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Dutch Apple Pie

Fun fact about me: my Grandpa was born into an Amish family. As a young man he left the Amish community, but there are still a lot of Amish traditions in our family. And by a lot I mean we love Amish food. Chicken and noodles, meatloaf, pear butter,  homemade bread, dutch apple pie–it is all ridiculously delicious.

Dutch Apple Pie--this classic recipe is beautiful, delicious and simpler than you think!

This dutch apple pie is no exception. The filling is sweet and just a tad crunchy and the crumb topping is eat-it-for-days perfect. And while this pie is fancy enough for any Christmas celebration it really is a cinch to make. (Especially if you don’t make the pie crust from scratch….and it’s okay if you don’t I promise not to tell anyone.)

This recipe is adapted from the Amish Country Cookbook.

Dutch Apple Pie--absolutely delicious

Dutch Apple Pie

Pie Crust

1/2 cup cold butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour, plus extra for rolling out the dough.

3-4 Tablspoons ice cold water

Cut butter into tablespoon chunks and place in the freezer for 5 minutes.  Prep your ice water, make sure it’s nice and cold and has ice in it. Mix salt, sugar, and flour together in a bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into your other ingredeints until you have small crumbs. (Small chunks of butter are fine.) Add the ice water a tablespoon at a time, stirring after each addition until dough sticks together. Press into a ball. Wrap in plastic and place in the fridge until you are ready to roll it out. For rolling, press the dough into a disk and begin to roll it using your pin. Use brisk and firm strokes, rotating to press the crust to about 1/8 inch thick. (Here is a great video tutorial on rolling and transferring a pie crust.) Trim the edges of the pie and tuck under. Use your thumb and forefinger to flute the edge.

Filling

5 cups sliced apples (I used Gala)

1 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons whole milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tablespoons of flour

2 Tablespoons softened butter

Peel and slice apples. Coat with the sugar. Add cinnamon, flour, butter and milk and stir until the apples are evenly coated.dutchapplepie

Crumb Topping

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup  butter

3/4 cup flour

Combine flour and sugar in a small bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until pea-size crumbs form.

Place apple mixture in a 9 inch pie crust. (I use this pie crust recipe.) Top evenly with crumbs. Place pie on a cookie sheet (to protect your oven from potential spillover). Bake at 400 for 45-60 minutes; watch for the top to turn golden brown. Allow to set for 20-30 minutes and then serve while still slightly warm. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for good measure!

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