In The Netherlands, fall is not just about pumpkin spice.
It's all about apple pie. Warm, sweet, stuffed with fresh apples and hand whipped cream on the side.
Growing up, it was my favorite thing my mom would make. The whole house would smell up and somehow other family members knew it was ''that time'' and they would drop by ''just to say hi.'' But unconsciously somehow they knew mom had just finished baking a delicious apple pie. So we would all sit on the couch with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and a delicious piece of pie, with whip-cream. Hmmmm. That's what I call fall.
So here we go; my moms original recipe for the best Dutch Apple Pie you have EVER had.
Don't forget the whip cream and to invite your family, because that is what makes it truly taste the best.
Real Dutch Apple Pie
for the crust:
2 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup soft unsalted butter
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
for the stuffing:
6 to 7 tart apples (I prefer granny smith)
1/4 cup sugar (or more to to taste)
1 table spoon cinnamon (or more to taste)
1) Peel and chop apples into small chunks, you can do slices if you prefer.
2) Toss the sugar and cinnamon with the apples and put it in the fridge so the cinnamon and sugar can soak into the apple; sometimes I do this the day prior, it makes the apples very tasty.
3) Preheat oven to 340F.
4) In a mixing bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.
5) Knead in the butter and the egg. If you find the dough is dry, add a little bit of extra butter.
6) Separate about 1/5th of the dough for the top of the pie.
7) Line dough in a pie tin, I prefer a 8" or 9" deep dish, but any will do.
8) Take apples out of fridge and start spooning chunks of apple in to the pie crust. By spooning the chunks you prevent all the juice that has come out of the apples from making the pie crust soggy.
9) Take the left over dough, eyeballing it, add flour and start mixing with a mixer to create the crumbs. Start with just a little bit and if the dough isn't separating add more flour or sugar to make it dryer, this will make crumbs.
10) Top the pie with crumbs.
11) Bake pie in the oven for 50 minutes; depending on different ovens and pie-pans keep your eyes on it towards the end and keep in longer/take out if necessary. My mom always said an apple pie is ready when you start smelling the apples.
serves 6-8 people
Enjoy and let me know of any tips or Dutch recipes you'd like me to do.