This deep dish dutch crumb apple pie is on of Jordan’s favorite deserts.
I remember bits and pieces of family holidays growing up. I’m from a large family and as a child my family gathered at my Grandparents farm for Thanksgiving.
I remember my Uncles and Cousins playing football or if the weather was really bad Trivial Pursuit. My Mom and Oma in the kitchen and my Aunt always arrived with delicious mini muffins from her bread machine.
I vividly remember the first time i contributed to Thanksgiving dinner. I’d set the table or stirred ingredients before but the year I a made a pie by myself stands out.
It was a canned filling Cherry Pie, store bought crust, but with a hand rolled and woven a lattice crust.
I was so proud when I brought it to the table, my Grandfather must have known how nervous I was because he sang “Can she bake a Cherry Pie billy boy” to me and requested a giant slice.
I don’t remember if the pie was good or even cooked properly but I remember being so proud of my little contribution.
To this day I always make a pie (or two) on thanksgiving. The pie has evolved over time. I’ve moved from canned pie fillings to roasting my own pumpkin, slicing farmers market apples and scratch made dough. But my joy at contributing to the table has never diminished.
Tips for delicious apple pies
I’ve been contributing this Deep Dish Dutch Crumb Apple Pie with Cinnamon Streusel Topping to Thanksgiving for the last several years. Both sides of our family request it for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Blend the apples. I promise no matter what the angry lady at the farmers market says, blending your apples will make a better pie. I like a mix of McIntosh, Jonagold or Winesap, Braeburn or Fuji and Granny Smith.
- Cut your apples into wedges instead of smaller chunks. It keeps the apples from breaking down too much and getting mushy.
- Save time and use a pre-prepped pie crust. There are good options in the grocery store but if you have some time I try my Basic Pie Crust Recipe. It makes three crusts per batch that can store in the freezer for later use.
This year will be by first year hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. It is going to be a small casual gathering with people whose fall has been as overwhelmingly busy as ours so I am keeping it really low key. No matter what though, know this Deep Dish Dutch Crumb Apple Pie will be on the menu!