I can’t tell you the best part about a Dutch Apple Pie.
It might be the simplicity of a bottom crust only pie — no need to make a lattice top or fear shrinking apples and a crust gap. It could be the perfection of fall apples baked until tender and juicy or the buttery crumble top flecked with the barely sweet flesh of pecans.
Maybe it’s the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove wafting through the air making my home smell like how a warm blanket feels on a cold day – inviting and cozy.
I think, perhaps, it’s all of the above. Apple pies are the comfort food of the dessert world and there’s no denying it.
WHAT IS DUTCH APPLE PIE?
A Dutch Apple Pie also goes by the name crumble pie, or streusel pie, which gives you a little more insight into what you’re about to bake than the Dutch title.
The pie has a pastry crust bottom with cinnamon-scented apples piled onto it, and then it’s topped with a crumble or streusel topping. The buttery flaky crust, followed by the just tender warm and spicy apples, and the crumbly sweet topping give the pie layers of flavor and texture that I just love.
It’s one of my all-time favorite pies.
WHAT IS THE TOPPING ON DUTCH APPLE PIE?
The topping or crumble is a combination of flour, sugar, pecans, and spices. I’m partial to cinnamon. It’s then tossed together with melted butter and crumbled over the pie. It doesn’t get much easier.
CAN I OMIT THE NUTS IN THE CRUMBLE TOPPING?
I put chopped pecans in my crumble topping but you can skip them or swap them out. Almonds would be delicious too.
WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR PIE?
If you’re forcing me to choose, my first choice for a pie apple is Braeburn followed by Gala.
When I was developing this recipe, I actually made four pies. I tried Braeburn, gala, pink lady, respectively, and in one version, a combination of the three. Each apple held its shape but became tender when baked.
I would only really caution against baking pies with red or yellow delicious apples or Jonagold. They tend to break down quickly and end up a little mushy.
That being said, I’ve never had an apple pie I didn’t like. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve made pies out of granny smiths, jazz apples, Honeycrisp (though they are pretty pricey to put in a pie and taste so good eaten out of hand, I’d probably save those for snacking), and pretty much any apple that was on sale at the store.
So, I guess what I’m saying is if you have apples, then bake a pie. You’ll be fine, and so will your pie.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SLICE AN APPLE FOR PIE?
When I was a kid, I remember eating apple pies with thick-cut, chunky apples. I don’t make pie that way. I prefer thin slices of apple. Doing so provides more apples for the pie and they layer nicely so you get a slice that holds together when you cut it.
I like to cut my apples into slices about 1/8 of an inch thick.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH APPLE PIE?
A slice of just warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is close to heaven in my book. Drizzle some caramel sauce over the thing and heaven just got better.
If that’s too rich for your blood, I get it. Some lightly whipped cream is always a delicious addition. If you don’t do dairy you can certainly use a butter alternative in the crumble topping, and use this coconut whipped cream on top.
HOW TO STORE DUTCH APPLE PIE
Apple pie doesn’t last long in my house. If I think we will eat it up within 3 days I usually store it covered in foil on the counter. If I think it might take a week or better, I’ll keep it covered in the fridge. Apple pie tastes great any way you eat it, but it’s best served slightly warm or at room temperature.
CAN YOU FREEZE APPLE PIE?
It’s best to freeze an unbaked pie. Freezing a baked pie usually results in overcooked crust edges and a soggy bottom crust when you go to reheat or thaw it.
Pie will keep frozen, unbaked, wrapped in plastic wrap and foil for up to four months. Remove the foil and plastic and bake it at 375°F for about an hour.
NEED MORE PIE?
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- Homemade Apple Pie
- Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
- Mile High Deep-Dish Pie
- Apple Cranberry Pie
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