Ultimate apple pie

Ultimate apple pie

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Cooking time

Ready in 2½ hours

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 8

A traditional, comforting dish where simplicity is the key to success - one for all the family

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
695
protein
9g
carbs
95g
fat
33g
saturates
20g
fibre
4g
sugar
32g
salt
0.79g

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 1kg Bramley apples
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp flour

For the pastry

  • 225g butter, room temperature
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus extra
  • 2 eggs
  • 350g plain flour, preferably organic
  • softly whipped cream, to serve

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Method

  1. Put a layer of paper towels on a large baking sheet. Quarter, core, peel and slice the apples about 5mm thick and lay evenly on the baking sheet. Put paper towels on top and set aside while you make and chill the pastry.
  2. For the pastry, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until just mixed. Break in a whole egg and a yolk (keep the white for glazing later). Beat together for just under 1 min – it will look a bit like scrambled egg. Now work in the flour with a wooden spoon, a third at a time, until it’s beginning to clump up, then finish gathering it together with your hands. Gently work the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film, and chill for 45 mins. Now mix the 140g/5oz sugar, the cinnamon and flour for the filling in a bowl that is large enough to take the apples later.
  3. After the pastry has chilled, heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Lightly beat the egg white with a fork. Cut off a third of the pastry and keep it wrapped while you roll out the rest, and use this to line a pie tin – 20-22cm round and 4cm deep – leaving a slight overhang. Roll the remaining third to a circle about 28cm in diameter. Pat the apples dry with kitchen paper, and tip them into the bowl with the cinnamon-sugar mix. Give a quick mix with your hands and immediately pile high into the pastry-lined tin.
  4. Brush a little water around the pastry rim and lay the pastry lid over the apples pressing the edges together to seal. Trim the edge with a sharp knife and make 5 little slashes on top of the lid for the steam to escape. (Can be frozen at this stage.) Brush it all with the egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 40-45 mins, until golden, then remove and let it sit for 5-10 mins. Sprinkle with more sugar and serve while still warm from the oven with softly whipped cream.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2004

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angelfire_laura's picture
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First time making an apple pie and I have to say this recipe had no faults. I followed all the measurements perhaps adding a little sprinkle more of cinnamon and the pie came out perfect. Will definately be baking this regulary. What I liked about this paticular recipe is that you did not need to stew the apples (theres nothing worse than a soggy pie) the apples are perfectly cooked inside and are not just liquid as some store bought pies regulary are!

vikkivw's picture
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Just made the apple pie, and it is the tastiest pie I have ever made. I don't think that the measures of sugar is in any way wrong, I think it must be the apples people have used. Make sure you use cooking apples, as these aren't as sweet as a normal granny smith for example.

If you prefer to have a stronger taste of cinnamon I would suggest to add another half teaspoon, but I think it's great as it is! Yom yom!

holmfirth's picture
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just follow the recipe caol.

holmfirth's picture
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sorry, forgot the stars too,

holmfirth's picture
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we all love apple pie and this sounds delish, the sweeter the better too for ue,lol, will definatly be makine this one,mmmmmm

tartal's picture
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It was so easy it didn't even feel like cooking to me. As for the taste, absolutely amazing and rich. The smell of the pie after it's been baked is simply mouthwatering. But, cinnamon lover that I am, I added a tablespoon of cinnamon to the pastry and two tablespoons to the filling. The whole pie lasted about 2 hours :) Also, I sprinkled it with brown sugar for some crunchiness.

starbit's picture
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I was a little short of butter and as a result my pastry a bit brittle, but overall a simple and tasty recipe!

I used golden delicious apples that were a bit past their best, and reduced the sugar in the filling, which worked well.

Partner complained I used too much cinnamon (I added extra) but I thought the taste was spot on!

gotulwa's picture
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i dont like its pastry. It was chewy rahter then biscuity and the dough was very soft. its sweetness was good. It was an average recipe.

caolfionn's picture
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I think i did everything wrong with this recipe. I blind baked my pastry before adding the apples and the pastry shrunk it was also terribly crumbly. I also halved the amount of sugar and it's far to bitter. Really disappointed in my first attempt...can anyone give me some pastry advice ???

paulnlondon's picture
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This is apple pie perfection. I'm not very experienced at making pastry but this was the absolute business. Warm pie with cold custard is my favoured combination - I almost inhaled it! For me the sugar and cinnamon levels were spot on.

west1871's picture
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my first fruit pie and it didn't disappoint. I used 80g sugar with the fruit as I used left over eating apples and blackberries and thought it may be too sweet with 140g sugar. I was a bit worried that the pastry would be too thin and would break so, rolled it out between two sheets of clingfilm with no flour and it turned out perfectly.
Will use this again and again

robertsimons's picture
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I really enjoyed baking this Recipe as it has improved my skill in Catering. I thought of adding Ginger but Cinamon was better.

cocker_spaniel's picture

This pie was lush - the pastry was perfectly cooked and it tasted like a proper apple pie. I doubled the amount of cinnamon from reading the above reviews but did not alter the amount of sugar, and it was delicious - not too sweet at all. Em xx (definitely a keeper!)

LuluLolly's picture
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Sorry - I forgot the stars ;-)

LuluLolly's picture
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I wish I could give this recipe more than 5 stars. For someone who is so scared of making pastry, this couldn't be easier. It was light and buttery and I'm planning to use it for my mince pies at Christmas. Try this recipe - you won't be disappointed!

jenniecox's picture
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Sorry forgot to rate it!!

jenniecox's picture
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This is certainly the recipe for the ULTIMATE apple pie!! I did put more cinammon in after reading the reviews which was very helpful. I used granny smiths and so the sugar was just right. A sweeter apple and the sugar would have been too much. I also added some raisins.
Easy recipe, pastry lovely!

rodders79's picture
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Followed the recipe exactly, except added a little bit more cinnamon and it was lovely. Went down really well with family members. Will make again!

ericax's picture
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such a good apple pie! the pastry was lovely and i found the amount of sugar was perfect-not sure what everyones on about?! i didnt have any cinnamon so used mixed spice instead and it was delish!

joliecooks's picture
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I made this to take to my aunt's house for after our Sunday roast. Everyone was truly impressed and compliments were endless. The sweetness was perfect and I must admit being a cinnamon fan, so I added double the amount and it came out a treat!

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