Dutch Apple Crumb Pie with Streusel Topping

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Easy recipe for Dutch apple crumb pie with a sweet streusel crumble topping over a cinnamon spiced apple filling, baked in the best pie crust ever!

Apple crumb pie is one dessert I make every year about this time, and I love to enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or cinnamon ice cream).

While apple pie and apple crisp taste good any time of year, there's something about going to the orchard when the air is just getting crisp outside, picking up a box of seconds, and making all the apple recipes, including this deep dish apple crumb pie.

slice of Dutch apple crumb pie with scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, on white plate with fork

I remember as a kid, my neighbors had apple trees. In fact, their yard was pretty much an orchard.

Considering all the neighborhood kids, it was a wonder they had any apples left because we'd gorge ourselves on apples when given the chance, sometimes even when they were green as green can be. Man, those apples were good.

There is nothing quite like the flavor of a fresh apple straight from the tree. Store bought just can't compare.

When it comes to apple pie, there's something wonderful about using the freshest apple you can possibly find. It adds so much more flavor into the pie than the average apple from the store.

One of the best parts of making an apple crumble pie is the fact that you don't have to add a top crust. While a top crust isn't necessarily hard, Dutch apple pie topping is easier and quicker.

whole apple crumb pie in pie plate, sitting on black wire rack, surrounded by apples, forks, and a blue cloth

And if you're a beginner pie baker, apple pie with crumb topping is definitely the best apple pie recipe to start with on your pie making journey. You can even make delicious baked cinnamon apples without the crust.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my baking tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the Dutch apple pie recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card with a longer how to video.

WHAT IS DUTCH APPLE CRUMB PIE?

Dutch apple pie is easier than a traditional apple pie because it only involves a single pie crust. Instead of the second crust, it covers the delicious apple pie filling with a streusel topping that crumbles over the apples.

This is definitely my favorite apple pie recipe, not only because it's easy to make, but also because it's so delicious.

sliced Dutch apple pie in glass Pyrex pie plate

WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR PIE?

Personally, I love making pie with Jonathan apples or Jonagold apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp.

Some of the best apples for pie include:

  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Empire
  • Braeburn
  • Cortland
  • and Northern Spy – According to Bob's Red Mill, this is a rare apple and hard to find; but if you love apple pie, it's definitely one you may want to hunt down.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE BEST APPLES FOR APPLE PIE?

Fall is a great time to find the best apples for pie, but you can use any apples you can find, whether you’re shopping at an orchard, a farmer’s market, or the store.

However, in the fall, you can usually buy seconds at just about any orchard (and sometimes at the farmer’s market). Meaning you can buy a HUGE box of apples for a lot less than normal cost, which is going to save you a ton of money.

half eaten slice of apple pie with crumb topping, with scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, on white plate

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Apple Peeler – Making apple pie, apple bundt cakeapple butter, apple juice, applesauce, and all things apple will never be the same tedious task with this tool. It makes the process so much quicker and easier.

Paring Knife

Mixing Bowl

Glass Pie Plates – This pie plate is my old faithful pie plate. I’ve had it forever, probably since we got married. Mine actually has the fluted edge sorta built in too, so you can press it in and get somewhat of a decorative edge without a lot of handiwork on your part.

Pastry Blender

Pie Shield or Aluminum Foil – to keep the edges of your crust from burning.

Wire Rack – for cooling the pie.

Pie Server

Coffee Maker with Coffee – Some of my favorite memories are dessert with my grandmother. She always loved a hot cup of coffee with her pie.

HOW TO MAKE DUTCH APPLE PIE FROM SCRATCH

There are 3 parts to this wonderful autumn dessert, including the crust, the apple pie filling, and the crumble topping. Let's start with the crust.

MAKING THE PIE CRUST:

If you prefer a traditional roll-out crust, this pie crust is the way to go. If you want to keep it easy, try  making this no-roll pie crust.

If you prefer not to make a crust at all, you're more than welcome to use a store bought pie crust; no judgment here.

MAKING APPLE PIE FILLING:

  1. Wash, core, peel, and thinly slice the apples, adding them to a large bowl. An apple peeler makes this process so much easier and quicker too.
peeled and sliced apples in green bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Melt the butter, and mix it into the prepared apples.
  2. Then add the sour cream, sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Mix together well.
ingredients for making apple crumble pie filling in green bowl on white countertop
  1. Take your pie crust out of the fridge, and pour the apple mixture into the pie shell.
apple pie filling in unbaked crust on white countertop

MAKING DUTCH APPLE PIE TOPPING:

  1. Add flour, brown sugar, and sugar to a small mixing bowl, and mix together well.
flour, brown sugar, and sugar in metal mixing bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Slice cold butter into the dry ingredients.
sliced butter in crumb topping ingredients in metal mixing bowl
  1. Then mix together with a pastry blender. It will form into a nice crumbly mixture.
crumb topping for apple pie in metal mixing bowl with pastry blender
  1. Top off your pie with the crumble topping, making sure you crumble it all up around the edge, as well.
apple crumb pie with half of top crumbled

HOW TO BAKE THE PIE:

Place your pie plate on a baking sheet (a cookie sheet works just fine), and bake at 375° F for about an hour. And as I've recommended before, you can use a pie shield to keep your crust from getting too brown around the edges.

