Old-fashioned apple pie

  • 2 hrs 30 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Lemony apple filling
  • 7 (1.5kg) large apples. peeled, cored, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup (60ml) iced water, approximately
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup (35g) cornflour
  • 1/4 cup (30g) custard powder
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 125 gram cold butter, chopped
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) iced water, approximately


Old-fashioned apple pie
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
  • 2
    To make lemony apple filling: Cut each apple quarter in half lengthways. In a large saucepan, place apples with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until apples are just tender. Transfer apples to a large bowl; gently stir in sugar, cinnamon and lemon rind. Cool to room temperature.
  • 3
    To make dough: In a large bowl, add flours, custard powder, half the sugar, butter; blend or process for about 2 minutes, or until just combined. Add egg yolk and enough of the water to make ingredients just come together.
  • 4
    On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 5
    Roll two-thirds of the dough between sheets of baking paper until large enough to line a 23cm-round pie dish. Ease dough into dish; trim edge. Cover; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 6
    Roll remaining pastry between sheets of baking paper until large enough to cover pie; discard pastry scraps.
  • 7
    Spoon lemony apple filling evenly into pastry case; brush edge of pastry with some egg white. Cover filling with pastry sheet. Press edges together firmly; trim using knife. Using fingers, pinch edges to make a frill. Brush pastry with remaining egg white. Sprinkle pie with remaining sugar.
  • 8
    Bake for about 40 minutes or until pie is golden brown. Serve.


This apple pie can be made two days ahead and refrigerated, covered, but pastry will tend to soften a little under the apple.

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