate with a grey plaid napkin.

Today I’m bringing you an absolute must-make recipe for fall: Dutch apple pie!

We are all about apple recipes here at my house. Apple turnovers, apple dumplings, apple crisp… these are my older son’s favorites so I try to keep them on heavy rotation, especially in the fall and winter when apples are in season.

So he was very excited when I told him this Dutch apple pie recipe was in the works!

It’s everything you love about apple pie, plus everything you love about apple crisp. He went gaga for it, and I think you will too.

The crust is flaky as can be, and the apples are slightly sweet, toothsome, and gently spiced with warm cinnamon. The topping is crunchy-sweet, buttery, and contrasts texturally with the soft apples in the most incredible way.

Slice of pie garnished with powdered sugar, with a text banner above that reads "Dutch Apple Pie."

WHAT IS DUTCH APPLE PIE?

Dutch apple pie is just like traditional apple pie, but without the top crust. Instead, it gets a thick layer of crunchy crumb topping.

So there are 3 basic components:

  1. Pie Crust
  2. Apple Pie Filling
  3. Crumb Topping

Overhead image of Dutch apple pie served on a distressed wooden surface.

HOW TO MAKE THIS DUTCH APPLE PIE RECIPE

To make this pie, you’re going to start from the bottom and work your way up.

THE PIE CRUST

If you’re in a time crunch, you can use a store-bought pie crust for sure. But I love my homemade pie crust recipe. It’s got so much rich, buttery flavor, and it is without a doubt the flakiest pie crust you’ll ever taste.

This is thanks to a unique folding process, similar to what you’d do if you were making croissants or puff pastry (but a lot less fussy!).

That extra step yields results that are just incredible. I highly recommend you give it a try! The recipe can be found here: Homemade Pie Crust Recipe.

You’ll only need to make half the batch.

Prepared pie shell to chill.

Roll it out to an inch or so larger than your pie dish, then nestle it in, trim off the excess, fold and crimp the edge, and pop it into the fridge to chill, while you make the apple pie filling.

THE APPLE PIE FILLING

This recipe calls for a LOT of apples. When it’s still raw, you might think it’s too much, but trust me. As the pie bakes and cools, the apples soften and sink down a ton.

Use any kind of apple that’s good for baking. In other words, you want something that holds its shape well when cooked, like a Granny Smith, MacIntosh, or Honeycrisp apple. Nothing that would become mushy. Those kinds of apples are more suited for making applesauce.

Peel, quarter, and cut out the cores.

Cutting out the core of a peeled and quartered apple.

Then slice the apples to about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick.

Toss them together with sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves, making sure every slice gets coated in the mixture.

Sliced apples, tossed together with sugar, flour, and spices to make apple pie filling.

The flour will thicken the juices as the pie bakes. No runny pie filling here!

The lemon juice lifts the flavors and makes the apples taste even more apple-y. Salt does the same, and the spices are traditional for American apple pie. You could substitute apple pie spice, if you like.

Filling pie shell with uncooked apple pie filling.

Tip the filling into your prepared pie crust, and put the unbaked pie back in to chill while the topping gets made.

THE CRUMB TOPPING

This is the crumb topping recipe I use for everything from muffins and quick breads, to pies and crisps.

It can be customized in all sorts of ways (more on that below) and it’s really quick and easy to make.

It’s just melted butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

Toss all these ingredients together with a fork. While it’s warm it will be kinda like wet sand, but as it cools it gets more crumbly.

Sprinkling crumb topping over Dutch apple pie.

Sprinkle it all over the apples in an even layer, then slide your pie into a hot oven to bake.

WHEN IS IT DONE?

This pie is so big and thick and heavy, and the apples are a very firm fruit so it will take a while to bake. Usually somewhere in the neighborhood of one hour.

You’ll know it’s done by feel. Push a toothpick into the center of the pie. The apples should feel softened and tender, but not mushy.

If the topping starts to get too brown before the apples are done, lightly drape a sheet of aluminum foil over the pie while it continues baking.

IS THIS HEALTHY?

Overall I think pies are relatively healthy as far as desserts go. They’re mostly fruit and they’re not super-sweet and sugary, so they have that going for them.

But “healthy” can mean a lot of different things to different people, so you should probably judge for yourself.

