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Dutch Apple Pie

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Piled high with mounds of fresh thick sliced Granny Smith Apples, covered in a rich buttery caramel sauce and topped with a crispy golden cinnamon crumb topping…this is the PERFECT Dutch Apple Pie!

I’m done! That’s right… I’m D.O.N.E.with summer!

Dutch Apple Pie

I’m kicking that Diva to the curb! Anyone else tired of the heat and sweating? It’s time to turn my back on her (Yep…summer is a “she”! Hot, stubborn, and unrelenting! Lol) I’ve decided enough is enough!

To celebrate my divorce from the previous season…even if she hasn’t received the memo yet… I made this delectable “Fall” Dutch Apple Pie for my good friend and her husband when they came to visit!

Oh my goodness! This pie is the perfect way to say “Howdy Fall!”

How To Make Dutch Apple Pie

I used my favorite Apple Pie filling which comes from “All”…known as, Grandma Opal’s Apple Pie. Nothing can compete with that buttery caramel sauce. Grandma Opal knew what she was doing!

You’ll need a single pie crust.  My recipe for Pie Crust is amazing!

TIP: You can purchase a pre-made crust if you want for this pie. Whatever works best for you.

How To Make Homemade Caramel Sauce

In a medium sauce pan melt 1/2 cup unsalted butter. Add in 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour to form a paste. Add 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Caramel Sauce for Apple Pie

Fill the bottom of the single pie crust with 8 peeled and cored Granny Smith Apples cut into nice thick slices. I like an Apple Pie I can sink my teeth into! If the apples are cut too thin, then the filling turns to “applesauce”. Ewwwwwww!

Fresh sliced apples in pie shell

Pour the caramel butter sauce over the apples.

caramel sauce poured over slicing apples

Isn’t that glorious?!!! I could honestly just eat those crispy apples with that ooey-gooey caramel sauce.

Movin’ along… Time to make that crispy delicate cinnamon crumb topping! This is the crowning finish to this pie.

In a medium bowl add 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Cut ingredients together with a pastry blender/cutter until a pea size crumbs form.

bowl full of crumb toppings with pastry blender to create crumb topping

TIP: I like to start out with the pastry blender and then switch to my hands to get a really fine crumb.

crumb topping mixture in bowl ready to go on top of pie

Spread crumb topping over the apple filling going all the way to the edges of the unbaked crust.

crumb topping on top of apple pie

Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar. This will help add a little extra “Crisp” to the top of the crumb!

crumb topping sprinkled with sugar before baking

Place pie on a foil lined baking sheet, this is a little trick I do to keep my oven clean, and bake at 425° degree oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, reduce heat to 325° for an additional 45 minutes or until apples are soft, and the crumb topping is golden.

baked dutch apple pie with crumb topping

The Pie will need to cool before serving…unless you like chasing runny pie filling all over the table. Lol (It’s only a tad awkward running your tongue along the table when guest are over!)

Once cool cut a nice big thick slice for your husband/guest…grab a fork and the pie plate for yourself and run for the bedroom and lock the door!

slice of dutch apple pie

The apples are tender with a little crisp. I like them a little on the crispy side. The buttery caramel sauce thickens and is so tasty with those slightly tart Granny Smith apples. That crispy cinnamon crumb topping is the BEST!!! When all those components are combined it creates the perfect Dutch Apple Pie!

This pie will have ya licking the plate clean!  Enjoy! (Only come out of the bedroom if ya want to! Lol)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Nesting!

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Yield: 10 servings

Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie

Piled High with mounds of fresh thick sliced Granny Smith Apples, covered in a rich buttery caramel sauce and topped with a crispy golden cinnamon crumb topping...this is the PERFECT Dutch Apple Pie!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 - 9 inch unbaked pie shell
  • 8 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and thickly sliced

Caramel Sauce for filling

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 °.

Caramel Sauce for Filling

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Assembling Pie

  1. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with prepared sliced apples, mounded gently. Gently pour the sugar and butter caramel liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

Crumb topping

  1. In a medium bowl mix softened butter, flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender cut ingredients together until a small pea size crumble forms. You can use your fingers to finish combining to get an even smaller crumb.
  2. Sprinkle crumb over the apple slices and caramel sauce, making sure topping goes to the edges. Sprinkle with One Tablespoon of Sugar.
  3. Place the pie on a foil lined baking sheet. (This will help keep your oven sparkling clean!)
  4. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce temperature to 350° and continue baking for 35- 45 minutes, until apples are soft and topping is golden brown and crisp.

Nutrition Information:


10 servings

Serving Size:

1 skuce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 438Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 3gSugar: 42gProtein: 3g

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Wednesday 15th of March 2023

I won our office pi(e) day competition with this recipe!! Winner winner!

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Tuesday 21st of March 2023

Hi Allison! That's so exciting!!! Congratulations!!! I hope you won something wonderful! Norine


Thursday 26th of March 2020

This made two entire 9” pies for me. Added more cinnamon too.

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Tuesday 31st of March 2020

Hi Ivet!

I get told that a lot! It only made one pie for me I must have a really deep pie dish? Two pies is a win right? I hope you enjoyed this pie as much as I do. I love the caramel apple filling with the crumb topping. So good! I need to make this again. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great day! Happy Nesting! Norine


Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Hi! Can I prepare this pie and then pop it in the fridge and then bake the next morning?

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Thursday 28th of November 2019

Hi Amanda! I emailed you and hope you got the message. You can prepare this ahead of time and cook it the next morning. If I were doing it though, I'd hold off on adding the crumb topping until the next morning when I bake it so it doesn't absorb all the liquids with the apple pie filling. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy Nesting! ~Norine


Tuesday 26th of November 2019

If I make this pie the day before serving, how would I go about reheating it? Or what would you recommend for making this recipe on a tight schedule? I can't wait to try this recipe!

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Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Hi Maddie! I would recommend making it the day before. I'm making all my pies tomorrow because of time constraints and oven space. For the Dutch Apple Pie I recommend just slightly re-heating in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes. You don't want this pie "piping hot" because the filling will become really runny! It sets up beautifully, but it does need that cool down time after baking. I generally just ask my guests if they want their pie "warm" and if so I pop the slice in the microwave for couple minutes (like 2) and then serve it to them immediately. Hope this helps! Enjoy this pie and have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! ~Norine


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

This is delicious!! Instead of the green apples, I used what I had on hand ( 7 small fuji apples). That amount of apples, and everything else called for in the recipe ended up making two 9'' deep dish pies. I bakes both and froze one to have at a later date. I also added a touch of nutmeg to the caramel sauce. <3 This is definitely a keeper recipe :)

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Thursday 21st of November 2019

Hi Sabra! Thanks so much for sharing! Some great tips in this comment. I love Fuji apples too. I recently had someone else tell me that the apples made enough for two pies. I keep wondering how come I only got one. I feel cheated. lol Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy Nesting! ~Norine

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