Tonight I’m sharing my Dutch Apple Pie with Brown Butter Streusel recipe, but first I need to tell you why I made an pie in May.
My sweet oldest baby turned 15 a week ago today. I can’t believe it. How can I possibly have been doing this mama thing for 15 years? But all six feet and 3 inches of him says that this is actually true. I was always a little worried about what I would do when I had teenagers because I didn’t even like teenagers when I was one. However, I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I am loving this stage. He has a delightfully witty (most of the time) personality and we have real conversations about things like politics, history, and basketball. I am so grateful for his growing love of the Lord and his love of all things just and true. I am excited to see what the Father has in store for him.
Teenage boys do love to eat and mine is no exception. He has always been very traditional in his birthday cake choices— usually yellow cake with chocolate frosting. However, this year he fell in love with my Dutch Apple Pie with Brown Butter Streusel. He requested it for Christmas dinner and when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he immediately said, “Your apple pie.” I can’t really blame him. This is like…whoa. Seriously. You just have to try it. The secret is this amazing brown butter streusel.
I usually put pecans in it (and I’ll include them in the recipe) but I didn’t have any last week so you won’t see them pictured. I also didn’t have the dark brown sugar that I normally use so this streusel is a little lighter than normal. You can really use dark or light brown sugar.
Here’s another baker’s confession: I don’t make pie crust. I mean, I have in the past, but I just don’t feel like the work is worth it. I love to make things from scratch, but I also love the things that simplify my life. Pie crust is just one of those choices I have made. Whether you choose to make your own crust, or pick one up at the grocery store, you need to try this pie. Be sure to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. I promise you won’t regret it!
- 1 pie crust
- For the filling:
- 5-6 medium Granny Smith apples
- ¼ cup of granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp salt
- 1TBSP vinegar
- For the streusel:
- ⅓ cup pecans
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup + 2 TBSP all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 5 TBSP dark brown sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 425
- Prepare pie crust and then place in the fridge.
- Start making your streusel by melting butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it turns a golden brown. Set aside.
- Mix pecans, flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, and pinch of cinnamon in a medium bowl.
- Add the melted butter to the streusel mixture and stir well.
- Spread streusel mixture onto a small metal cookie sheet and place in the fridge while you prepare your filling.
- Peel, core, and slice apples and place in large bowl
- Add sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vinegar to apples and stir well.
- Pour into pie crust and put it in the oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes. I like to cover the edges with a pie guard.
- While the pie is baking, remove the streusel from the fridge and crumble.
- Remove the pie after 20 minutes and top with the streusel.
- Reduce the oven heat to 375 and return the pie to the oven. I cover mine loosely with foil to keep it from getting too brown.
- Bake for another 50 minutes and then remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- After the pie has cooled you can slice it and rewarm each piece slightly in the microwave.
- Top with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!