There’s isn’t a lot of food from The Netherlands that I miss. Honestly, The Netherlands isn’t known for their famous and delicious cuisine. Far from that! But, the Dutch Apple Pie is one of the exceptions to the rule. I guess most of you know about, or at least have heard about the tasty Dutch Apple Pie. Haven’t you?
In my life I’ve eaten a lot of different apple pies. Mostly in The Netherlands. But none of them beat my mom’s Dutch Apple Pie. I’m not kidding! She makes the most delicious and perfect Apple Pie ever!! And anyone who has ever eaten my mom’s Apple Pie agrees with me. It’s just full of taste with its crispy base and creamy filling. And you can see and taste the apple which I love so much.
My mom has made this pie for every birthday since I was little and she still does! Instead of buying pies for a birthday she always made them herself. And one of the pies she baked was always her (now famous) apple pie. So much better than store bought pies I can tell you that.
Two weeks ago was my dad’s birthday so of course she made one again. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to eat a piece this time (still no sugar for me). But she promised me to bake one and bring me a piece to the hospital when our little miracle is born. That means I only need to wait a few more weeks to have a piece of the most delicious pie ever. My mom’s Dutch Apple Pie!
Dutch Apple Pie
300 g // 2 cups all-purpose flour
180 g // 0,8 cup unsalted butter
150 g // 2/3 cup caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
600 g // 4 cups apples, peeled and sliced
50 g // 1/4 cup sugar
50 g // 1/3 cup raisins
2 rusk, crumbled
1/8 lt // 1/2 cup milk
extra 1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp apricot jam
Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 350ºC.
In a large bowl combine flour, butter (cut into small pieces), caster sugar, half the beaten egg (set the other half aside), lemon zest and salt and mix well by hand until it becomes a smooth ball. Butter a 24cm / 9″ springform cake tin.
Take 2/3 of the dough and gently press it over the bottom and the sides of the cake tin. Place the apple slices on the bottom. Sprinkle cinnamon, sugar, some raisins and a bit of crumbled rusk on top. Again place a layer of apples and sprinkle cinnamon, sugar, some raisins and a bit of crumbled rusk on top. Continue these layers until you finish the apples.
Now beat the 2 eggs and add the milk and 1 tbsp sugar and mix well. Pour this mixture over the apple slices into the cake tin.
Take 1/3 of the dough. Roll out the dough and cut into small strips. Place them crossed over each other on top of the cake. Brush the dough with the remaining beaten egg.
Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush the warm cake with apricot jam.