As we dive into fall, we can’t help but roll up our sleeves and start baking some pies. It is pie season after all, and this dutch apple pie recipe is one of our favorite reasons why we love this season so very much.
A Dutch apple pie is different from regular apple pie thanks to the irresistible streusel finish on top. Instead of using pie crust on top of the apple filling, a dutch apple pie is made with a crumb topping consisting of butter, flour, and sugar.
In this case, we made a dutch apple pie with an oatmeal streusel. The oatmeal provides even more texture and delicious flavor to the topping, which complements the warm and tender apple filling beautifully.
The key to getting a gorgeous crumb topping for Dutch apple pie is to keep your butter cold throughout the preparation process. If the butter is melted, you’ll never get those gorgeous clumps of flaky goodness on top of your pie.
The best way to keep your butter from melting while incorporating it into the crumb mixture is to avoid using your hands. Instead, tools like a pastry cutter can help you cut the butter into the flour easily and effectively.
Making this Dutch apple pie recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare and then another 40 to 45 minutes in the oven to bake. You’ll definitely know this pie is ready when the crumb topping is golden brown and the apple filling is bubbling away and filling your home with a heavenly aroma.