There’s a full nutritional breakdown in the recipe card below.

As for ingredient subs:

  • I have not tried making this gluten-free so I don’t know how well it would work, but I do think it’s worth experimenting! Use a gf flour blend that can sub for regular flour 1:1.
  • Same goes for dairy-free or vegan, but again, a plant-based butter substitute would probably work beautifully.
  • This recipe is naturally egg-free and nut-free.

ADD-INS

This recipe just calls for the basics, but you could definitely get jazzy with it!

Think about adding:

  • Raisins or dried cranberries to the filling
  • Oats to the topping
  • Nuts to the topping (walnuts or pecans would be nice!)
  • Some kind of interesting spice or herb (maybe sage or rosemary, or ginger, chili, or cardamom?)
  • What about bacon? Everything’s better with bacon, right?
  • Another fruit (perhaps figs or pears?)
It’s also great topped with:

CAN THIS BE MADE AHEAD?

Pies are definitely a winner for making ahead! They take a long time to bake and cool so it’s a very good idea to make this Dutch apple pie recipe at least a few hours before you plan to serve it.

It will keep at room temperature, loosely covered, for a day or so.

If you have any leftovers, stash them in the fridge. They should last for around 5 to 7 days.

You can also freeze this, either baked or unbaked.

If it’s already baked, just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and it will keep in the freezer for a couple of months. Thaw it in the fridge or at room temperature and it can be reheated in the microwave or in a warm oven.

If it’s unbaked, think about preparing it in a foil pan so your regular pie dish isn’t tied up in the freezer for a long time. You might need it!

Wrap it tightly and it will be ready for you up to several months from now. Thaw it in the fridge, then bake it off according to the recipe instructions below.

Dutch apple pie presented with fresh apples in the background.

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Slice of Dutch apple pie on a white eyelet plate with a grey plaid napkin.
Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
Prep Time
55 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 55 mins
 

The most magnificent Dutch apple pie recipe! Softly spiced seasonal apples, topped with a crunchy, buttery crumb topping. Out of this world!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best dutch apple pie recipe, dutch apple pie, dutch apple pie recipe, dutch apple pie recipes, recipe for dutch apple pie
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 432 kcal
Ingredients
For the Pie Crust:
For the Apple Pie Filling:
For the Crumb Topping:
Optional Garnish:
Instructions
To Make the Pie Crust:
  1. Place the flour and salt in a large bowl, and whisk to combine.

  2. Add the oil, stirring until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  3. Cut the butter into thin slices and toss in the flour mixture to coat.

  4. Dribble ice water in, a tablespoon at a time, mixing just until the mixture can hold its shape.  (You may need slightly more or less water.)

  5. Tumble the dough out of the bowl and onto a large sheet of plastic wrap.

  6. Use the plastic wrap to gather the dough into a disc shape, then wrap the dough tightly and press down on it firmly to compact it.

  7. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  8. Flour the work surface, rolling pin, and the chilled dough lightly, then roll out to 1/4-inch thickness, and fold into thirds. Give it a quarter-turn, fold into thirds again, then repeat one more time.

  9. Refrigerate for one more hour,

  10. Roll out the pie crust dough to a little larger than the width of your pie pan and gently nestle it in, allowing any excess to drape over the sides.

  11. Trim, fold under, and crimp the edge, then chill.

To Make the Apple Pie Filling:
  1. Peel, quarter, and cut out the cores of the apples.

  2. Cut into 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick slices.

  3. Toss together in a large bowl with sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves.

  4. Transfer the filling to the prepared pie shell and chill.

To Make the Crumb Topping:
  1. Melt the butter in a small pot, then add flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

  2. Toss together with a fork and sprinkle over the top of the pie.

To Bake the Dutch Apple Pie:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Bake the pie until the apples feel softened and tender when pierced with a toothpick, but not mushy (approx. 55 to 70 minutes).*

  3. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar (optional) before slicing.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*Cover the pie loosely with foil if the topping is getting too brown before the apples have finished cooking.

Lots more info on how to make the crust here: Flaky Pie Crust Recipe.

Lots more info on how to make the topping here: Basic Crumb Topping Recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 241mg10%
Potassium 260mg7%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 522IU10%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.