Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

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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?


  • Samantha Rickelton

    2nd February 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Mmmm I love Apple Pie but do you know what, I’ve never made it myself! I have a craving now xx

  • Erica Price

    2nd February 2016 at 10:25 AM

    It sounds quite similar to my grandmother’s apple pie recipe. She never wrote it down, but thankfully as a teenager I had the forethought to watch her once and write it all down.

  • Nadia Marie

    2nd February 2016 at 3:31 PM

    How lovely that you have continued the tradition of baking the recipe your nan used! I love my own mother’s apple pie recipe and adore the scent of it baking as it fills the house with that sweet and spiced aroma of apples and cinnamon! Her recipe is similar but not exactly the same as it is an American style pie. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Grant R

    2nd February 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Yum. You’re so right – there’s something indescribably delicious about a warm apple dessert with custard. My wife makes a simple apple crumble with sprinklings of brown sugar and cinnamon on the top. This is making my mouth water!

  • Emma White

    2nd February 2016 at 3:57 PM

    oh I love apple pie with hot custard has to be one of my favourite desserts of all time

  • Ana De- Jesus

    2nd February 2016 at 4:04 PM

    This looks delicious I love apple pie. This would be nice with a dollop of cream mmmm

  • Angela at Daysinbed

    2nd February 2016 at 4:49 PM

    ooh this looks like a great recipe. My family love apple pie and custard and im naughty, I usually buy them the one from the supermarket for a £1.

  • Anosa

    2nd February 2016 at 5:26 PM

    That recipe book sounds like an heirloom full of goodness. I am yet to make my own apple pie so maybe I will give it a try next week

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    3rd February 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Apple pie is so good. My husband loves it. I might have to make him this for Valentines day

  • hannah

    4th February 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Oh my this looks so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. There’s something so satisfying about perfecting a family recipe isn’t there? Apple pie was the first thing I ever baked by myself and I still remember how proud I was when my family said they loved it 🙂 Would be great to see a photo of that old family recipe book – i bet there are lots of little handwritten notes

  • Honest Mum

    4th February 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Want this immediately! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  • Rachel

    22nd February 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Now I love a good home made apple pie, even though I am better at making a crumble x

  • Ana De- Jesus

    22nd February 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Oh yes apple pie is double trouble good I wanna a slice of that delicious apple pie for sure!

  • Samantha Rickelton

    29th February 2016 at 9:42 AM

    I didn’t like apple pie until a few years ago but now I LOVE it and will always order if it’s on a menu somewhere – I haven’t tried making it myself yet though x

  • Charlie

    29th February 2016 at 10:55 AM

    I cannot believe i have NEVER made an apple pie, I absolutely love it and this one looks lovely!

  • Elanor

    29th February 2016 at 3:35 PM

    I really wish I liked apple pie, this recipe sounds delicious! 🙂

  • WhatLauraLoves

    1st March 2016 at 2:28 AM

    Ooh this looks lush. Im more of an apple crumble girl myself rather than the pastry of a pie though xxx

  • Elizabeth

    1st March 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Mmm nothing beats a home made apple pie! I have bramley apples in the fridge… I should make one!

  • Jenni – Odd Socks and Lollipops

    1st March 2016 at 9:06 PM

    I do love apple pie, especially home made, but I have to confess I prefer it with cream to custard!
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  • Anna

    2nd March 2016 at 7:25 PM

    I am not huge fan of apply pie but this recepie looks really tempting i may change it and try it?

  • Donna Billson

    28th April 2016 at 9:31 AM

    My Nan made a legendary apple pie too! She is in her nineties now and I never thought to ask her how to make it. Maybe I should.

    I always like a little sprinkling of cinnamon too 😉

  • Sarah Ebner

    18th August 2016 at 7:26 PM

    I have a book which my mum wrote her favourite recipes in. I love it.
    (that apple pie looks delicious!)

  • Natasha Mairs

    18th August 2016 at 11:28 PM

    I have never made an apple pie but I have made an apple crumble. And I must say it was tastier than any shop bought one

  • Shannon Bryson

    20th August 2016 at 3:13 PM

    I am making this, i’ve always wanted to make apple pie and now I will!
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  • Petite Pudding

    20th August 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Love apple pie as does the other half – think I might have to give your recipe a go!

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    21st August 2016 at 7:40 PM

    This sounds like an amazing recipe. I might just surprise my husband with it. It’s bound to get me in the good books

  • Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    11th September 2017 at 10:44 PM

    I love apple pie AND I love that you don’t add any sugar to the apples! Even *I* add some sugar to the apples, and I’m known for going very easy on the sugar. I love the pie with custard, and I make that with a lot less sugar than most. It’s lovely that you are still using your grandmother’s recipes; that always makes something special to me.
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