Dutch Apple Cake with Currants and Golden Raisins

Dutch Apple Cake with Currants and Golden Raisins

Serve the fall flavors of Holland in this cake which resembles a traditional American apple pie with a twist.

Author: Chef Aliza Green
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cooking time:
Total time: 45 minutes


  • Filling
  • 4 pounds mixed Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup black currants
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • Dough
  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup lightly beaten egg (2 extra large eggs) +1 tablespoon ice water
  • Egg Wash
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk or cream (for glaze)


  1. Peel and slice the apples.
  2. Bring 1 cup water, sugar, and the lemon zest to a boil.
  3. Simmer the apples, currants and raisins in the syrup until the apples become transparent and the currants and raisins are swollen, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain fruit, reserving fruits and liquid, and then spread the fruit out on a metal pan so it will cool quicker.
  1. Place flour, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and refrigerate to chill.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and freeze until firm (or freeze the butter and then grate).
  3. Using the flat paddle of a mixer, or by hand, cut the butter into the flour, mixing until the bits resembles oatmeal.
  4. Add the egg and mix just long enough for the dough to form a rough ball, adding a few teaspoons of ice water only if necessary.
  5. Pack the dough into a rectangular shape in a plastic bag and chill at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  6. Roll about 2/3 of the dough on a floured surface to a sheet a bit more than 1/4" thick and chill. Roll the remaining half of the dough the same way and chill.
  7. From the first sheet of chilled dough, cut out a round piece large enough to cover the bottom and 1 1/2" up the sides of a 9"  x 2" springform pan.
  8. Roll out the remaining chilled dough and cut into strips for the lattice top (using a pinked cutter if possible).
  9. Chill the strips while assembling the cake.
  1. Fill the pastry-lined springform pan with the cooled apple/currant mixture.
  2. Arrange the top layer of apples in a nice pattern.
  3. Make a lattice top to cover the apple mixture.
  4. With the remaining dough strips, form a border and pat onto the edge of the tart.
  5. Brush the lattice and the rim with the egg wash.
  6. Place the cake on a baking sheet and bake at 325°F until lightly browned with bubbling filling, about 1 hour.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool.
  8. While cake cools, boil the reserved apple syrup until thick  and just beginning to darken in color.
  9. Pour over the cake while warm, but not hot.
  10. Cool completely before cutting into 8 to 12 wedges.