Classic Apple Pie Aisling Larkin modern lifestyle food newstalk
Classic Apple Pie Aisling Larkin modern lifestyle food newstalk

Classic Apple Pie

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes


  • 300 g plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • 75 g margarine
  • 75 g butter
  • 6 tbsp cold water
  • 1.5 kg dessert or cooking apples
  • Juice of 1/2 small lemon
  • 85 g sugar plus 1 tbsp to glaze
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp milk to glaze

Special equipment

  • 23cm / 9in pie dish


  • Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  • To make the pastry, sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the butter and margarine. Using your fingers, mix together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add about 5-6 tbsp cold water – 1 tbsp at a time – to bind the mixture into a ball. Then wrap it in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge while you prepare the apples.
  • While the pastry is chilling, core the apples, then cut into even-sized chunks so they all cook in the same amount of time.
  • Toss the sugar, lemon juice and cornflour into a bowl with the apples and combine.
  • Take the pastry from the fridge, Divide it into 2 portions, one slightly larger than the other, then roll out the larger piece until it's about 30 cm in diameter, gently pressing into the corners of the pie dish or plate.
  • Brush the edge of the pastry with a little milk and then pile the apples into the lined pie dish.
  • Roll out the second piece of pastry into a circle, use to cover the apples. Press the edges together to seal, then use a sharp knife to cut away any excess.
  • Brush the entire top of the pastry with milk and sprinkle over a little sugar.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are tender, approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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