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You have got to try this Dutch apple pie in a bag! Baked with tart apples and a sweet crumb topping, this is a delightful twist on traditional apple pie.
Featured with this recipe
- Homemade Crust Ingredients
- Apple Pie Filling Ingredients
- Easy Crumb Topping
- How to Make Dutch Apple Pie from Scratch
- Tips for an Easy Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
- Using a Brown Paper Bag Tips
- Optional Toppings
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Storing and Reheating Dutch Apple Pie
- More Delicious Pie Recipes
- How to Make Dutch Apple Pie
- Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
Dutch apple pie takes a classic apple pie recipe and changes the topping to have a crumble topping or streusel topping instead of a traditional lattice top. To make this even better, the Dutch apple pie is baked inside a brown paper bag. It’s the ONLY apple pie dessert that I make and is a family staple at Thanksgiving and Fourth of July. A
This is the best Dutch apple pie recipe you will ever have! It has all the flavor of an apple pie with the extra texture on top of the brown bag baking trick! Sweet and tender apples are filled to the top with a crumbly streusel topping. Serve this with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream to this apple crumble pie and you will enjoy every bite!
Homemade Crust Ingredients
The homemade crust is a simple circular crust that will be on the bottom of the pie plate. It can be homemade or store-bought. It is simple to make and roll out to use on the bottom of the Dutch apple pie. This is a classic dough crust that is used on all types of apple pies.
- Flour – All-purpose flour works great! This will hold together the ingredients.
- Sugar – Sweeten the crust with just about a teaspoon of sugar, or a little more for extra sweetness.
- Salt – Needed just to balance the sweetness and help during the baking process.
- Oil – I like to use olive oil, but you could use vegetable oil too.
- Milk – Just a little bit to give the dough some moisture.
Apple Pie Filling Ingredients
We love making this apple pie filling! You can smell the flavors and seasonings combined as you are peeling, slicing, and mixing the apples with the filling ingredients. It is the perfect combination!
- Apples – The apples are the main event! Peel and slice each apple. We love to use tart green apples like 5-6 Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Pink Lady, or Granny Smith apples.
- Seasonings – Ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg are both used in the apple pie filling. These are both fall favorites that are warm and pair well with tart apples.
- Almond extract – Rather than using vanilla extract we have found that almond adds just a touch of savory and sweet to the apple pie filling ingredients. It gives the filling a warm, rich flavor that is so delicious!
Easy Crumb Topping
I love how easy Dutch apple pie is to make! The crust topping comes together with just a little mixing. No rolling pin, no store-bought crust, or chilling pie dough for hours. This crust topping is a crumbly mixture that is baked a golden brown crispy color. It is a sweet and delicious crust!
- Flour – All-purpose flour is used for the base and thickness of the crumbs.
- Butter – Take the butter out of the fridge and slice it into small cubes. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix the ingredients together. The pastry cutter will give it a crumbly topping appearance.
- Sugar – Granulated white sugar is mixed in for sweetness. This also aids in helping the topping get a nice golden bake on top.
How to Make Dutch Apple Pie from Scratch
Homemade Dutch apple pie is formed in layers like most pies! First, make the crust for the bottom to hold the apple filling together. Layer the apple pie filling with fresh apples and sweet and savory seasonings, then lastly add the crumble topping for the perfect Dutch apple pie recipe!
- Crust – Combine all the crust ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well and pat into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Don’t roll the dough out.
- Topping – Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour and sugar, and mix until crumbly. Set aside.
- Combine and layer – Combine all ingredients, except the apples, in a large bowl. Mix well, then toss the apples in the mixture. Put the apple filling into the unbaked pie crust. Top with crumb topping.
- Bake – Place the pie inside a brown paper bag. Once the pie is inside, roll up the top of the bag and close it together with either staples or large paper clips. Place the bag on the lowest shelf in the oven.
- Cool – Don’t open the bag until the time is up and you have let it cool outside the oven for about 5 minutes. Allow the pie to cool to room temperature.
Tips for an Easy Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
Follow these helpful tips to make the best Dutch apple pie! Preparing apples and making the crust are two important parts of this Dutch apple pie recipe. Use these tips to help make it easier and quicker for you to make this pie recipe over and over again!
- Apples – Make the right choice with green apples that are a little tart. If you are worried about the flavor you can add one or two red apples in with the green.
- Lemon juice – After slicing apples, they tend to go brown quickly. Soak the apples into the lemon juice. This enhances apple skin to a bright creamy, white color.
- Slice apples – Evenly slice the apples so they are the same size to ensure the apples are baking together at the same time. This is mainly for baking purposes.
- Crust – Prebake the crust before adding the apple pie filling to the crust. This will help it not be soggy from the filling.
- Food processor – You can use a food processor or just your fingers to get a pea-sized crumble. Sprinkle it over the top and bake in a paper bag!
- Crumb topping – Some people love adding nuts to their desserts. This is a great recipe to add to it! Add in chopped nuts, rolled oats of a pinch of cardamom for extra flavor and texture!
- Caramel – If you love caramel apples then this extra is for you! Drizzle overtop the pie and even a scoop of vanilla ice cream homemade caramel or storebought for an extra sweetness!
