Traditional Dutch Apple Pie with Crumb Streusel

3 minutes
October 3, 2022
Carole JonesJump to Recipe

A traditional Dutch apple pie is a great first pie to try to make….because there’s not an additional pie crust to roll out and try to get on top without it falling apart. Honestly, I actually prefer Dutch apple pie to regular because it’s like an apple crisp inside a pie shell. Heavenly!

slice of traditional dutch apple pie
whole streusel apple pie

Difference Between a Dutch Apple and an Apple Pie

Just looking at the pie will give you the biggest difference, the crumb topping. A traditional Dutch apple pie can also be found to have cream added to the pie filling, but not all of them, including this one.

One of the benefits of a Dutch apple vs traditional is that you won’t end up with that big space under your top crust as the apples cook down in the oven. The crumb topping just settles right on down with the apples 🙂

If you’ve never made an apple pie before, please try this one first because not only do I think it is better than traditional, it is much easier to master your first time around.

dutch apple pie

What Type of Crust to Use in a Dutch Apple Pie

There is nothing special about a crust for a Dutch apple pie. You can use a store-bought one, or try my fabulously flaky homemade pie crust recipe. Don’t let anyone guilt you into thinking that your crust has to be homemade to make this amazing pie taste great.

whole traditional dutch apple pie

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slice of traditional dutch apple pie

Traditional Dutch Apple Pie with Crumb Streusel

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An easy apple pie with an amazing crumble on top! Perfect for the holidays.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 pie 1x



1 store-bought refrigerated pie crust or your favorite homemade recipe

8 cups peeled and sliced apples

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon cinnmon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the crumb topping:

1 cup flour

2/3 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roll out the pie crust into a 9″ pie pan and crimp the edges. Place in the fridge to keep it cold while you prepare the rest of the steps.
  3. Combine the apples, flour, sugar, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Blend together with your fingers the flour, brown sugar, and butter for the crumb topping until the butter is mixed in enough so you can squeeze it with your hand and it sticks together.
  5. Pour the apples into the pie crust, then top with the crumb streusel, making some bigger and some smaller crumbs.
  6. Bake the pie on the middle rack for 40-45 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown.  Allow to cool completely before serving.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 489
  • Sugar: 48 g
  • Sodium: 139 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 81 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 36 mg

Step by Step Instructions for Streusel Apple Pie

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


4 years ago

Is your pie a deep dish pie or not? Thanks

4 years ago

Hi Dolores! Nope, just a regular 9″ pie pan. Please come back and leave a review once you try it!

4 years ago

What variety of apples do you use?

4 years ago

Great question Jane! I used 50% Granny Smith and 50% Gala, but honestly, any apples you have will work well.

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