Apple Pie – Easy Pastry Option

My friends’ pie. You can see why I had to make it.

I usually don’t put up two recipe posts in one week, but this seems to be the month for pies. Plus Ali sent me the great ‘How I Met Your Mother’ pic (on the Apple Pie – Homemade Pastry Option post) and I wanted to tie it all in.

A friend of mine gave me this recipe a few weeks ago. When I say gave I mean he posted a pic on Facebook of one of the pies he and his wife had just made and it looked so good I insisted he give me the recipe. Same thing, I say.

I’ve included two versions of this apple pie recipe here because after I made it the first time with sheets of frozen shortcrust pastry my friend had a little dig at me, saying it was just as easy to make the pastry yourself. David, you lied. It was not just as easy at all, but it was a lot of fun for me and the girls, so I forgive you 🙂

Below I’ve included two sets of instructions – one for the easy version, using frozen shortcrust pastry, and one for the not-so-easy-but-lots-of-fun version (where you make the pastry)


Easy Version: Apple Pie with frozen shortcrust pastry

This was our frozen pastry pie – it tasted a lot like a McDonald’s apple pie to me.

You will need:

8 green apples

1/4 cup lemon juice

60gms unsalted butter

1/2 cup caster sugar + 2 tablespoons caster sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of ground cloves

3 sheets of shortcrust pastry

1 tablespoon milk

STEP ONE: Thaw pastry enough to fit into base and sides of pie dish, then put into the fridge.

STEP TWO: Peel, core and cut up apples, immediately tossing them in the lemon juice as you go. We used one of those hand cranked slinky makers (that’s what we call them). Easy.

STEP THREE: Over a medium heat, melt butter in a pan with the sugar.

STEP FOUR: Add the apples, cinnamon and ground cloves. Stirring occasionally, cook for 10 minutes. When apples have softened, set aside to cool.

STEP FIVE: When apple mix has reduced to a warm temperature, take pie dish from fridge and scoop the apple into it with a slotted spoon (so you don’t add all the liquid).

STEP SIX:  Top with another sheet of pastry, brush on some egg/milk mixture, sprinkle with caster sugar, stab a couple of holes in the middle and pop in fridge for half an hour.

STEP SEVEN: Preheat oven to 180 degrees when the pie is just about ready to come out of the fridge.

STEP EIGHT:  Cook at 180 degrees for 40 minutes, or until you can’t resist the golden brown tasty pastry any longer.

For the more time consuming, but apparently (according to my wife) even better option, here’s a link:

Apple Pie – Homemade Pastry Option

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