‘In the Apple’ Apple Pies

A very easy recipe when you just can’t get the knack of making a full pie…  I always have a problem of trying to get the top to meld thoroughly with the base.


6 granny smith apples

4oz plain flour

1 oz butter

3oz caster sugar

1 egg

1 tbsp brown sugar

1tsp cinnamon / mixed sweet spice


  • Cut off the top of 4 apples off and discard.
  • Remove the inside of each apple with a spoon very carefully, as to not puncture the peel.
  • Remove skin from 2 additional apples and slice very thinly. These apple pieces will give you filling needed to fill the four apples you are baking.
  • Mix sliced apples with 2oz of the caster sugar and the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. If you prefer more or less cinnamon and sugar, make adjustments as desired.
  • To prepare the pastry, crumb the butter and flour together in a bowl by hand.
  • Add the remainder of the caster sugar (1oz).
  • Mix in the egg and a little drop of milk to form a dough.
  • Roll out and cut into 1/4 inch strips. (You can also add a strip of pastry inside the top of the apple almost like a liner to add a little more texture/sweetness to the pie.)
  • Scoop sliced apples into hollow apples.
  • Cover the top of the apple in a lattice pattern with pie crust strips.
  • Place apples in an 8×8 pan. Add just enough water to the cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft.


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