Dutch apple pie is a special type of fruity dessert. Instead of a top crust, the sliced apples are mixed and covered with a crunchy topping called streusel that adds sweetness and texture to the cooked apples. The most complicated part of the process is making the by cutting the shortening into the dry ingredients, a task that can be accomplished with two forks, but takes less time if you have a pastry cutter on hand. Kids especially enjoy a Dutch apple pie, which is sweeter than a regular two-crusted apple pie.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Begin to prepare the apples. Mix the apples slices and lemon in a bowl and mix well, so that every piece of fruit is covered with lemon juice.
In a separate bowl, mix the sugars, flour, cinnamon and salt. Use two forks to cut the butter into this mixture. Cut until the mixture is crumbly and well-blended and add the nuts.
Transfer half of the streusel mixture to the apple bowl and toss well to coat each piece. Place the apple-streusel mixture onto the pie crust. Sprinkle the rest of the crumbs evenly on top of the pie.
Cover the pie with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to cook for 20 minutes until streusel topping is crunchy and browned. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.