Classic Apple Pie

Classic apple pie by Mary Berry. A staple for any baking repertoire, this apple pie recipe features a hint of clove. Finish the pastry with a sprinkle of sugar.

Introduction

This is one of my favourite desserts. I always decorate my sweet pies with a few pastry leaves, so that they look more inviting.

Serves 6
Easy

Ingredients

675g (1½lb) cooking apples, peeled, cored and thickly sliced
50–75g (2–3oz) caster sugar, depending on how sweet or tart the apples are
4 whole cloves
For the pastry:
175g (6oz) plain flour
50g (2oz) diced butter
50g (2oz) diced white baking vegetable fat
Milk, to glaze
Sugar, for sprinkling

Essential kit

You will need a shallow 900ml (1½ pint) pie dish.

Instructions

Arrange half the apple slices in the bottom of a shallow 900ml pie dish and sprinkle with the caster sugar. Arrange the cloves evenly among the apples. Cover with the remaining apple slices and add 3 tablespoons cold water.

To make the pastry, measure the flour into a bowl. Add the diced butter and white vegetable fat and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add about 2 tablespoons cold water and mix to a firm dough.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to a size that will cover the top of the pie dish. Lift the dough onto the dish and trim the edges. If you like, cut the trimmings into decorative shapes, such as leaves, and lightly press onto the dough. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Brush the pie with a little milk, then sprinkle the top with sugar. Make a small slit in the centre of the pie for the steam to escape. Bake in the preheated oven for 40–45 minutes or until the apples are tender and the pastry is crisp and pale golden. Cover the pie loosely with foil towards the end of the cooking time, if the pastry starts to brown before the apples are cooked.

 

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