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An apple pie is one those basic pies that you’ll find at a lot of celebrations in the Netherlands. Eaten with a good dollop of whipped cream it’s a crowd pleaser. Real estate agents would recommend to bake (or heat) an apple pie in your oven when people come to visit your house. The smell itself is supposed to make people feel at home already!
So Dutch apple pies are a favorite in our house. But it might just not be the Dutch apple pie you’re used to, if you’re American that is! Over time I’ve come to learn that something ‘Greek’ in the Netherlands, something ‘Dutch’ in the US and something Spanish in China, isn’t necessarily the same thing as what it would be in its original country. Which, in all honesty, only contributes to all our cultures, creating yet something new again!
But it does mean that my Dutch apple pie, isn’t an American apple pie. So what’s the difference you ask? Great question and exactly what we’ll be discussing going forward.
What’s a Dutch Dutch apple pie?
The majority of ‘Dutch apple pies’ (let’s call them American Dutch apple pies) on the internet are some sort of short crust pastry crust on the bottom, filled with apples and topped with streusel. Even though we definitely have apple pies in the Netherlands that are made with streusel on top (we call them appelkruimeltaart which translates into apple crumble pie), they are not your generic Dutch apple pie.
A Dutch Dutch apple pie though would consist of:
- A dough that is more cookie/cake like than a short crust pastry. It crumbles apart more and it softer than your basic short crust pastry. Notice the high amount butter in the recipe below. This is what makes the dough softer. The sugar contributes a good punch of sweetness.
- A lattice crust on top. The basic one would have horizontal and vertical strips of dough covering the pie. However, it would not fully enclose the pie, probably only half of the surface tends to be covered.
- Plenty of apples, with at least some cinnamon and sugar in there and likely also raisins and chopped hazelnuts!
Is this a Dutch apple pie to you? I’d love to hear from you!
Ever wondered why there are many more apple pies than pear pies in this world? Me too, so I dived into the phenomenon of pear pies.
Smitten Kitchen, Dutch apple pie, 2017, link