Dutch Appeltaart


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Welcome to our recipe guide for Appeltaart, a traditional Dutch apple tart that is loved for its buttery crust, sweet apple filling, and warm spices. This classic Dutch dessert is a true delight, perfect for any occasion. In this blog post, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating a homemade Appeltaart that will impress your friends and family. Join us as we explore the flavors, share tips for success, and provide variations to make this recipe your own.

Dutch Appeltaart, or Dutch Apple Pie, is a beloved pastry in the Netherlands and beyond. It has a rich history and cultural significance in Dutch cuisine. Here’s the story of this delightful dessert:

  • Historical Roots: The Dutch have been making apple pies for centuries. Apple cultivation has a long history in the Netherlands, and apples were used in various recipes, including pies, as far back as the Middle Ages.
  • Dutch Tradition: Dutch Appeltaart is considered a staple dessert in the Netherlands, often enjoyed during family gatherings, celebrations, and as a delightful afternoon treat with a cup of coffee.
  • Key Ingredients: The recipe typically includes a buttery and crumbly crust, a generous amount of sliced or diced apples, sugar, and a hint of spices like cinnamon and sometimes raisins.
  • Variations: Over time, variations of Dutch Appeltaart have emerged, with some adding almond paste, nuts, or a lattice pastry top. Each family might have its unique twist on the traditional recipe.

Dutch Appeltaart

Appeltaart, also known as Dutch apple tart, is a beloved dessert in the Netherlands. It features a buttery and crumbly crust filled with a generous amount of sliced apples mixed with cinnamon and sugar. The result is a mouthwatering combination of textures and flavors, with a hint of warmth from the spices. Appeltaart is traditionally enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea, and it's a perfect treat to savor during any season.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 50 mins Rest Time 30 mins Total Time 1 hr 50 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 8 Calories: 467.53 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


For the crust:

For the filling:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt for the crust.

  2. Add the cold butter cubes to the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or food processor, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  3. In a separate small bowl, beat the egg. Gradually add the beaten egg to the flour mixture, mixing until the dough comes together. If needed, add a tablespoon of cold water to help bind the dough.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead it a few times to bring it together, then divide it into two portions (one slightly larger than the other). Wrap each portion in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.

  6. Take the larger portion of dough from the refrigerator. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a circle slightly larger than the tart pan. Carefully transfer the rolled dough to the prepared tart pan, pressing it gently against the bottom and sides.

  7. In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisins (if using). Toss until the apples are evenly coated.

  8. Fill the tart crust with the apple mixture, arranging the slices in an even layer.

  9. Take the remaining portion of dough from the refrigerator. Roll it out into a circle to cover the top of the tart. Place the rolled dough over the apples and press the edges to seal.

  10. Trim any excess dough and make a few small slits on the top to allow steam to escape during baking.

  11. Bake the Appeltaart in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.

  12. Remove the tart from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, carefully transfer it to a cooling rack to cool completely before serving.

  13. Serve the Appeltaart at room temperature or slightly warmed. Optionally, garnish with powdered sugar or serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 467.53kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23.37g36%
Saturated Fat 14.1g71%
Cholesterol 82.01mg28%
Sodium 158.2mg7%
Potassium 192.7mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 61.65g21%
Dietary Fiber 3.33g14%
Sugars 27.5g
Protein 5.47g11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.


Tips and Variations:
  • Experiment with different apple varieties to find your preferred flavor and texture combination.
  • Add a handful of chopped walnuts or pecans to the filling for extra crunch.
  • Sprinkle a tablespoon of lemon juice over the sliced apples to prevent browning.
  • For an extra indulgent touch, drizzle warm caramel sauce over the Appeltaart before serving.
  • Customize the spices to your taste by adding a pinch of cloves or cardamom.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve the Appeltaart as a dessert alongside a cup of coffee or tea.
  • Enjoy it as a sweet treat for breakfast or brunch.
  • Pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert combination.
Allergen Information:

Consider the following allergen information when preparing Dutch Appeltaart:

  • Gluten Sensitivity: The crust of Dutch Appeltaart traditionally contains wheat flour, so it may not be suitable for those with gluten sensitivity. However, you can find or make gluten-free versions using alternative flours.

  • Nut Allergies: Some variations include almond paste or chopped nuts. Be cautious if you or your guests have nut allergies and avoid these ingredients.

  • Dairy Allergy: The crust often contains butter, so make sure to use dairy-free margarine for a dairy-free version.

Wine or Drink Pairing:

Dutch Appeltaart is a delightful dessert to enjoy with various beverages. Consider these pairings:

  • Coffee: A strong cup of coffee, such as Dutch koffie verkeerd (a mix of coffee and hot milk), complements the sweetness and warmth of the pie.

  • Tea: A cup of black tea or a spiced chai tea pairs wonderfully with the fruity and spicy flavors of Dutch Appeltaart.

  • Whipped Cream Liqueur: For an adult twist, a small glass of whipped cream liqueur, like Baileys, adds a creamy and indulgent touch.

  • Apple Cider: To emphasize the apple flavor, consider serving apple cider, hot or cold, alongside your Dutch Appeltaart.

Storage and Leftovers:

Properly storing and preserving Dutch Appeltaart ensures it stays fresh and delicious:

  • Room Temperature: You can keep the pie at room temperature for about 1-2 days if it's well-covered. However, keep it away from direct sunlight and heat.

  • Refrigeration: If you plan to store it for a longer time or if your kitchen is particularly warm, refrigeration is advisable. Keep it in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap for 3-4 days.

  • Freezing: Dutch Appeltaart freezes well. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

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