Traditional Dutch Apple Pie for my birthday! | in my Red Kitchen

Dutch apple pie for my Birthday!

Traditional Dutch Apple Pie for my birthday! | in my Red Kitchen

– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Appeltaart

Yes! It’s my birthday today! I’m getting old you guys, 32 already! I used to get really excited, weeks before my birthday. But this year everything feels different, I really have to remind myself it’s my birthday and I don’t really care about it. Of course, it’s a good opportuniy to eat cake for breakfast, have chicken ‘n waffles for lunch with friends and to treat myself to sushi at Sugarfish.


But since last year March 11 isn’t solely my birthday anymore, it’s also my wedding day. Yes! P and I got married last year on my birthday, so this year it’s also our first wedding anniversary.

To me it’s still funny to say P is my husband. That’s because marriage isn’t that important to us I must say. If it wasn’t for my visa (so P could take me to LA when he got his work visa) we probably would never got married at all. It isn’t that unusual to don’t get married in the Netherlands. A lot of my friends are living together for years already, even if they bought a house together and have children without getting married. Marriage is just not the thing Dutch girls are aiming for, compared to American girls I have noticed.


Maybe it’s because the Dutch aren’t that religious anymore, at least not as the Americans. Also another difference I have noticed in these past 10.5 months.
Even without marriage P and I had the intention to stay together forever and always, and our intention isn’t changed after March 11 of last year.

The only thing that’s changed is the ring on my finger, my new last name (because I thought his last name was easier to pronounce in English – boy I was wrong) and that I was able to join him at this great LA adventure.


Everything else is still the same, we love each other deeply and beyond. That’s the base of a good relationship – marriage doesn’t change that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy to be married to this great man and I wish everybody could marry his our hers great true love. Hetero, gay or bi-sexual. I’m proud to say that I’m from a country where gay marriage is allowed, and I hope for the best that they can get married all over the world, the sooner the better!


But let’s celebrate today, my 32nd birthday (yes, I’m getting old…) and pure, true love.

Here is a traditional Dutch apple pie to help us celebrate. The best thing about this pie is the dough. I always liked the dough the best from the whole pie, so I once doubled the recipe for the dough and that was a big hit.

So here you are, a piece of Dutch apple pie with extra dough. From me to you because as the Dutch say: ‘the person who’s birthday it is, has to bring a treat’.


Dutch apple pie for my Birthday!

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 8 - 12 pieces

Dutch apple pie for my Birthday!

It's my party and I eat cake when I want to! Dutch apple pie with extra dough, because that's the best part! 😀


    for the dough:
  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • 9 oz butter
  • ½ heaped cup sugar
  • 3 eggs (divided)
  • for the filling:
  • 6-8 apples (I had 7)
  • 1 cup of raisins (soaked in rum)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • springform of 10 inch


  1. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F and butter the springform.
  2. Make a dough by mixing the flour, butter, sugar and 2 ½ eggs (you need ½ egg for brushing). Set aside.
  3. Peel and core the apples and cut them in 0.5 inch pieces. Mix the pieces with the raisins, sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Roll out ¾ of the dough and transfer that to a buttered springform.
  5. Add the apple filling and press that down.
  6. Use the remaining dough to lace the cake and use the remaining half egg for brushing.
  7. Bake the apple pie in the preheated oven for 50 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Serve with whipped cream.



  1. Hey Ellen,
    Van harte, dame,. met beide heugelijke feiten! En smakelijk 🙂
    Ik zag je van de week voorbij komen op LinkedIn en volg je blog nu, best fijn dat het 2014 is en (een) post er maar een split second over doet om over de hele wereld te belanden.
    Tot later!

    1. Dankjewel Moon! Leuk je hier te zien!

  2. YEAAAH! Happy birthday. Nothing better than a Dutch apple pie to celebrate. Leave something for me haha 😉

    1. Thank you! There are still three pieces in the freezer, when are you coming? 😉

  3. Haha, same story here. No marriage if it wasn’t for our emigration to the US. But I did’nt take ‘his’ name, although it’s easier to pronounce and spell. As a child I already knew that I would keep my own name like forever!

    1. Oh, and congrats with your b’day, of course. But I already did that in my email o you. Enjoy my favorite pie! 😉

    2. Haha, I always knew that I wouldn’t keep my own name because I didn’t like it. But in the end it was weird to actually change my last name, even though you never-ever really change your name in the Netherlands because it will always be in your passport. But I asked the consulate to add my new last name to my new passport now (just went in last week for passport renewal).

  4. Gefeliciteeeeerd!

    Yes, the dough is the best part, especially the side, hmmnmmm scrumptious sides!

    1. Thanks!! xx

  5. Happy birthday!!! I’m late… 🙁 And happy anniversary too. It’s the same here. Tom and I have been together for a shocking 22 years already, (shocking as it makes me feel old when I say that) and no plans of getting married ever. It just doesn’t mean anything to me. Hope you had a great day!

    1. I had, thank you! 22 years, wow! I only know P for almost 4 years now, but it feels so much longer!

  6. Hi Ellen,
    We don’t know each other, but still “van harte gefeliciteerd”, I’m following your foodblogs for some time now and enjoy them really very much! I have cooked a fair number of your recipes and without question everyone’s a hit! (I do love the Food Truck recipes!) Furthermore I love the way you are able to mix everyday happenings and thoughts in your blogs, they make them even more spicier! And although (as a gay dutchman) I know how to bake dutch apple pie, I was very moved by this blog of you. As one of a gay couple together for almost 25 years (and married for almost 16 years now (we were the first gay couple married in the city of Woerden)) I (and my bf alike) have always wondered what makes people so homophobic and anti gay rights. Gay rights don’t diminish other’s rights, so why should they bother?
    I really want to thank you for making your stand …

    1. Thank you so much Andy, this comment really means a lot for me!
      Thank you for following my blogs 🙂

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