We picked apples last week to kick off this gorgeous fall weather we are having. It was a great time watching my daughter get excited about picking them right off the trees, and I let her help me make pies when we got home.
It was a huge mess, and worth every bit of sticky to have my daughter take an interest in helping me bake. She stuck with me for the whole time, from peeling the apples to standing back while I put our pies in the oven. I wonder if I’m raising a little foodie??
Dutch Apple Pie is my very favorite, because it makes up pretty easily (especially if you use pre-made frozen crusts). It’s especially awesome with super fresh MacIntosh apples inside. Yummy! Hope you enjoy!
- 1 pre-made frozen crust, or use your own favorite family pie crust recipe
- 5 cups diced apples (peeled)
- ½ c. sugar
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp. flour
- ¾ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- (Optional: if you have a very sweet apple, add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice. Our MacIntosh apples are already a nice tart apple, so I omitted.)
- ¾ c. flour
- ⅓ c. softened butter (not melted)
- ¼ c. sugar
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
- Peel and dice your apples. This is, by far, the most time-consuming part of the recipe. Once this step is done, you are almost finished. If you are using large apples, 5 cups will be about 4 apples.
- Sift together all the dry filling ingredients. Then, stir in the apples. Mix it well.
- Add to prepared pie crusts. If you are using frozen crusts, you don't need to do anything special, you can use them straight from the freezer.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, sugars, and cinnamon for the topping. Cut in butter until it has a crumbly texture.
- Crumble topping evenly onto pie. I find that firmly packing a handful and crumbling it into small pieces gives the best texture, rather than sprinkling it on.
- Place pie on a foil lined sheet, and bake for 45-55 minutes. (The juice may boil and overflow, and it's much better to catch that on disposable foil!)
- Cool, serve, and enjoy!