Skill level: Easy peasy
This easy apple pie recipe is a real classic. Made traditionally with stewed apples and a rich buttery pastry you just can't go wrong. Serve with custard or ice cream for an extra special treat for dessert after your roast dinner Sunday afternoon. This recipe serves 4-6 people and takes around 1hr and 45 mins to make and bake. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container up to 2 days. Reheat or serve cold.
For the filling:
- 675g apples
- 75 - 100g soft brown sugar
- Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
- 1tsp of mixed spice
- 1tbsp plain white flour
- 25g butter
- 7tsp cold water
- 280g/10oz plain flour
- 170g/6oz margarine or butter
- A pinch of salt
You can replace the grated orange rind with 2tsp of ground cinnamon, add to the soft brown sugar and flour for a festive taste
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6, 15 mins before baking the pie.
- Peel and core the apples and then cut into thick slices and reserve. Mix together the sugar, grated orange rind, mixed spice and flour.
- Place a third of the apple slices in the base of a 1.2 litre deep pie dish and sprinkle with half the sugar mixture, cover with half the remaining apples and sugar then arrange the rest of the apples on top. Pour the orange juice over.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and dot over the apples.
- Make up the pastry by mixing all of the ingredients together and kneading into a dough. Roll the pasty out to an oblong on a lightly floured surface about 4cm larger than the pie dish then cut out a 1.25cm strip. Dampen edges of pie dish with a little water then place the thin strip on the pie dish edge. Dampen the pastry edge then place the pastry lid in position. Press edges firmly together and using the back of a knife flake the edges together. If you like, any pastry trimming can be used to decorate the top.
- Brush pastry with a little water and sprinkle with the caster sugar. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 mins then reduce oven temperature to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 and continue to cook for 30 mins or until the pastry is golden brown.
- The pie can be sprinkled with a little more sugar after baking, if you like. Serve warm with cream, custard or ice cream.