This classic apple pie recipe with home-made shortcrust pastry, a beautiful lattice top and cinnamon-scented whipped cream tasted like home in every bite.
I have this idea of how my future will be. I’ll be in my 50’s/60’s, my kids will be grown up living happy, successful lives of their own and I will be travelling. A lot. But then my kids will phone me and say “Mom, I’m dying for your (enter iconic mom dish here). Come home.” And I will, and I will cook it for them and they will look at me with complete adoration in their eyes.
And often, people will laugh at me when I tell them about this little fantasy of mine. But then the other day, Aidan comes to me and says “Mamma, please please please can you make me apple pie again. Your apple pie is the best.” And I knew, right then, that I am not being unrealistic. Because let’s face it, we all have that one (or more) dish that our moms just make the best. Even my mom, not the most eager of cooks, had dishes that she just kicked ass with. Her chicken-fried steak, chicken liver pate and marshmallow fridge tart are to this day some of the most delicious things I have ever eaten.
And as a mom, there is nothing (and I mean nothing!) better than having your family love the food you cook for them. The kids feel the same about my chicken pie (I’m starting to see a pattern here…) and C feels that way about my…well anything with bacon in it, to be honest.
And so, I made an apple pie. And the whole time I was busy making the pastry, slicing the apples, whipping the cream, Aidan popped his head around the corner, asking when I would be done. He also kept telling me that this was the prettiest pie and he just couldn’t wrap his head around the lattice top. And to be honest, it takes a second or two to figure it out but the reward is so much bigger than the amount of effort it takes to create this pretty topping.
My brother said that the pie didn’t even look real. “It looks like a cartoon pie!” And that’s all down the pretty lattice top. This is not only an aesthetic thing though, the lattice top also allows the steam to escape efficiently, allowing your pie filling to become jammy and the pastry to stay crisp. In fact, I didn’t even blind-bake the pastry before hand. I simply chilled it efficiently before filling with the apples and baking.
The end result was this beautiful pie with its golden, crisp pastry and jammy apple-y interior. Serve with a dollop of soft, cinnamon-scented whipped cream and you have home in every bite.
- 400g flour
- 200g salted, chilled butter, cubed
- 50g caster sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 3-4 tablespoons ice water
- 6 apples (I used 3 Granny Smith and 3 Pink lady apples), sliced
- 3 heaped tablespoons muscavado (soft brown) sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 2 tablespoons corn flour/corn starch
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg, beaten (for brushing the pastry)
- 1 cup cream whipped with 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
- ½-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- To make the pastry, place the flour, butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor then pulse until the mixture resembles rough bread crumbs.
- Add the egg yolks and pulse until they are mixed in.
- With the mixer running, slowly pour the water in, a spoon at a time, until the pastry comes together in a ball.
- Remove from the food processor. Divide the mixture in two, with one piece being slightly bigger than the other (the bigger half will be for the bottom of the pie).
- Roll the bigger half out on a floured surface, ensuring it's big enough to cover the bottom of your pie dish.
- Place the pie dish in the fridge and allow to chill.
- Roll the remaining dough out and cut into 10 slices, approximately 1.5cm wide. Place on a piece of parchment paper and place in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
- To make the filling, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
- Remove the chilled pie case from the fridge and brush the edges with beaten egg yolk.
- Place the filling in the chilled pie case then cover the pie with the remaining slices of pastry. crimp the edges and cut away any excess pastry.
- Brush the pie with the remaining beaten egg and place in the oven.
- Allow to bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. If the pastry starts to brown too much, simply cover it with a piece of foil and continue baking.
- Remove the pie from the oven and allow to chill to room temperature before serving with the cinnamon cream.