Open Face Apple Pie

4.62 from 77 votes

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Open face apple pie is like the convertible of dessert recipes. It’s fun, delicious, and all about taking the top down and loving life. You may know this one by another name: Dutch Apple Pie.

If you’re looking for recipes that use apples, this apple dessert is a must-make!

Dutch apple pie on a plate with ice cream and a cinnaomn stick.
This is just one of our easy homemade pie recipes!

What is it?

It’s confession time for me. The first time I put this open face apple pie together, I didn’t realize I was in fact making a Dutch apple pie. My intention was to just make a bottom crust, put a filling in it, and top it with a streusel.

As I’m sure my sister chef Kathy would have said to me, “What a maroon!” Ask me if I would have cared? Not one bit. After all, she’s called me much worse.

I’ll admit, I can be a dummy in the kitchen. But when the end result tastes as good as this dessert recipe, I’d rather be lucky than good. Who cares what it’s called?

Plus, making this apple pie gave me more room for storing apples in my fridge! So, a few good things came about because of this recipe.

🥘 What’s in it?

  • For the Filling:
    • Apples
    • Sugar
    • Cinnamon
    • Nutmeg
    • Salt
  • For the Streusel Topping:
    • Brown sugar
    • Flour
    • Butter
    • Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

I think the reason this recipe turns out so good is that it is so simple to make! Honestly. You can’t mess this one up!

🔪 How to make it

  • Cut and peel six cups of apple slices then place them in a pastry shell. Either make a homemade crust or buy one in a grocery store.
Peeling and slicing apples to make apple pie
  • Mix some cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and put it over the fruit.
Mixing cinnamon with apples.
  • Create a topping of brown sugar, flour, and butter (with optional pecans or walnuts if desired) and sprinkle this combination over the spice mixture.
Mixing sugar and spices and spreading it on apples in a pie shell.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the fruit is tender and the crust is lightly brown.
Open face apple pie on a tabletop.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes before slicing, if you have the willpower!
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We Americans love our pie recipes, and I would say this one is about as American as it gets.

Many people have a favorite pie. I don’t think I have ever turned down a slice of this one. It’s sort of like my mom saying she loved all of her kids (six) equally.

If you’re looking for some Thanksgiving pie recipes, this fail-proof open face apple pie is a great choice.

💭 Common recipe questions

What are the Best Apples for Apple Pie?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question. Deciding on what variety to use in an apple pie is a matter of personal preference and availability.  Some types are sweet (Honeycrisp), and some are tart (Granny Smith.)    With that being said, these are some common very common varieties used to make the pie:

  • Mcintosh
    • Sweet, rich, and hints of berry.
  • Granny Smith
    • Firm and juicy, tart in taste with hints of sweetness.
  • Braeburn
    • Intense, citrus and spice flavors.
  • Pink Lady
    • Crisp with a tart-sweet balance.
  • Golden Delicious
    • A balanced flavor making them great for baking.
    • Their soft texture makes them ideal to mix with firmer varieties like Pink Lady or Granny Smith.

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Dutch apple pie

4.62 from 77 votes
Learn how to make an open face apple pie from Platter Talk.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Yield: 8 people


For the Filling

  • 6 cups apples, sliced and peeled
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the Topping

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Fill pastry shell with apple slices.
  • Combine granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; sprinkle over the fruit
  • Combine topping ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle over top of fruit.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the fruit is tender and topping is browned.




Calories: 334kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 153mg, Potassium: 162mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 140IU, Vitamin C: 4.3mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Updated from the original apple pie recipe from December 1, 2013.

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my, apple pie! (My favourite ever Ben & Jerry’s flavour by the way lol)> Don’t worry – it’s not just Americans who love their apple pie, us Brits do too. And I’m glad to say deep filled ones like you see in the States are definitely on the menu over here too, as for many years, we went with the flat “plate pie” style ones. Your open face one looks gorgeous – I must make it for Hungry Hubby, it’s one of his favourite desserts 😀

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an open faced apple pie before! I suppose it’s a bit like an apple tart. Either way I bet it’s perfect with cream and custard 😀