Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dutch Apple Pie

With the "unofficial end to summer" Roxie wraps up her up north stay. It's been a fun neighborhood attraction and she definitely slowed the traffic down with her impressive creative style. As fall begins to spread a kaleidoscope of colors we seem to crave more comfort foods with fall flavors.
Dutch Apple Pie is made with a tender crust that is filled with juicy, sweet-tart apple filling topped with a delicious, oatmeal cookie-like topping. This homemade dutch apple pie is easier to make than a classic double-crusted pie and makes the perfect fall dessert! 
The perfect apple pie starts with choosing the right apples. You want the apple filling to have a balanced flavor that is not overly sweet so you can taste the apple and have a bit of texture. Many recipes recommend Granny Smith apples but I find using a combination of Granny Smith apple and Mcintosh apples pair nicely together. The approach to making this recipe is departure from the standard technique but works creating a delicious fall dessert.
recipe adapted from cuisineathome.com Oct. 2019 issue
For the Streusel
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt 
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
For the Filling
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 TB. flour
  • 6 cups peeled and diced apples (I used a combination of Granny Smith and Mcintosh)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1 TB. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • For the streusel combine flour, brown sugar, oats, nuts, apple pie spice, and salt in bowl. 
  • Stir in melted butter until thoroughly combined. I used a food processor for this step,  pulse 3 times. Reserve 1-1/2 cups streusel for the topping. 
  • Press remaining streusel into bottom and up sides of a 10 inch deep dish pie plate for the crust. Bake 10 minutes.
  • Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees. 
  • For the filling whisk together cider, sugar and flour in a large saucepan until sugar and flour are dissolved.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until thickened 1-2 minutes. 
  • Off heat stir in lemon juice, cinnamon, apples and vanilla. Pour into crust. 
  • Crumble reserved streusel over filling and bake until crust and topping are golden and  brown, filling bubbly and apples are cooked. 

  • Check pie at 55-60 minutes.  

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