Appeltaart – Dutch Apple Pie

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Dutch apple pie (appeltaart or appelgebak) recipes are distinct in that they typically call for flavourings such as cinnamon and lemon juice to be added.

Appeltaart - Dutch Apple Pie

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Author: The Cook


  • 1 x 23 cm pie shell
  • 5 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • tablespoons plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 220°C. Fit pastry shell into pie pan and place in freezer.
  • To make apple filling: Place apples in a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine 2 tablespoons flour, white sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Mix well, then add to apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated.
  • Remove pie shell from freezer. Place apple mixture in pie shell and dot with 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil lightly on top of filling, but do not seal.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

While filling is baking, make Streusel Topping

  • In a medium bowl combine ¾ cup flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, oats, and lemon peel. Mix thoroughly, then cut in ½ cup butter or margarine until mixture is crumbly. Remove filling from oven and sprinkle streusel on top.
  • Reduce heat to 190°C. Bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes, until streusel is browned and apples are tender. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning.
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