If you do not want to make an apple pie from scratch for Christmas but you still want something like an apple pie but is easier you make then you may want to give this Dutch apple pie recipe a try.
Dutch apple pie squares are easy to make and make a great dessert for Christmas or New Years. The Dutch apple pie squares are so easy to make that might want to make them for dessert on a weeknight.
If you prefer, you can use a store-bought pie crust to make the Dutch apple pie squares, but the crust is so easy to make from scratch that you should try it.
You may substitute a 21-ounce can of apple pie filling for the fresh apples, but you may not get the same delicious homemade flavor.
Dutch apple pie squares recipe:
Ingredients for the crust of the Dutch apple pie squares:
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
- ½ cup vegetable or olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup ice cold water
- 2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
Ingredients for Dutch apple pie squares filling and topping:
- 2 large tart apples, cored, peeled and diced
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed and divided
- 6 Tablespoons butter, softened and cut into small pieces
How to make Dutch apple pie squares crust:
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray 8×8-inch or 12×8-inch baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Set aside.
- In large bowl blend together oil, 2 cups all-purpose flour, salt and sugar until crumbles form. Add water 1 Tablespoon at a time until soft dough forms.
- Press dough into prepared baking dish to approximately 1½-inch thickness.
How to make Dutch apple pie squares filling and topping:
- In another large bowl, combine diced apples with ground cinnamon and ½ cup brown sugar. Let stand at room temperature for approximately 15 minutes.
- In medium bowl, combine butter remaining ½ cup brown sugar and remaining ¼ cup all-purpose flower. Using a pastry cutter or two butter knives, combine until crumbles the size of peas form.
- Sprinkle topping evenly over apple mixture.
- Bake the apple pie squares at 350*F for 18 to 22 minutes, rotating once halfway through baking. The topping should be golden brown and the apples hot and bubbly.
- Remove from oven and let apple pie squares cool. Serve at room temperature with homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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