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British Pie Week

5th – 11th march is the British Pie Week!

Hubby insisted we should celebrate this great holiday by eating pie every day. So today I’ve made apple pies. Enjoy!

I decided to update the old post as the pie I made a few years ago didn’t look as good as the one I made this year, 2015. The recipe I’m using now is slightly different than the old one, as I added 1 egg in the pastry. The flavour is so much better.
For decorating I usually cut the dough into long strips to make a woven lattice on top. Now I’ve tried something different with leaves and it looks amazing. I don’t want to make the pies too doughy as I prefer to taste the filling. Another aspect is that I feel I would add calories. This pie had 1580 calories (without the custard) and I would say there are 6 good size portions. This means that a slice of pie had only 263 calories, almost half the calories that are in 1 shop-bought cupcake.

01 apple pie

02 apple pie
Make the pastry with 75g butter, 150g flour and 1 egg. Mix the soften butter with the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg and knead the dough. Leave it for 30 minutes in the fridge.

03 apple pie
Roll the dough with a pin and place it in the baking tray.

04 apple pie
Wash and peel the apples. Grate them on the large holes, add 50g of sugar, 1 spoon of flour and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Fill the pastry with the apple mixture.

05 apple pie
For the decorations, roll the remaining dough.

06 apple pie
I wanted to use my ivy cutter, but I didn’t find it, so I made freehand leaves instead. Using a pizza cutter, for a more smooth finish, cut the dough in the shape of a leaf.

07 apple pie
With a knife, make a visible dent in the middle of the leaf and continue to make dents for the veins.

08 apple pie
Make a branch from the remaining dough and add the leaves. Bake it for 40 minutes at 180C fan.


09 apple pie

10 apple pie

11 apple pie
I served the pie with vanilla custard.