Dutch apple pie

Dutch apple pie cut with a piece beside it.

I LOVE apple pie and I am not the only one. In the Netherlands, and in many other countries, apple pie is the number one pie. Most families have their own recipe and the United States even declared apple pie as their (unofficial) national symbol. That is why I believe this classic Dutch apple pie is the perfect recipe to celebrate the beginning of my blog!

Brushing a egg wash over the apple pie with a green brush

Recipes for apple pie have been found in Dutch cookbooks since medieval times. One of the first recipes dates from 1514 and is listed in ‘een notabel boecxken van cokereyen’. This is not the oldest recipe. The first known recipe for apple pie was written in England in 1381. In this 14th-century recipe figs, pears and spices were added as well as apples.

The modern apple pie, as in my recipe, is slightly different from most recipes listed in old cookbooks. Most of these recipes indicate that you have to bake the apples or even boil them to a puree before adding them to your crust. Also, many of the first apple pies had no bottom crust but only a closed crust on top of the apples which was removed before eating.

In the United States, they also love apple pie. You might have heard of the expression ‘As American as apple pie’. In the 17th century, the first European settlers brought apple seeds with them to the Americas in the hope of being able to bake their beloved pie over there.

In France, another type of apple pie was invented in the 19th century, the Tarte Tatin. This pie is made by first putting the apples (or other fruits) and later the crust into the pie tin.

I first came across recipes where the uncooked apples go straight in the crust in Dutch cookbooks dated from just before WWII. Recipes like this are still the most commonly used recipes in the Netherlands today.

You might have noticed, but in my recipe for apple pie, you won’t find any raisins. The reason for this is that I really don’t like it. If you do love raisins, add about 60 grams to the apples at step 5. In many old cookbooks, they also added nutmeg or ginger to the apples, this is also very delicious!

PS. because I had set aside the apples with the sugar while putting the crust in my pie tin, the apples had already lost some of their moisture and the bottom of my apple pie turned out perfectly! (no soggy bottom!) If you’d like to try this, please wait before adding the cinnamon until you can actually add the apples to the crust. Otherwise, you will lose flavor.

Cutting an apple pie

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What is a traditional Dutch apple pie?

Traditional Dutch apple pie is made with a pie-crust (wenerdeeg), an apple filling with cinnamon and raisins and a beautiful lace pattern on the top.

What is the difference between this Dutch apple pie and the American Dutch apple pie?

In the US, an apple pie with a crumble topping is often called a dutch apple pie, in the Netherlands however, we call this kind of pie an appelkruimeltaart (apple crumble pie). Apple crumble pie is also very delicious but if you love the pie you get on the terraces of Amsterdam, this is the recipe you’re looking for.

Does Dutch apple pie has to be refrigerated?

Not really. If you plan to eat the apple pie the same day or the day after, it is best to keep it covered at room temperature. You can keep it covered with plastic wrap in the fridge for 2-3 days, but the crust can get a bit softer.

Can Dutch apple pie be frozen?

Yes! Let the pie cool down completely and wrap it in plastic foil this way you can keep the apple pie in the freezer for 6 months.

What are the best apples for this recipe?

Traditionally Jonagold is used for pies. I’ prefer a sweeter apple like an Elstar so I don’t have to use so much sugar.

Can I make this apple pie vegan?

Sure! If you want to make a vegan apple pie you can replace the butter with vegan butter, shortening, coconut oil or margarine. You can omit the egg and add a little oat milk (almond milk or coconut milk would also work!).

How long will this apple pie keep?

Dutch apple pie will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge and up to 6 months in the freezer.

How can I prevent a ‘soggy bottom’?

You can add a little flour or cornstarch to the apples. You could also sprinkle a little custard powder of bread crumbs on the bottom of your crust before adding the apples.

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Dutch apple pie

Dutch apple pie

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Classic Dutch apple pie

Ingredients

The crust

  • 300g (2.5 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 200g 7/8 cup / 7 oz) butter
  • 140g (2/3 cups) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

The pie filling

  • 5 apples, I like to use Elstars
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 30g (2 tbsp) sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C (325°F)
  2. Prepare a 24 cm (9 inch) springform.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar and salt together.
  4. Add the diced butter and 3/4 of the egg and work it into the flour until it starts to resemble breadcrumbs.
  5. Knead the dough a little, form it into a ball, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. You can use the dough straight away if it's not too soft.
  6. Peel the apples and cut them in quarters.
  7. Slice the apple quarters, put them in a bowl and add the sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Take 2/3 of your dough out of the fridge and roll it out on a well-floured counter to 4-5 mm (you can skip this past by just pressing the dough in your springform with your fingers).
  9. Place the dough into your springform and press it down.
  10. Add your apples and spread them evenly.
  11. Take the leftover dough and form strips by either rolling the dough and cutting strips or take little pieces of the dough, form 'snakes' and press them flat (that is what I, and most Dutch people do).
  12. Lay the strips on your pie and seal them together by pressing the ends to your crust.
  13. Brush the leftover egg over the top and bake the pie for about 60 minutes until golden.

Notes

Let the pie cool a little before cutting and serve warm or cold with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

You could add a hand full of soaked raisins to the filling.

Wrapped in plastic wrap you can keep this pie in the freezer for up to 6 months.

I like to use Elstar apples but granny smith, golden delicious or gala are also very good!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

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9 comments

  1. Pam

    I love dutch apple pie and this one is gorgeous and looks scrumptious!

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  2. Lisa | Garlic & Zest

    This is a gorgeous pie – and the recipe is so straightforward and unadulterated, you just know you’re going to get a dessert that really showcases the apples!

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  3. Romina

    Dutch apple pie is my favourite kind of apple pie!

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  4. Heidy L. McCallum

    I made this recipe and it turned out perfect. The whole family went on and on about how much they loved your Dutch Apple Pie recipe. This is a keeper!

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  5. Beth

    I loved reading about the history of this delicious dish! Dutch apple pie is a family favorite around my home!

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  6. Ramona

    This dutch apple pie looks just perfection – I have made it yesterday but just used ready made pastry instead (the lazy way) – couldn’t fault it but only to say that making own pastry is a lot better 😉

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  7. Cheese Curd In Paradise

    My father’s side is Dutch and we always have his great grandmother’s recipe. It is a little different because of topping is not crust, but this version looks delicious as well!

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  8. Elaine VanDenHeuvel

    I ate so much dutch apple pie when I was visiting my ancestral country of the Netherlands that I have
    meant to bake one so I tried your recipe and it looks good. I struggled with the piecrust because with
    only one egg for liquid the dough was so dry it wouldn’t come together. I had to add water. I don’t know how
    you do it with only one egg!!??

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    1. Maayke

      Hello Elaine!
      I’m glad the pie turned out well. While kneading, the warmth of your hands should make the butter soft enough for the dough to come together.

      Reply

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