You’re gonna LOVE Dutch Crumb Apple Pie! This classic apple pie, topped with buttery pecan streusel crumbs will be a hit with everyone who enjoys dessert!You're gonna LOVE Dutch Crumb Apple Pie! This classic apple pie, topped with buttery pecan streusel crumbs will be a hit with everyone who enjoys dessert!
I made a Dutch Crumb Apple Pie this past week for my hubby (because I love him).  It’s one of his very favorite pies, especially with the buttery pecan streusel crumb topping!

He owns a real estate appraisal business, and has been working LONG, crazy hours for the past couple months to keep up with demand. He mentioned to me a few weeks ago on an incredibly busy, stressful day, how good a piece of Dutch Crumb Apple Pie pie sounded. So I made him a pie this week as a “thank you” for how hard he works for our family. THIS pie. It’s delicious!

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How I Found this Recipe

I’ve been making apple pies for as long as I can remember, from the same old recipe I found in a cookbook when I was a newlywed, almost 40 years ago. Last Fall I made several pies and enjoyed surprising a few friends and neighbors with a pie of their own!

I usually make apple pies the traditional way, with a top crust, but discovered a couple of years ago that we really enjoyed the buttery topping found on a Dutch Crumb Apple Pie. The brown sugar and pecans in the topping really give this pie added flavor! I found the recipe for the crumb topping in the same cookbook, added it to the pie recipe…and we LOVED it!

What Kind Of Apples Are Used For This Dutch Crumb Apple Pie?

Firm baking apples are the apple of choice for this pie. I love to use Gravenstein, but Granny Smith apples are a perfect substitute (firm and tart). Last summer I picked a huge amount of Gravenstein apples at a local U-Pick farm nearby, so that is what I used in these photos.

Gravenstein or Granny Smith apples are used to make this Dutch Crumb Apple Pie.
How To Make This Delicious Dutch Crumb Apple Pie

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Make a single pie crust. Use your own recipe, buy one, or make my recipe (DIY Mom’s Pie Crust!). Prick the dough on bottom and sides with tines of a fork, so the dough doesn’t “puff up” while baking.

Pie crust is ready to make a Dutch crumb apple pie.
Prepare the apple filling per recipe instructions. Set aside.

Dutch crumb apple pie filling is mixed in a large bowl.
Make The Crumb Topping

Prepare crumb topping, using a pastry blender to cut butter into mixture. Mix until all butter is worked in, and is about the size of peas.

Making the streusel to top the Dutch crumb apple pie is easy.
The topping mixture should look something like this when done:

Butter has been cut into the streusel topping for the Dutch crumb apple pie.
Fill the Pie

Add the apple filling to the prepared pie crust. Make sure it is fairly even when distributed over the crust.

Apple pie filling is arranged on top of the pie crust in pan.
Carefully distribute the crumb topping mixture on top of the apples. I cup my hand around the sides as I go, to keep most of the crumbs ON the pie and OFF the kitchen counter.

Dutch crumb topping is added to top of the apple pie.
Spread crumb topping over entire surface of pie and mound it up toward the center of pie.

Dutch crumb apple pie has streusel topping over entire surface of pie.
This is what it should look like from the side. See how high it is in the middle?

A side view to see the topping piled up on the Dutch crumb apple pie before baking.
Time To Bake The Dutch Crumb Apple Pie

Bake the pie at  425 degrees, for  40-45 minutes. I put a piece of aluminum foil on the rack below the rack the pie is baked on, to catch any wayward drips (easy to clean up). A Dutch Crumb Apple Pie should be a wonderful, golden brown color when done.

Dutch Crumb Apple Pie is golden brown on top after it comes out of oven.
Let cool for a bit, then dig in! Here’s what the inside of the pie looks like: (Same pie… but used my phone’s camera for this one…)

A look at the inside of the Dutch crumb apple pie.
And here’s what a slice of the Dutch crumb apple pie looks like with a scoop of my homemade vanilla ice cream, (gotta have the pie a la mode, of course). So incredibly good!

A slice of Dutch crumb apple pie, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Hope you will give this Dutch crumb apple pie recipe a try! We love it, and think you will, too! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day. Come back soon!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: “The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook”, copyright 1973 by The Pillsbury Company. [Apple Pie recipe: page 149]. [Crumb topping recipe: page 147].

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Dutch Crumb Apple Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

You're gonna LOVE Dutch Crumb Apple Pie! This classic apple pie, topped with buttery pecan streusel crumbs will be a hit with everyone who enjoys dessert!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dutch crumb apple pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 460 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For Pie:
  • 1 9" pie crust , at room temperature
  • 6 cups apples , peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
For Crumb Topping:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I use dark brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. While oven is preheating, put pie crust into 9" pie pan. Form crust. Prick the bottom and sides of dough with tines of a fork, so the dough won't puff up while pie is baking. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the crumb topping: In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and chunks of the the butter. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two forks. Cut the butter in until the mixture is crumbly and the butter has been reduced to the size of peas. Stir in the chopped pecans (or walnuts). Set aside.

  3. Make the pie filling: Place the peeled apple slices in a large mixing bowl. Add the granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Pour the apple filling into a prepared (*unbaked) pie crust lined pie pan. Cover the entire surface of the pie with the crumb topping, and forming a mound which rises in the middle of the pie. Use all the crumbs (the topping will flatten out a bit while baking).

  5. TIP FOR BAKING: Place a large piece of aluminum foil under the pie in oven, on the rack below the one the pie will be on. This will catch any drips, and help with easy clean-up.

  6. Bake pie at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Pie should be bubbly and golden brown when done. Remove hot pie to a wire rack to cool a bit before serving. Slice a piece, top it with some vanilla ice cream... and ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Dutch Crumb Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 193mg8%
Potassium 169mg5%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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