This homemade Dutch Apple Pie is a showstopping holiday-worthy dessert. It is everything you love about Classic Apple Pie with a buttery crumb topping.

Dutch apple pie recipe with apple crumb topping served in pie pan

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We love apple recipes from Apple Turnovers to Baked Apples. There is nothing like the sweet smell of homemade apple desserts. If you are a fan of apples, this Dutch Apple Pie Recipe is a must-try! Watch the video tutorial and you will master this pie in no time.

Dutch Apple Pie Video Tutorial:

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What is a Dutch Apple Pie?

Dutch Apple Pie is essentially a crumb topped apple pie. We use a traditional butter crust to line the pie plate, fill with apples like you would for classic Apple Pie, and top with a buttery crumb-pecan topping.

Dutch apple pie slice on a spatula

The Best Apples for Baking:

We highly recommend using Granny Smith Apples for most apple desserts. The contrast of the tangy apples with the sweetness of the filling is irresistible. While Granny Smith works best, you can substitute. Be sure to use a crisp/tart apple that is not overly ripe.

If you are using sweeter apples, I suggest squeezing some fresh lemon juice over your apple slices to balance the sweetness and cutting down on the sugar in the filling. You can Substitute with: Jonagold, Braeburn, Pink Lady, or Honey Crisp.

Ingredients for apple crumb pie

How To Slice Apples: You can peel, core, and slice the apples by hand with a knife, but the fastest and easiest way is to use an Apple Slicer. It does all of the prep in one step. Watch the video tutorial above to see this in action.

Sliced apples with apple slicer

How to Make Apple Crumb Pie:

A Dutch apple pie sounds fancy but the process is simple and you will impress everyone with your stunning pie.

  1. Make the Crust – roll a chilled pie disk and transfer it to a pie pan.
  2. Prep ApplesPeel, core and slice the apples. Toss with cinnamon.
  3. Make the Filling – in a saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour then add sugar, and water. Stir sauce into sliced apples.
  4. Make Crumb Topping – using your hands, form pea-sized crumbles from flour, brown and granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter then add pecans.
  5. Assemble and Bake – pour the apple filling over the bottom crust, smooth out the top and cover with crumb topping. Bake at 375˚F for 55 minutes.
How to make apple crumb pie step by step photos

How to Make a Crumb Topping:

A crumb topping is simple to make and all you need are your hands to form the crumbs. Mix dry ingredients together, then work softened butter into the flour until well incorporated and coarse crumbs form, then fold in the pecans.

How to make apple crumb topping for pie.

How to Transfer a Pie Crust:

The easiest way to transfer a pie crust is to wrap it around your rolling pin and then unroll it into your pie pan. Watch the video tutorial to see this process in action.

rolling and transferring pie crust

Common Questions:

Can I use a store-bought crust?

Absolutely! If the only thing stopping you from making this is the homemade pie crust, then buy a pre-made crust. If the crust is frozen, thaw according to package instructions and proceed with the recipe as usual.

Can I substitute the pecans?

You can leave out the pecans or replace them with chopped walnuts, sliced or slivered almonds.

How do I know when my pie is done?

The pie is done when you see bubbling juices at the edges coming through the topping. You can also check with an instant-read thermometer. Pectin breaks down and softens the apples at 175˚ so you want your pie filling to reach 175˚F.

How thick should the apples be sliced for pie?

For the apples to cook through evenly, cut your apples slices 1/4″ thick.

What is the best pie pan?

This recipe has a generous amount of filling so we recommend a deep-dish pie pan.

Baked dutch apple pie with green apples

How to Serve Dutch Apple Pie:

Dutch apple pie is a show-stopping holiday dessert. If you want to make it even more decadent, serve it with:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream – scooped over each slice
  • Caramel Sauce – drizzled over the pie
  • Whipped Cream – lightly sweetened

Make-Ahead Tips:

We love to make and serve the pie the same day it is made but you can pre-make portions of the pie or even bake the entire apple pie with crumb topping ahead.