Once the pie is done, take it out of the oven, and allow it to cool on a wire rack.

sliced deep dish apple crumb pie in glass Pyrex pie plate on light blue-green cloth

HOW TO KNOW WHEN A DUTCH APPLE PIE IS DONE, YOU ASK?

The crust and crumb topping will have turned a nice golden brown. The apple pie filling will also be very bubbly, and the apples will soften; you can test them with a fork.

While you're waiting, you can mix up a quick batch of whipped cream to top off your pie. Better yet, serve it with a scoop of old fashioned vanilla ice cream. Yum!

fork with bite of Dutch apple crumb pie on white plate, slice of apple pie topped with scoop of vanilla ice cream

IS THIS DUTCH APPLE PIE RECIPE GLUTEN-FREE?

You can absolutely make it gluten-free by substituting a good gluten-free flour (<— this one's my favorite) for the all-purpose flour. And then also make the pie crust with gluten-free flour.

Also, be sure to check labels on all of the ingredients, just to be safe, especially the spices you use because they can be a risk for cross-contamination.

above looking down on slice of apple crumble pie with scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, on white plate with fork, surrounded by apples and glass Pyrex pie plate

HOW TO STORE DEEP DISH APPLE CRUMB PIE

You can make this pie in advance, but I wouldn't recommend more than a day ahead of time, unless you're going to freeze the pie.

To store the pie, I recommend covering it well and placing it in the refrigerator. You can warm it up the next day at a low temperature in the oven, or in the microwave.

CAN YOU FREEZE APPLE CRUMBLE PIE?

Yes, you can freeze this deep dish apple crumb pie. Just make sure it’s covered well so it doesn’t get freezer burn.

You may also want to make it in a pie dish you don’t plan to use again before you take the pie out of the freezer; or use a disposable aluminum pie plate.

When you're ready to eat it, be sure to allow plenty of time to thaw before serving.

slice of deep dish apple crumb pie on white plate with fork

MORE FAMILY FAVORITE PIE RECIPES:

Find more holiday dessert recipes on my list of Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes.

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Dutch Apple Crumb Pie with Streusel Topping

Dutch Apple Crumb Pie with Streusel Topping

Easy recipe for Dutch apple crumb pie with a sweet streusel crumble topping over a cinnamon spiced apple filling, baked in the best pie crust ever!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

Apple Pie Filling:

Crumb Topping:

Instructions

  1. Make a single pie crust and have it ready to go beforehand.
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 375°.
  3. Wash, core, peel, and thinly slice the apples*, adding them to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Melt the butter, and mix it into the prepared apples.
  5. Then add the sour cream, pure cane sugar, brown sugar, flour, spices, and lemon juice. Mix together well.
  6. Take your pie crust out of the fridge, and pour your apple pie filling into the pie shell.
  7. Now for the crumb topping... Mix together the flour, brown sugar, and pure cane sugar.
  8. Then slice cold butter into the dry ingredients, and mix together with a pastry blender. It will form into a nice crumbly mixture.
  9. Top off your pie with the crumble topping, making sure you crumble it all up around the edge, as well.
  10. Place your pie plate on a baking sheet, and bake at 375° for about 1 hour, possibly a little longer depending on whether or not your crust is done.
  11. Once the pie is done, take it out of the oven, and allow it to cool on a wire rack.
  12. You can serve it, topped with a bit of whipped cream for a delicious treat. Better yet, serve it with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Notes

**You can make this pie gluten-free by substituting a good gluten-free flour (<— this one's my favorite) for the all-purpose flour. And then also make the pie crust with gluten-free flour. Also, be sure to check labels on any of the above ingredients, just to be safe, especially the spices you use.

*An easy way to prep the apples is to use an apple peeler. It just makes the process so much quicker and easier.

HOW TO KNOW WHEN A DUTCH APPLE PIE IS DONE, YOU ASK?

The crust and crumb topping will have turned a nice golden brown. The apple pie filling will also be very bubbly, and the apples will soften; you can test them with a fork.

WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR PIE?

Personally, I love making pie with Jonathan apples or Jonagold apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp.

Some of the best apples for pie include:

  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Empire
  • Braeburn
  • Cortland
  • and Northern Spy

HOW TO STORE DEEP DISH APPLE CRUMB PIE

You can make this pie in advance, but I wouldn't recommend more than a day ahead of time, unless you're going to freeze the pie.

To store the pie, I recommend covering it well and placing it in the refrigerator. You can warm it up the next day at a low temperature in the oven, or in the microwave.

CAN YOU FREEZE APPLE CRUMBLE PIE?

Yes, you can freeze this deep dish apple crumb pie. Just make sure it’s covered well so it doesn’t get freezer burn. You may also want to make it in a pie dish you don’t plan to use again before you take the pie out of the freezer; or use a disposable aluminum pie plate.

When you're ready to eat it, be sure to allow plenty of time to thaw before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 164mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 3gSugar: 34gProtein: 3g

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23 thoughts on “Dutch Apple Crumb Pie with Streusel Topping”

  1. So this is pretty much the only apple pie I make now! I use an all butter crust recipe and add apple pie spice and fresh ginger to the apple pie mix but otherwise stay true to form. Thank you for such a delicious recipe that has my husband saying “man I love apple pie!”

    Reply
  2. Hello you have very good pie recipes, but I like you to give me Apple pie pastry recipe if you don’t mind thank you.

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