Simple Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

September 6, 2018 (Last Updated: August 14, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

The tasty streusel topping makes this recipe special. The topping combines with a delicious crust and Apple filling to make a Simple Dutch Apple Pie Recipe.

Overhead view of Dutch Apple Pie on a white cloth with two apples and a knife. There is a black background that is sprinkled with flour.

We have already shared our perfect traditional apple pie and now we are going to start looking at some of the variations that a person can experiment with. Our experiment today in our apple pie series is a Dutch Apple Pie recipe! We are going to give you our recipe, but also talk about the differences between a traditional apple pie and our Dutch Variety. Enjoy this Dutch Apple Pie Recipe!

What Is A Dutch Apple Pie?

A Dutch Apple Pie is basically an apple pie, but the top crust is replaced with a streusel layer. The filling and bottom crust are basically the same thing as the traditional apple pie recipe. I suspect that the Dutch Apple Pie and traditional pie originated at about the same time in history, but the slight variation of the Dutch Apple Pie Recipe just gave a bit of variety in taste and complexity.

Really, I think a Dutch Apple Pie can be just as good as the traditional. While I definitely have a preference for a nice, flaky top crust, there is something to be said about having a nice sugar-based topping that most flakey crusts don’t have.

Why Make a Dutch Apple Pie?

I think the first reason to make a Dutch Apple Pie is flavor. We are replacing out a dough based topping for something that is primarily sugar. It is hard to go wrong with sugar, right? Yes, I love that flakey pie crust, but there is always room for a streusel topping.

In addition to flavor, I think a Dutch Apple Pie is easier to make. A nice, flakey crust can sometimes be difficult to get down. In fact, I made many different crusts before I finally decided on my final pie crust recipe. Then, I made many more pie crusts before I felt comfortable with the process. The bottom crust can be a little more forgiving, as it holds up a pound of apple/sugar mix. Streusel is just a matter of mixing some stuff together and sprinkling it evenly!

Difference Between a Dutch Apple Pie and a French Apple Pie

Well, the mystery continues on this one, for me. I found several sources that say a French Apple Pie and a Dutch Apple Pie are the same thing. In fact, my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook explains the French Apple Pie as a Dutch. Then, I found other sources that give the French Apple Pie a custard layer. Even further, I found some that say the French Apple Pie is what we traditionally call American Pie. I did try to find the answer to this, as I was really interested, but this one is going to have to be stored away in the annals of pie mysteries. Unless, of course, you have the answer. I am always interested in your thoughts on what the difference between a French and Dutch Apple pie are.

The Topping of Our Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

The topping of our Dutch Apple Pie Recipe is very similar to an apple crisp topping, minus the oatmeal. Flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter are the name of the game on this Dutch Apple Pie Recipe topping. How can it be bad, right?


picture of 5 Braeburn Apples on a table

All of the ingredients for the streusel of a dutch apple pie

Mixed Streusel for Dutch Apple Pie recipe

Dutch apple pie before we put the streusel topping on

Dutch Apple Pie Before oven

A single slice of a dutch apple pie with the rest showing in the background. There is a single Braeburn apple in the back and it is all on a white cloth.

Give this Dutch Apple Pie Recipe a try and let me know what you think! It really is a nice variation of a traditional apple pie and gives an added sugar kick to the traditional favorite. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to get updates via email and follow me on Instagram.

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Simple Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Overhead view of Dutch Apple Pie on a white cloth with two apples and a knife. There is a black background that is sprinkled with flour.

This Dutch Apple Pie Recipe is a sugary and easy twist on the classic apple pie. Get all of your apple pie flavors with an bit more richness from the yummy struesel topping!

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dutch


For Filling and Crust:

  • 1 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups white all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water (approximate)
  • 5 Medium Braeburn Apples
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

For Topping:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup and two tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Cut 1 sticks of butter into 1/2 inch cubes
  2. Place into freezer for 20 minutes
  3. Place 1 1/4 cups flour, 1/2 tablespoon sugar, and salt in food processor and pulse a few times to mix.
  4. After butter has been in the freezer for 20 minutes, add to food processor and pulse 5-6 times. The goal is to mix the butter into the flour. The cubes of butter should be no smaller than peas.
  5. Move flour mixture to large bowl
  6. Add water to flour 2 tablespoons at a time. Toss with fork. We want to get to the point when you take your hand squeeze a handful of flour, it should stick together.
  7. Work dough until it sticks together somewhat well and is in a disk. We don’t want the butter to fully incorporate. If you need to add more water, you can, but do so only very sparingly.
  8. Tightly wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer for 20 minutes
  9. Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg to large bowl
  10. While freezing, peel and finely slice 5 large apples.
  11. Mix apples, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  12. Preheat oven to 425
  13. Take dough out of freezer and unwrap
  14. Get to your zen place. Roll out the dough. I suggest looking at the section above where I talk about rolling out the dough.
  15. Place one pie crust on the bottom
  16. Add pie filling
  17. Mix topping ingredients together well and spread evenly on top of pie
  18. Trim excess dough, but the crust will shink a bit, so leave a bit
  19. Using fork, crimp the crust to give a pie crust look
  20. Put in for 35 minutes
  21. Remove tinfoil
  22. Check every 5 minutes and remove when it looks done. 40-45 minutes
  23. Let rest for at least 2 hours
  24. SERVE


Make sure to check out our traditional apple pie for some more pics on making the crust. This only requires one of the disks.

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