Grandma Grootenhuis Dutch Apple Pie

Welcome to my first post for What's Baking? The group was formed by fellow members of a cooking board I belong to, and many have participated for a few years. 

I was excited to join after a post was made looking for new members. I am not the best baker, but I enjoy doing different challenges, and was looking for something new after our recipe swaps ended. The challenge is bi-monthly and each have a different theme. I was especially excited because the of the flexibility of the challenge. There are no assigned recipes or posting dates, and that makes for endless possibilities. 

The theme for this month is Heritage Recipes. There was only one recipe that I had my eye on after seeing the theme- my Great Grandmother's dutch apple pie. My father is Dutch and I have been eating Grandma Grootenhuis apple pie since I was a little girl. It is one of my favorite comfort foods (I am actually eating a slice as I write this). No holiday is complete it out warm smells of cinnamon and tart apples spilling from the ovens in my parents kitchen. Now that I am an adult (somedays...ha), I make this apple pie for my family and my husband's family. This pie is such a family favorite my sister requested it before she went into labor with my nephew and, of course, I was happy to bring two over to her.  I actually got the recipe from my Mom when I was married, and she gave me a card index with lots of family recipes. Ron and I are lucky enough to have two Macintosh apple trees in our backyard and that equals TONS of pies in the falls. This recipe is a little early for apple season, but fantastic to have for a quick and easy dessert. I buy my crust from our local bakery, but you could easily make your own if you prefer. 

I am so happy to share this old family recipe with you and I hope you love it as much as we do. 


1 pie crust, (I used a pre-made from our bakery, but you could make our own)
4 large tart apples (example: Macintosh)
2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup all purpose flour


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

Peel and slice apples and arrange in the pie crust in a circular shape. 

In a medium bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over the apples. In a separate bowl, cream butter and 1/3 cup sugar.  Add the flour and mix with a fork to create a crumble topping. Spread topping evenly over the apples. 

Place pie on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes. The top of the pie should be golden brown and sides bubbly.

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