Dutch Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

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How to make the best homemade Dutch apple pie with crumb topping. Easy recipe with an old-fashioned pie filling, crust, and streusel all from scratch.

Apple crumb pie is one dessert I make every year about this time and serve it with a scoop of ice cream.

slice of apple pie with crumb topping and whipped cream on a white pioneer woman plate

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 Dutch apple pie recipe.

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

Between their kids and all the neighbor 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.

But 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.

And when it comes to pie, there's something 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 crumb 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.

And if you're a beginner pie baker, this is definitely the best apple pie recipe to start with on your pie making journey.

whole apple crumb pie in ceramic pie plate

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 recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card with a longer how to video.

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
  • Braeburn
  • 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.

sliced whole apple pie with slice of pie on white plate with fork

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.

Baking Sheet You can put your pie plate on this to catch any possible drips while baking.

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 APPLE PIE WITH CRUMB TOPPING

Let’s talk about the crust first…

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.

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.
  2. Melt the butter, and mix it into the prepared apples.
  3. Then add the sour cream, sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Mix together well.
  4. Take your pie crust out of the fridge, and pour the apple mixture into the pie shell.

MAKING DUTCH APPLE PIE TOPPING:

  1. Add flour, brown sugar, and sugar to a small mixing bowl, and mix together well.
  2. Slice cold butter into the dry ingredients, and mix together with a pastry blender. It will form into a nice crumbly mixture.
Dutch apple pie with half the Dutch apple pie topping on top and apple pie filling on one side

FINISH IT OFF:

  1. Top off your pie with the crumble topping, making sure you crumble it all up around the edge, as well.
  2. Place your pie plate on a baking sheet (a cookie sheet works just fine), and bake according to the instructions in the recipe card below.

You want the crumb topping to turn a nice golden brown. 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.

While you're waiting, you can even 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!

up close slice of the best apple pie recipe with whipped cream on top

IS THIS DUTCH APPLE PIE RECIPE GLUTEN-FREE?

You can absolutely make it gluten-free by substituting a good cup for cup gluten-free flour 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.

CAN YOU FREEZE APPLE PIE?

Yes, you can freeze apple 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.

MORE FAMILY FAVORITE PIE RECIPES:

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

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Yield: 8

Dutch Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

Dutch Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

How to make the best homemade Dutch apple pie with crumb topping. Easy recipe with an old-fashioned pie filling, crust, and streusel all from scratch.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 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 cup for cup gluten-free flour 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.

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

10. You want the crumb topping to turn a nice golden brown. And as I've recommended before, you can use a pie shield to keep your crust from getting too brown around the edges.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 164mg Carbohydrates: 54g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 34g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g

17 thoughts on “Dutch Apple Pie with Crumb 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!”

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