Apple pie is good.
Great comfort food for this time of the year.
Homemade apple pie is always best.
Warm apple pie, slight crunch to the not overly sweetened filling wrapped in flaky sweet pastry.
Is there anything better? For me there really isn’t. I just adore homemade apple pie.
It’s been a goal of mine for a very long time has to make an apple pie just like my Nan used to. They were delicious. Every month whilst at university my parents would visit with a care package. The best thing contained in that care package was one of my Nan’s apple pies and a jar of custard. Many times there would be extras for house mates. everybody loved my Nan’s pies.
I think I’ve finally perfected her pies after about 35 years of trying! I’m still using her recipe from her handwritten recipe book that she started writing down her favourite recipes in the 1930’s. I just love this little book of treasured recipes and love looking through it and finding all the tasty dishes she used to cook for me as a child.
To make the apple pie you will need:
- 200g/8oz plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 50g/2oz lard
- 50g/2oz butter
- Approx 2 tablespoons of cold water
- 50g/2oz caster sugar
- 3 large bramley apples
- An egg yolk
Mix flour and salt together. Rub in the lard and butter.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead. Roll out the party to approx 5mm thick and place on to an ovenproof greased and floured plate.
Peel and core the apples and slice. Now you may not like this bit, place the apples on top of the pastry. Nothing else. Just the apples. I like tangy apple pie and don’t add any sugar to the apples at all. I think I’m alone with this so you may want to sprinkle a little caster sugar on your apples.
Brush the edge of the pastry with water and place your pastry lid on top. Crimp the edge with a fork or your finger and thumb.
Brush the beaten egg yolk over the top and sprinkle over the caster sugar.
Cook until golden brown.
Truly scrumptious with warm custard.
Do you have a recipe handed down the generations that is a firm family favourite?