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Traditional British Apple Pie Recipe

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Traditional Apple Pie Recipe, Traditional Apple Pie
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An apple pie has to be the classic dessert or tea time treat. It is the stalwart of baking and I have yet to meet someone who does not enjoy a slice of pie.

Practically every country has their own style of pie and this one is a traditional British and Irish one. Cinnamon for me is an option (i am not a huge lover of the flavour, much preferring just apple and sugar) but that is up to you and your taste.

This traditional British recipe is quick and easy and ensures a perfect result every time. Use cooking or Bramley apples for the best filling, eating apples don't soften the same way.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • Pastry
  • 200g / 1 2/3 cups all purpose/plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 110g / 4 oz, cubed butter or an equal mix of butter and lard
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water
  • Filling
  • 700g / 1 ½ lb cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  •  110g / 4 oz sugar
  • 4 - 6 tbsp cold water
  • 1 level tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 25g / 1 oz  butter
  • Milk to glaze


  • Place the flour, butter and salt into a large clean bowl.
  • Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm.
  • Add the water to the mixture and using a cold knife stir until the dough binds together, add more cold water a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry.
  • Wrap the dough in Saran wrap/Clingfilm and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes.
The dough can also be made in a food processor by mixing the flour, butter and salt in the bowl of the processor on a pulse setting. When the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add the water, slowly, through the funnel until the dough comes together in a ball. Wrap in Saran wrap/ Clingfilm and chill as above.

Heat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7.
  • Meanwhile simmer the apples with the lemon juice and water in a large pan until soft. Add the sugar and cinnamon to the cooked apples. Remove from the heat and add the butter and leave to cool.
  • Roll out half the pastry and line a 13cm / 7" pie dish. Put the cooled, cooked apple mixture into the pastry case.
  • Roll out the remaining pastry to make a lid for the pie. Damp the edges of the pastry in the dish with a little cold water, cover with the lid,  press the edges firmly together and crimp to decorate.
  • Brush the top of the pie with milk and bake at the top of a hot oven for 20 - 25 minutes.
  • Serve hot or cold with cream, ice cream or custard sauce.
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 4 out of 5
traditional apple pie, Member double.dutch

I live in a hot climate as well. Made this recipe today for my English friends (I'm Dutch); we all loved it. For my friends it was ""like being home"". I had to cheat a bit, as I had to finish off ""ready dough"" waiting in the fridge. So I can't judge on the dough. The apple filling was very tasty! I make sure that the apples I use for baking are acidic. I think that's what makes it tasty.

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