Using a Brown Paper Bag Tips
Don’t skip this step! A lot of people are nervous about this recipe because you bake the pie in a brown paper bag. Don’t worry, the bag will not catch on fire, you will not open the oven to find flames. The flash point of paper is extremely high and won’t be reached in your oven.
- Place on the center rack – Just be sure to have it centered on the bottom rack and that the bag is at least a good six inches from the burners along the top of the oven.
- Brown bag magic – The brown bag is seriously magic. It helps the pie cook evenly and keeps the crumb topping from burning, all while giving the crust a gorgeous golden brown color.
- Where to find – I can always find brown bags at Trader Joe’s or Albertsons, but if you absolutely can’t get your hands on a brown paper bag,
- Aluminum foil – You will need to cover the top of your Dutch apple pie with aluminum foil instead if you can not find a brown bag.
When it comes to ice cream versus whipped cream, I am not picking a side! Even though this delicious Dutch apple pie recipe can totally stand on its own, who can resist a little topping of all kinds?! The toppings are endless and SO good!
- Ice cream – Serve up a slice a la mode, with our fabulous homemade vanilla ice cream.
- Whipped topping – Top with our yummy homemade whipped topping! It’s really easy to make!
- Caramel sauce – Top with a drizzle of caramel sauce and some chopped walnuts or pecans.
- Brown sugar – Sprinkle brown sugar over the top of your ice cream for a pretty garnish.
“This is SO good! Have made it a few times, and the results are yummy! People are amazed that the bag doesn’t catch on fire! Heat does weaken the bag, so pick it up carefully from the bottom!😋😋”-Ann
Frequently Asked Questions
The difference is at the top of the pie. A Dutch apple pie has a crumb topping while a traditional apple pie is topped with a pie crust.
A simple crumb topping made of flour, sugar, and butter. It is a simple combination!
Some say there was an apple pie in a Dutch cookbook from the 1500s, other sources say the crumb topping comes from the Pennsylvania colonists and is not Dutch at all, but is an Americanized version of a Dutch “Appeltaart.”
The key is using tart and crisp apples, like Granny Smiths or Pink Ladies. Red Delicious apples won’t taste as good and will get too mushy. Braeburn and Galas work great for this recipe too!
Yes! You can prepare the pie a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Bake the pie in advance and let it cool. Once the pie has cooled place the pie in the fridge overnight.
If you feel that the streusel topping is browning fast you can cover the pie with aluminum foil when there are 10 to 15 minutes left on the baking time.
Yes, you can use a gluten-free pie crust on the bottom. For the crumble topping, you can use a gluten-free flour mixture for the all-purpose flour ingredient.
Storing and Reheating Dutch Apple Pie
It is always nice to see an extra slice of pie sitting on your counter or stored in the refrigerator! We always love having leftovers of dessert that are convenient and easy to store and heat up. Follow these ways that are best for you to store your Dutch apple pie recipe!
- Room temperature – Since the Dutch apple pie does not have any cream in the filling the pie can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Place in an airtight container and store the pie dish in the fridge.
- Refrigerator – Cover the baking pie dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for one week.
- Freezing – Wrap the apple pie tightly in plastic wrap then another layer of aluminum foil. If it fits in an airtight container or ziplock bag place that around the layered wrapping. Store in the freezer for two to three months.
- Thawing – Place the frozen Dutch apple pie in the refrigerator to let it thaw before reheating.
- Reheating – It is best to reheat a slice or the whole pie plate in the oven until it is warmed through. You can also warm it up in the microwave. Reheating times will vary depending on how big the Dutch apple pie slice or pie is.
More Delicious Pie Recipes
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How to Make Dutch Apple Pie
Dutch Apple Pie
- Conventional Oven
For the Crust:
For the Apple Filling:
For the Crust:
- Combine all the crust ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and pat into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Don't roll the dough out.
For the Crumb Topping:
- Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour and sugar, and mix until crumbly. Set aside.
For the Apple Filling:
- Combine all ingredients, except the apples, in a bowl. Mix well, then toss the apples in the mixture. Put the apple filling into the unbaked pie crust.
- Top with crumb topping.
- Place the pie inside a brown paper bag. Once the pie is inside, roll up the top of the bag and close it together with either staples or large paper clips. Place the bag on the lowest shelf in the oven. Bake at 350 for 90 minutes. Don't open the bag until the time is up and you have let it cool outside the oven for about 5 minutes.
- Allow the pie to cool to room temperature.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream.
- Best apples for this pie: Granny Smith apples, Honeycrisp apples, Jonagold apples, or Pink Lady apples. You can also do a mix of a couple of varieties of apples.
- Let the brown paper bag do its job. Once you close the pie inside the bag, staple it shut, and don’t peek until the timer goes off! Let the pie sit inside the bag for about five minutes, then take it out and cool before slicing.
- To store leftovers, cover slices of pie with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to five days. Any longer than that and the crust can get soggy. Remove the plastic wrap before warming slices of pie in the microwave, or eat it cold for breakfast!
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