Dutch Apple Pie Crumble

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Seeing that this week has flown by, decided that I needed to end the week with some goodies. We had another couple over for dessert after my hubby played the piano for a hymn sing at a retirement community, so I knew that I had to make something seasonal. I decided that since I had so many apples left at home that I would make an apple dessert. I was inspired by another friend’s recipe we had while at donner last week, so it convinced me to make one too. I have never made one mainly because I have always thought it to be a very sweet dessert. My hubby and I have many definitions of what one would call VERY sweet and NOT so sweet. I do not think either one of us will ever win this debate.

While I thought that this recipe was a great one, especially the pie crust, I thought that it was terribly sweet. My hubby thought it was not sweet enough. I was very pleased with how the pie came out, it is just not going to be one of my favorites, unless I make it my own somehow. This is for later taste testings! Our company liked it, so that was the most important thing for me! Two thumbs up!

Dutch Apple Pie Crumble

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from Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook

9-inch pie, serves 8

Pie Crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening
4 to 5 Tbsp cold water

In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until pieces are pea size.

Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of the water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened pastry to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 Tbsp of the water at a time, until all the flour mixture is moistened. Form pastry into ball.

On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Wrap pastry circle around the rolling pin. Unroll into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease into pie plate without stretching it. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Crimp edge as desired.

Apple filling

6 cups thinly sliced, peeled cooking apples (about 2 1/4 lbs)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (optional)
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup dried cherries or cranberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare and roll out pie crust on pie plate.

If desired, sprinkle apples with lemon juice. In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add apple slices and, if desired, berries. Gently toss until coated.

Transfer apple mixture to the pastry-lined pie plate. Prepare crumble topping recipe.


Stir together 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. Usin a pastry blender, cut in 3 Tbsp butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apple mixture.

Bake for 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack. To serve warm, let pie cool at least 2 hours.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16492661388892873640 Simply Life

    Oh I’m definitely saving this as a favorite -thanks!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00495903173224103152 Cookin’ Canuck

    This looks delicious! I love the idea of putting dried cherries or cranberries into the filling.

  • http://www.tropicaleats.com/ Shannon, Tropical Eats

    Thank you so much for your colorful broccoli salad recipe!

    That pie looks insanely good :) Love your blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08169678773568432335 Rachelle

    Give me cup of coffee … a scoop of ice cream … and a slice of this pie and I’m good to go!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00328907180404879987 CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta

    we ate this pie a lot in PA where I grew up. Thanks for enticing the delicious memories.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

    Thank you for all the nice comments!!

    Cookin’Canuck–my husband is a purist, so he rather have JUST apples. I read on Cooks Ilustrated that the original recipe tracked in 1600s states that there was some dried type of fruit in the pie. I was happy to add the cherries.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05478264045706198065 megan

    oh this looks great. I love apple pie, but I’ve never made one by myself! Maybe I will try this year for Thanksgiving :)

  • http://alteregobakingcompany.wordpress.com/ Neve

    This pie is in the oven right now…looks great so far! It’s so simple and easy to make. Thanks for shaing!