  • Pie Crust – The homemade pie dough can be made 2 days ahead and refrigerated until ready to use. You can even mold it in the pie pan ahead, cover, and refrigerate a day ahead.
  • Crumble Topping – you can make the topping a day ahead, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Storing the Finished Pie – the pie can be baked, cooled, and refrigerated a day ahead. Bring the pie to room temperature or slightly warm it in the oven before serving.
Sliced leftover pie ready to be stored

Everything about this Dutch Apple Pie is good, from the flaky pastry dough to the warm gooey apple filling and crisp buttery pecan topping.

More Holiday Desserts:

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Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Dutch Apple Pie Recipe (Apple Crumb Pie)

4.99 from 256 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Slice of dutch apple pie with crumb topping
Dutch Apple pie is everything you love about classic apple pie with a crumb topping. Learn how to make a holiday-worthy Apple Crumb Pie.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes


Servings: 10 people

For the Dutch Apple Pie:

  • 1 pie crust , (1/2 of our pie dough recipe)
  • 2 1/4 lbs granny smith apples, 6 medium apples
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 375˚F with a rack on the bottom and a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Roll out your chilled pie dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12” diameter circle. Transfer to a 9” pie pan. Tuck excess pie dough into the dish and crimp the edges.
  • Peel, core, and thinly slice apples to about 1/4” thickness. You should have 7 cups of sliced apples. Place them in a mixing bowl and stir in 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in 3 Tbsp flour then simmer for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Whisk in 1/4 cup water, 1 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue simmering for 3 minutes, whisking frequently then remove from heat. Pour the sauce over the apples and stir to coat the apple slices. Pour apples over bottom crust.
  • To Make the Crumb Topping, stir together dry ingredients: flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter and work it into the mixture with our hands until pea-size crumbs form throughout the mixture. Stir in pecans. Spread the crumb topping evenly over your apples
  • Bake uncovered at 375˚F for 50-60 minutes (we found 55 minutes to be perfect), or until the center of the pie registers 175˚F. Place a sheet of foil on the bottom rack to catch any drips from the pie. If topping is browning too much, cover with a sheet of foil. Remove from oven and cool 1 hour to allow the filling to set so it’s easier to slice.

Nutrition Per Serving

493kcal Calories62g Carbs4g Protein27g Fat13g Saturated Fat49mg Cholesterol134mg Sodium169mg Potassium4g Fiber39g Sugar623IU Vitamin A5mg Vitamin C28mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Dutch Apple Pie Recipe (Apple Crumb Pie)
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dutch
Keyword: apple crumb pie, dutch apple pie
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 493

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Stacy Jackson
    April 25, 2024

    Just popped this in the oven! It was super easy, we will see how it tastes!


  • Michelle Wright
    January 28, 2024

    Hi Natasha,
    This recipe looks yummy!
    I’m just wondering if I can use other types of apples to use up what I have on hand. I have some Courtland apples that need using. Appreciate your feedback. Thank you.


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2024

      Hi Michelle, I haven’t tried those type of apples to recommend. You can check this section in the recipe “The Best Apples for Baking”


  • Anna
    January 3, 2024

    This was the best dutch apple pie ever. Made without pecans and cut the sugar by 1/2 since 1 cup seemed excessive. Also used 1 less apple as purchased pie crust was not deep dish. Amazing, will definitely make again.


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 3, 2024

      Awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  • Gabriella
    December 10, 2023

    Hi Natasha,
    made the pie right now, it’s in the oven. Your recipe is super easy and your presentation was clear, great and lots of fun. I will be looking for more recipes – as soon as this one comes out of the oven 🙂 Thank you!


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 10, 2023

      Thank you! I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try from us.


  • Stephanie D.
    December 7, 2023

    I made a pie for my husbands co-workers. They absolutely devoured it and said it was so good! This was the first pie I’ve ever made. Thank you


      December 7, 2023

      I’m so glad it was a hit, Stephanie!


  • Cheryl
    December 4, 2023

    This pie was so good ! Easy to follow directions. This is now a family favorite. Thank you


      December 4, 2023

      So glad to hear that, Cheryl!


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