The Little Things: Apple picking and traditional Dutch apple pie

TLT apple picking Babyccino

TLT apple picking Babyccino

TLT apple picking Babyccino

TLT apple picking Babyccino

It’s been over a year since our last The Little Things post! Maud had a little baby boy called Max in the meantime, and you know, life has been overall so very busy. But we both love these little projects of ours, so I’m super happy to finally share a new The Little Things story with you today!

TLT apple picking Babyccino

TLT apple picking Babyccino

Apple picking always is the first autumn activity for us. (And it rings in the time of year when we start changing our oatmeal topping to baked apples instead of rhubarb or berry compote!) Maud and I took the kids to a small, organic orchard here in Amsterdam (Fruittuin van West), where they grow a variety of apples, pears, and earlier in the season all sorts of berries as well. It’s such a cute place to go, with a nice organic shop, a cosy cafe, and tons of space for the kids to play and get dirty.

TLT apple picking Babyccino

We picked tons of apples and obviously had to taste some as well. (Approved!!) And… we were lucky with the weather. A sun drenched morning in the outdoors was very welcome after days of rain. But hey, rain makes puddles, so what would we do without?

Apple picking Babyccino TLT

We also found some fresh eggs. What a perfect morning — fresh apples, fresh puddles, and fresh eggs! (Not to mention all the chickens to cuddle with!)

TLT apple picking Babyccino

What’s more delicious than a freshly picked apple, juicy, crunchy, and both sweet as tart? Hmmm, maybe a warm apple pie straight from the oven? Time to go back home and get to work!

apple pie Babyccino TLT

Apple pie TLT Babyccino

Dutch apple pie Babyccino TLT

If you ask a typical Dutchmen about the quintessential Dutch cake, there’s a fat chance that they will mention Dutch apple pie. Everyone here grew up with apple pie, and everyone swears their grandmother has the very best recipe. Of course, in the end they are all more or less the same : ).

Apple pie Babyccino TLT

My favourite Dutch apple pie is the most simple and straightforward one. Just flour, butter, eggs and sugar — and apples, of course! And I do think it should always have the crossed pastry strips on top. It’s just tradition, you know, and anyway — my grandmother made it that way.

Apple pie Babyccino TLT

Here’s the recipe we used:

Traditional Dutch Apple Pie

  • 300 g plain flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 200 g butter
  • 2 small eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

For the filling:

  • 1200 g apples (in the Netherlands we traditionally use ‘Goudreinet’ but really, any not-too-sweet apple will do)
  • 100 g sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 80 g raisins
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • optional: 100 g breadcrumbs

Mix flour, sugar, butter and eggs in a bowl and knead into a dough. (Add tiny bits of flour or water if necessary.) Shape into a ball and wrap dough (or put in a container) and let rest in the fridge for at least half an hour. Pre-heat oven to 175 °C (350 °F).

Butter the bottom and sides of a round (∅ 22 cm) spring form tin, or cover with baking paper (I prefer this). Peel and core the apples and cut them into pieces. Pour in a bowl and mix with the sugar, cinnamon and the raisins.

Take pastry out of the fridge and roll out (on a surface royally sprinkled with flour, using a floured rolling pin) into a circle of about 30 cm. Fold pastry into fours and carefully transfer to the spring form tin. Unfold and press gently into place. Sprinkle breadcrumbs onto the pastry bottom if you choose to use it (it can help soak up some of the juices of the apples and make the pie bottom less liquid — I never really mind this though). Put the apple mixture into the prepared cake tin.

Roll out the rest of the pastry into a long rectangle and cut into strips of about 1½ cm wide, and put them crosswise over the pie (squeeze gently to attach to the sides). Brush with the beaten egg.

Bake into the middle of the oven for about 1 hour. Serve warm or cold.

Traditional Dutch apple pie Babyccino nTLT

And speaking of grandmothers — a traditional Dutch apple pie is the perfect opportunity to bring out the fancy old-fashioned teacups!

Enjoy (or: eet smakelijk)!!

xxx Esther

PS — This is the newest post in a series which is called ‘The Little Things’. Thank you again Maud Fontein for the beautiful photos (I love that new lens!).


Comments (4)

Sofia Wahnon
October 16, 2017

Love this, thank you Esther! I will try this recipe soon.

Courtney in Australia
October 16, 2017

Love the apple picking photos of all the kids! And HOW CUTE is your bump in those dungarees?! Can’t wait to squeeze you in person soon. xx

October 19, 2017

How do you mix the ingredients for the pastry? do you rub the butter into the flour first? then add the wet ingredients?

Esther in Amsterdam
October 23, 2017

I just add the butter in cubes and then add the eggs and water and start kneading (well, I let the kids do it)!

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