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Dutch Apple Pie

    Looking for the best Dutch Apple Pie recipe? This incredibly easy pie is a fall favorite and for good reason. This pie is perfectly cooked apples with a delicious filling, flaky crust and then it is topped with a perfectly sweet crumble topping.

    Dutch Apple Pie just like grandma used to make. Loaded with a crumble topping and then served with caramel.

    An all-time favorite of mine – Dutch Apple Pie with a crumble topping, walnut crust, and a cinnamon-spiced goat milk caramel. Just like Grandma used to make.

    Dutch Apple Pie

    Apple season is here and that means lots and lots of apple desserts – like Apple Bread, Apple Spice Cake, and easy caramel apples. But I think that the most American dessert is the Classic Apple Pie. While a double crust apple pie is delicious, I prefer a crumble topping that is a Dutch Apple Pie. The sweet brown sugar and the oatmeal topping were the BEST! The pie was baked in a walnut pastry crust and that gave it a slightly nutty flavor and then it was topped off with a goat milk caramel drizzle. We devoured every bite of it!!

    There is a reason Dutch apple pie is a well-loved dessert. It is typically served warm or at room temperature as part of breakfast or as a snack. It can also be eaten cold, often for lunch or dinner, sometimes with whipped cream or ice cream on top.

    Homemade Dutch Apple Pie just like grandma used to make. Baked in a walnut crust and served with caramel.

    What kind of apples are best for dutch apple pie?

    It is important to use baking apples when you are making this dutch apple pie. Some apples will not break down when they are baked and some apples with break down too much. I like to use a combination of Granny Smith, Gala, and Honeycrisp. This gives a nice tartness to the apple pie that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the filling and topping.

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    What’s the difference between regular apple pie and dutch apple pie?

    Dutch apple pie is very different from a regular apple pie, Dutch Apple Pie has a much thicker filling. The Dutch believe that the more apples in their Dutch Apple Pie, the better it will taste. Regular apple pies often have a lattice crust on top or a full pie crust. Dutch apple pies have a crumb topping on top.

    Dutch Apple Pie served with goat milk caramel. Perfect for your holiday baking.

    I loved the caramel topping I drizzled over it. The cinnamon spice in the caramel was a lovely addition to the pie. If the goat milk idea scares you off, use soft caramel instead. However, I highly suggest you give the cajeta a try. I promise your guests aren’t going to know if you don’t tell them. They will know that something is a little different, but with the wonderful apple, cinnamon, and crunchy topping will have your guests mesmerized by your awesome baking skills.

    Dutch Apple Pie served with goat milk caramel. Perfect for your holiday baking.

    Does this pie need to be refrigerated?

    Apple pie should not be refrigerated and is usually served at room temperature. Typically it will last for 2 days when it is stored at room temperature so if it will take longer than 2 days, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator, covered well with plastic wrap. You can also put this apple pie in the freezer to eat later.

    So, put on your yoga pants, get comfortable, and make this yummy Dutch Apple Pie. You don’t need to stress about making it, I’ve broken it down into three easy recipes and three easy days. You’ll get this pie made and have a wonderful dessert for your book club, office party, or family dinner.

    Dutch Apple Pie made in a Walnut Pastry Crust and served with Goat Milk Caramel.

    This Dutch Apple Pie is part three of a three-part series including the Walnut Pastry Crust and the Goat Milk Caramel.

    Dutch Apple Pie just like grandma used to make. Loaded with a crumble topping and then served with caramel.


    Yield: 12

    Dutch Apple Pie

    Dutch Apple Pie just like grandma used to make. Loaded with a crumble topping and then served with caramel.

    An all time favorite of mine - Dutch Apple Pie with a crumble topping, walnut crust and a cinnamon spiced goat milk caramel.

    Prep Time 45 minutes
    Cook Time 50 minutes
    Rest Time 5 hours
    Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes



    For the Topping

    • 1/2 C flour
    • 1/2 C sugar
    • 1/2 C light brown sugar
    • 1/4 C uncooked rolled oats (not instant)
    • 3/4 tea cinnamon
    • 1/4 tea salt
    • 1/4 tea nutmeg
    • 6 Tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1/2 C walnuts, finely chopped

    For the Pie Filling

    • 1/2 C sugar
    • 1/2 C light brown sugar
    • 1/4 C + 2 Tbsp flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
    • 1 tea cinnamon
    • 1/2 tea salt
    • 1/4 tea nutmeg
    • 4 pounds (about 6 medium) Mixed Apples - Granny Smith, Gala, Honeycrisp
    • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
    • Goat Milk Caramel


    For the Topping

    1. Mix all the streusel topping together in a large bowl. Blend the butter into the flour with your hands, get your hands dirty. Use your fingertips to blend the butter in. Once combined and no flour is at the bottom of the bowl, cover and place it in the fridge.

    For the Pie

    1. Preheat the oven to 425℉.
    2. Mix the sugar, flour and spices together in a bowl. Peel and slice the apples and toss them in.
    3. Remove your Walnut Pastry Crust from the fridge and add the apple mixture. Top it with small pieces of the butter and bake for 20 minutes.
    4. Remove from the oven and add the streusel topping. Press it into all the nooks and crannies. Reduce the oven to 375 and continue to bake for 40 - 50 minutes. Check to see that the topping isn't browning too much. Use a foil tent to cover if it is.
    5. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. The pie needs at least 3 to 5 hours to completely set. You can also refrigerate it to make sure the filling isn't soupy.
    6. When ready to serve, warm slightly and top with caramel sauce.

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    Karyn Granrud

    Karyn Granrud

    I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

    13 thoughts on “Dutch Apple Pie”

    1. Karyn, we made this for Thanksgiving yesterday (first time breaking away from our favorite apple pie recipe in YEARS) and we LOVED IT! It was incredible! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I’ll be making this every year now!
      We made a pumpkin pie from Smitten Kitchen and used her pecan praline sauce to put on both pies… wow – it was divine.
      Thanks again!

      1. Hooray!! Thanks so much for letting me know that you made my recipe Mackenzie. It’s not everyday that another blogger makes one of them. I’m sure the praline sauce was fantastic on top! Yum!

    2. This has to be my favorite Dutch apple pie recipe I have ever made. It was so so so good, the only thing I did differently with mine was add just a little bit of cloves to the filling. I am definitely saving this recipe to make for my family again.

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