Having grown up in Holland I have many different things that remind me of my home, and one of them is food. Enjoying the smell of the Dutch snack “oliebollen” when we celebrate the New Year. The pleasant aroma of hutspot coming out of my mother’s kitchen when coming home from a long day at school, stopping by the snack-bar for some bitterballen, and finally the Dutch apple pie. Only, when you leave a place you realize what you miss about a place, and a good apple pie is something that I have learned to appreciate more since moving to the United States. Thankfully I don’t have to travel all the way to Holland in order to eat a Dutch Apple pie.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 12 apples (I like to use granny smith)
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup sliced walnuts
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
Vanilla cream pie filling ( I used the organic vanilla cream pie filling from dr. oetker),but you can also make from scratch if you have the time.
- Preheat the oven on F325
- Butter springform for non-stick
- Cut the apples into little slices or squares coat them with sugar and cinnamon.
- Put in oven for 10-15 minutes, so you prevent the bottom of the pie to become soggy and make sure the apples will be cooked long enough giving it a nice soft texture.
- Take out the apples from the oven and add the walnuts and raisins to the mix
- Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and mix for seconds. Add butter and egg to the dough.
Use two-thirds of the dough to put on the bottom and sides of the springform use a tablespoon of vanilla extract and spread it out over the bottom of the pie. Add the first layer of apple mixture followed by a tiny layer of vanilla cream add another layer of apple mixture and finish it with cutting the 1/3 of the dough in strings and lay them horizontally and vertically over the apple pie. Before putting the pie in the oven make sure you give it an egg wash, so the pie will look nice and golden brown when taken it out of the oven.