You don’t need fancy petit fours or some chocolate cake stuffed with a lava centre to satisfy your family’s sweet tooth – yes it would be nice, but let’s face it, in between cooking, doing the laundry and ensuring your toddler doesn’t stick anything up his nose, it just isn’t possible to create such luxurious desserts.
Luckily, we have a quick and easy solution for you. This apple pie is easy to make and will take care of everyone’s sugar cravings.
- Preparation Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 – 45 minutes
- Serves: Makes 1 pie
- 600g rich shortcrust pastry, or make 500g shortcrust with Snowflake cake flour
- 15ml beaten egg and milk for glazing
- 15ml castor sugar for sprinkling
- 4 medium Granny Smith apples
- 15ml grated lemon rind
- 125ml (100g) sugar
- 10ml ground cinnamon
- Divide the pastry in half. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface, to a thickness of about 3mm. Line a greased 23cm ovenproof pie dish with one piece of pastry.
- Prick the base and bake blind in a preheated oven at 190°C for 10 minutes. Remove the greaseproof paper and beans and continue baking for 5 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Leave to cool slightly.
- Filling: Peel, core and cut the apples into slices or coarse pieces. (If you’re really short on time, use tinned, sliced apples). Add lemon rind, sugar and cinnamon. Mix well and spoon onto pastry base.
- Divide remaining pastry in half. Cover filling with one half. Cut out stars from second half, brush lightly underneath with water and place on top of the pastry. Make small incisions with a sharp knife to allow steam to escape. Brush with beaten egg and milk. Sprinkle with castor sugar.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with whipped cream, if preferred.