Warm up from the inside out with our classic apple pie. Featuring golden pastry, juicy apples and ice cream to serve, it’s an all-time winter favourite.
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Use it up: Use up your apple peels by slicing them into thin pieces to create a crunchy garnish for salads.
“As easy as apple pie” is one of those popular idioms we all know and use, but once you try this homemade apple pie recipe, the saying will make even more sense. A simple cinnamon shortcrust pastry encasing tender stewed apples and baked to perfection creates a warm and filling dessert that is the ideal treat at any time of day. Whether it’s morning tea with a dollop of whipped cream, after Sunday lunch, or as a treat to finish dinner, this warming apple treat is guaranteed to hit the spot.
Now some will say the apple pie pastry is the best part of an apple pie and, while it is definitely important and makes a big difference to the overall experience, the filling is of equal if not greater importance. A good filling will involve sweet and tender apples with just the right amount of bite to them and a hint of your favourite spices. This apple pie pastry recipe uses a cinnamon spiced pastry, so the filling is flavoured with vanilla and a touch of lemon and thickened slightly with cornflour to ensure it isn’t too watery or it will make the pastry soggy. If you use a plain shortcrust pastry for apple pie, adding a touch of cinnamon to the apple mixture always hits the spot. The best apples for apple pie are generally the green-skinned Granny Smith. They’re the ideal texture and just the right level of sweetness and tartness.
When it comes to what pastry for apple pie is the best, this one can be really down to personal taste. While many love a buttery shortcrust pastry as their perfect apple pie crust, there are others who enjoy a flaky puff pastry on top. This recipe uses a lightly spiced and buttery shortcrust that balances out the sweet apple filling. If you like a flakier experience, a layer of puff on top would not go astray. No matter what you cover your apple pie ingredients with, you’ll be in for a treat.
Once you’ve mastered how to make apple pie with this classic apple pie recipe, you can find inspiration with more of our pie recipes or get the kids in the kitchen to create these easy baked apple pies.
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