Dutch Apple Pie

When we think of fall favorite recipes you normally think pumpkin pie, stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey, green beans, cider mill donuts, apple cider, and one of my favorites apple pie. If you have ever made apple pie you know that finding the perfect recipe can sometimes be difficult. Well this year do not worry because we have found the perfect recipe for you AND it is Dutch apple pie, so it is even better than classic apple pie with the sugar crust on top baked until golden brown. Even with a graham cracker crust. This isn’t the normal crust for an apple pie, but if you try it this way you wont regret it.

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Apples:

  • 5 1/2 cups peeled cored sliced cooking apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, room temperature

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

First is the crust. Take the graham crackers and crush them until you get 1 1/2 cups. Melissa put them in a plastic bag and used Aidan’s toy hammer to crush them, but if you don’t have a toy hammer I find a wooden or plastic cooking spoon does the job as well. When those are all crushed and you have enough put them in a bowl and add the melted butter, ground cinnamon, and granulated sugar. Mix them together and when they are all mixed together put them in the pie pan. Press the crust on the bottom and the sides. Set aside for later.

Next is the apples. Cut, peel, and core 5 1/2 cups of cooking apples. Cut them into small to medium pieces. Put them in a mixing bowl and add the lemon juice, granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Mix with a mixing spoon and leave them in the bowl until you mix the topping together.

Last but not least is the topping. In a medium mixing bowl crumble the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and butter. Do not melt the butter or mix with a mixer. When the ingredients look like crumbs it is mixed well enough. After you finish the topping you can put the apples into the pie crust and add the topping evenly.

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Bake for 50 minutes, the top should look golden brown.

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Let the pie cool and then cut. You can eat just the pie or add ice cream for an extra sweet taste.

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This is such an easy and delicious recipe that you can do it any time of the day and with the kids if you would like. Guaranteed to be a crowd please at any occasion, especially the holidays.

XOXO,

Mel & Darbs

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