Ultimate apple pie

Ultimate apple pie

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Ready in 2½ hours

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Serves 8

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal695
  • fat33g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs95g
  • sugars32g
  • fibre4g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.79g
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    For the filling

    • 1kg Bramley apples
      Bramley apples

      Bramley apple

      bram-lee app-el

      A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

    • 140g golden caster sugar
    • ½ tsp cinnamon



      A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

    • 3 tbsp flour



      Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

    For the pastry

    • 225g butter, room temperature



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 50g golden caster sugar, plus extra
    • 2 eggs



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

    • 350g plain flour, preferably organic
    • softly whipped cream, to serve



      Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…


    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.

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    18th Feb, 2013
    Winner !! I've been trying various apple tart recipes trying to get a good result and this is the first one that looks and tastes amazing. It was sweeter than it needed to be but that can be easily adjusted for the next time. Thanks for the recipe, I'm delighted :-)
    3rd Feb, 2013
    I have been looking for the traditional English apple pie recipe so long, as it is my husbands favorite! I have tried a few but this is the best! Easy to make, still so presentable. I made it for his colleagues and they were all impressed! I have already copied it in my recipe book...
    2nd Feb, 2013
    Cooking temp always a bit if a minefield, but this the the first time I've EVER seen the fan temp 20d hotter than the standard temp. Should I assume this is an almighty typo?
    26th Jan, 2013
    Absolutely perfect... Yum yum!
    23rd Jan, 2013
    I made this twice. The first time I followed the recipe exactly and it was way too sweet. The second time I reduced the sugar in the filling by 50g and it was perfect! Delicious! :)
    20th Jan, 2013
    Very good recipe. Made it for dessert for dinner. Vanilla icecream goes beautifully with this pie. Next time might put less flour into the filling to make it less sticky and more runny. To @marina: one of the reasons the pastry may get soggy is if you forget to make holes on top of the pie.
    11th Jan, 2013
    Marina, I use a metal pie dish (Lakeland?) which works a treat. Also, try sitting the dish on a baking tray in the oven which means the whole base of the pie will be heating evenly. I found a lot of juice came out of the apples so I am going to leave them covered in kitchen paper a little longer to absorb some more of the moisture. Also, you might like to invest in an oven thermometer...my oven is never as hot as it thinks it is!! Or turn your oven up a fraction to get the pastry to go nice and crisp. Good luck :)
    10th Jan, 2013
    I added more cinnamon. That apart, it was fabulous, especially the crust. Amazing!
    27th Dec, 2012
    Hi @rachgal, did you follow the amount of ingredients precisely as it's listed in the recipe? Did you use a a cake tin or a ceramic baking dish Just trying to figure out where did I go wrong:(
    26th Dec, 2012
    I made this pie (the first one I have ever made from scratch) for a Boxing Day family meal. Everyone loved it, and I was delighted. I will definitely use this recipe again.


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