Dutch Apple Pie
My husband has requested Dutch apple pie for dessert for his birthday (he's not into cakes.) I've made pie from scratch less than a handful of times in my life, with not very good results.
Does anyone have a good recipe? I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the options, especially when it comes to pie crust - lard? butter? shortening? vodka? egg? And then there's the filling, so many types of apples, thickeners, etc.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
There are many variations of the term Dutch Apple Pie. To many it means simply adding a splash of lemon juice to the filling, maybe a handful of raisins, and using a crumb topping instead of a top pie crust.
In Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook, their recipe for Dutch Apple Pie is the same as a standard apple pie, except it omits butter in the filling and calls for a 1/2 cup of heavy cream to be poured into the filling in the last five minutes of baking. Farm Journal also has a nice recipe for a Frosted Apple-Raisin Pie.
If you google images of Dutch Apple Pie you'll see all kinds of options. What do you want to make?
As for pie crust, there are indeed many many recipes. Since you are fairly new to pie baking I would recommend a pie crust recipe that calls for vinegar/shortening and an egg. It is known as Never Fail Pie Crust because it can handle extensive rolling and still not be tough.
Here is a recipe for it:
Ok then, based on your preferences here is a recipe:
Dutch Apple Pie
Pastry for one crust pie.
Roll it out and line pie pan with it.
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tb. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
6 - 7 c. sliced peeled apples
1/2 c. (one stick) unsalted butter,
1/2 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 c. flour
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. For filling: Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix lightly through apples (sliced 1/4" thick). Heap into pastry-lined pie pan.
3. Make crumb topping: In a medium sized bowl, mix together with your fingers the butter, brown sugar, and flour, until the mixture resembles crumbs.
4. Cover top of pie with the crumb mixture.
5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or pass a pitcher of cream for pouring over pie.
Additions: You can add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the crumbs if you like. You can also add a small amount - about 1/4 teaspoon cloves to the filling if you like. You can also add two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice to the filling if that is a preference. It helps keep the apples from browning. It's all up to your personal taste.