This delicious Apple crisp pie is very indulgent and flavorful and it's the perfect fall dessert. Made with a buttery, flaky crust, filled with a generous layer of tender, cinnamon-flavored apples and completely covered with a crispy crumble topping.
Why you'll love this recipe
This Apple crisp pie also known as Dutch Apple Pie recipe is my favorite dessert during apple season and a nice alternative and an easier way to the classic Apple pie.
This very delicious apple crumble pie is simply the combination of my two favorite desserts, apple tart and apple crumble
Dutch Apple pie is loaded with 3 easy preparations, a buttery and flaky pie dough usually used in pies like pumpkin pie or pecan pie. With a generous cinnamon apple filling covered entirely with a homemade crumb topping.
It is a highly prepared dessert in the season of Autumn, it has a delicious flavor of cooked apples with cinnamon, on a buttery and flaky pie crust and its delicious crunchy streusel-like crumble.
Usually served a bit warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce, it's the ultimate dessert to share with the family.
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Ingredients you need
*You will find the quantities and complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the page.
- Flour: Use all-purpose flour, ideal for pie crusts as it ensures a light and flaky texture.
- Sugar: Powdered sugar adds a touch of sweetness to the pie crust, but its primary role is structural, contributing to the texture and color of the crust.
- Salt: Salt is essential to enhance the flavor of the pie crust. It balances the sweetness of the sugar and adds depth to the flavors.
- Butter: Cold unsalted Butter is the key ingredient that brings richness and flavor to the crust. Make sure it's cold to achieve a flaky and tender texture.
- Water: Ice-cold water is used to bind the dry ingredients and form the dough. It should be very cold to maintain the flakiness of the crust.
Apple pie filling
- Apples: Use ripe apples with juicy, sweet flesh such as golden delicious, Gala, Pink lady or granny smith apples.
- Sugar: Brown sugar or light brown sugar is an optional flavoring for the apple filling. You can replace it with granulated sugar or leave it out.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice is optional and adds a touch of tartness to the pie.
- Flour: Flour helps thicken the filling and gives a soft texture.
- Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon adds a delicious flavor to baked apples.
- Vanilla extract and salt: To perfume and bring out all the flavors.
Sweet crumb topping
- Flour: All-purpose flour is typically used in crumb toppings. It provides structure and helps create a nice crumbly texture.
- Almond Meal: Almond meal adds a nutty flavor and extra texture to the topping. It's made from finely ground almonds and complements the sweetness of the brown sugar.
- Brown Sugar: Brown sugar provides sweetness and a rich, caramel-like flavor to the topping. It also contributes to the crumbly texture.
- Sea Salt: A pinch of sea salt enhances the overall flavor of the topping by balancing the sweetness and adding a hint of saltiness. It's a common addition to dessert toppings to make the flavors pop.
- Butter: Butter is a key ingredient that binds the dry ingredients together to form the crumb topping. It should be cold and cut into small pieces, so when it bakes, it creates a crispy, buttery layer on top of the pie.
How to make Easy Apple Crumble Pie
- In a medium bowl put all the ingredients, flour, almond meal, brown sugar, and sea salt.
- Mix until you have a homogeneous mixture.
- Add the cold unsalted butter pieces and mix with your fingers until you get a sandy preparation.
- Gather the dough into a compact ball, then crumble it into small pieces.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
- Place dry ingredients, flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Add the cold butter pieces and crumble with your fingertips until you get a sandy texture.
- Add the cold water and gather the dough with your hands until you get a homogeneous ball of dough without kneading it too much.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Apple Pie filling
- Place sliced apples, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, lemon juice, flour, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
- Mix with a tablespoon until you have a homogeneous mixture.
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C and prepare a deep pie plate of 9 inch / 22-24 cm width by greasing it with butter.
- Roll pastry dough out on a floured work surface or between 2 sheets of parchment paper on a large disk the diameter of the pan.
- Line the pie dish with the pie disk, form a nice border and prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork.
- Fill the inside with the cinnamon apple mixture.
- Then pour all the crumble on top of the pie until all the apples are covered.
- Bake in the oven at half height for about 1 hour until golden brown on top.
- Let the Dutch apple pie cool completely in the pan before serving it with a little vanilla ice cream and salted caramel.
Storage and freeze instructions
In the fridge: The Dutch apple pie can only be stored in the fridge because the fruit filling is fragile. Cover it with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freezer: You can also store this Dutch apple pie in the freezer for up to 3 months, well wrapped in plastic wrap or in a storage box. Let it thaw gently in the refrigerator.
Tips for this recipe
- Choose the right apples: Opt for a combination of sweet and tart apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn for a balanced flavor and texture.
- Peel and slice evenly: Peel the apples and slice them evenly to ensure they cook uniformly.
- Cold butter for streusel: Use cold butter when making the streusel to create a crumbly texture. Cut it into small cubes or use a grater to incorporate it into the dry ingredients.
- Layer the streusel evenly: Spread the streusel topping evenly over the apple filling to ensure it covers the entire pie.
- Bake until golden brown: Bake the pie until the streusel topping is golden brown and the apple filling is bubbling, indicating that the apples are tender.
- Cool before serving: Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for at least 1-2 hours before serving to let the filling set and the flavors meld.
Caramel Apple Crumble pie: Drizzle caramel sauce over the apples before adding the crumble topping for a rich and indulgent twist.
Mixed Berry Apple Crumble: Combine apples with a mixture of berries like blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries for a colorful and flavorful crumble.
Cranberry Apple Crumble: Incorporate dried cranberries or fresh cranberries into the filling for a tart and tangy flavor.
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