Traditional Apple Pie

One of my main culinary influences has been my grandmother. She has made more apple pies than I care to remember, and each of them has been entirely delicious. I’m not quite sure why FrugalFeeding hasn’t yet encountered this humble pie, but such an oversight couldn’t be allowed to remain at large for long. So, last weekend and with a fairly candid approach, I set about constructing one such masterpiece for my extended family. Though the recipe was slightly different from the one used by the matriarch of the Frugal family, it was extremely tasty and did my history of good apple pie justice.

Usually, the apple pie we have at home is entirely covered, both top and bottom, in pastry. However, this can often lead to a slightly heavier dessert than intended, so it seemed as though a lattice topping was for the best, and it proved to be a most prudent decision. The lack of an overwhelming amount of pastry not only gave the pie a rather nice look, it also made more of a feature of the filling. Indeed, not only could one see the filling itself, but one could also taste it that little bit more. Who knows, perhaps this will become the preferred topping for all of my pies?

One may serve this pie with whatever one pleases. However, my suggestion would be to serve it with a good quality vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of double cream. Please refrain from using whipped cream, squirty cream or the dreaded single cream – they simply don’t do the pie justice. Though, I suppose I can’t force you to listen to the ramblings of a jumped up Welshman.

Apple Pie

Serves 8-10


• 1kg Bramley apples, peeled, cored and sliced

• 120g golden caster sugar

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon

• 2 tbsp flour

• 1 egg, beaten

• 1 home-made shortcrust pastry case


1. Preheat the oven to 190C. Tip the sliced apples into a saucepan with half of the sugar, cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes. Put the rest of the sugar, along with the flour and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. After the apples have been cooking for the required period of time, remove them and add to the flour mixture. Leave any juice behind, it actually tastes rather nice as a drink. Coat the apples in the flour, sugar and cinnamon and leave to cool.

2. Prepare the pastry case according to this previously written guide. Tip the apples into the prepared pastry case. Cover with the remainder of the pastry cut into strips around 1.5cm wide. Sprinkle with a little sugar, brush over a little beaten egg and bake at 190C for 40-45 minutes. Sprinkle with a bit more sugar and serve hot.

Cost: As we already know, the pastry costs roughly 30p to make. The filling is, I suppose, relatively expensive. However, the entire pie still comes in at an extremely reasonable £2.50.

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124 comments on “Traditional Apple Pie

  1. cookinginsens
    February 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

    That is gorgeous Frugal!

  2. tharamangalam
    February 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Reblogged this on tharamangalam.

  3. jobakes
    February 17, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Oh now, I do love a good apple pie (as you’ve seen on Jo Blogs Frugal!) and that looks superb. I love the shots of the whole apples too – gorgeous photography. I’m all about the pastry when it comes to pie, I love extra not less! But I must admit, the lattice top is very pretty and I do mean to try it soon (not done it before – gasp!) 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Oh yes! thanks – I like that shot too. This was my first time! 😀

  4. caterinacucina
    February 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Looks really good!

  5. Skye
    February 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Yum. Yum. Yum. I love apple pie.

  6. bellacorea
    February 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

    It looks fantastic golden brown!! I want some!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. trixfred30
    February 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Yes looks like you feed a small army with this one…

  8. thecompletecookbook
    February 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Hard to beat tradition.
    🙂 Mandy

  9. Vanesther
    February 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I now have an overwhelming desire to bake apple pie! Yum!

  10. Just A Smidgen
    February 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

    So.. it’s 2:44 am here and I’m unable to sleep.. this is sooo pretty, before and after baking. I’d give anything for a little warm slice, a little ice cream.. then I promise I would go back to bed and sleep like an angel:) Lovely, lovely pie!

  11. filingawaycupcakes
    February 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! It’s good to remember old favorites.

  12. Chica Andaluza
    February 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    That looks so beautiful – can almost smell it! And how about creamy custard with the pie?!

  13. Emma @ Sweet Mabel
    February 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! Would love to tuck in to a slice of that right now, with a drizzle of double cream.

  14. Part Time House Wife
    February 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Great pics! Made me want to make one!

  15. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    February 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Grandma’s food rocks!!

  16. egg me on
    February 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Pie usually isn’t my thing, but this apple pie looks AMAZING. Your Grandma knew what she was doing. So do you, apparently. Good stuff.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks! There’s nothing quite so satisfying as a good pie – though you apparently disagree, :).

  17. Bam's Kitchen
    February 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I agree with pie this good you need a scoop of good ole fashion vanilla ice cream ala mode.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Oh yes! It just does it so much justice 🙂

  18. thelittleloaf
    February 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    My granny is a huge inspiration to my baking and an apple farmer to boot so she would LOVE this recipe. She used to make more crumbles than pies but this looks seriously delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Oh awesome, Loaf, that’s so cool :). I can’t wait to have a few apple trees once I get my own house. My mum makes more crumbles than pies too.

  19. mommywritervkent
    February 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Great post and recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  20. jessa
    February 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Mmm, you know I love some pie!

  21. mizvaldes
    February 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Gosh, that looks good! Thanks for posting.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks! no problem, I shall endeavour to better myself as well 🙂

  22. Suchi
    February 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Hi, I am new to your blog. What a gorgeous pie. I agree with you, this needs good quality vanilla ice cream. How cool of you to give the cost of each dish. Home made is cheaper and healthier, each and every-time!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you found it! Home made cannot be beaten.

  23. ohmygoodygoodness
    February 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    That is perfect. I love the simplicity of the apple pie and that special feeling of comfort that it brings with each bite. I love the way you made this!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      I’m glad you approve of my method :D. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do it quite like me :). It is most certainly very comforting 🙂

  24. John from the Dolls House shop
    February 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Aplle Pie was the only good thing my Mum could cook, and I still ask here to bake me one every now and again. Real, memory inducing food.

  25. Karista
    February 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Beautiful! Looks to good to eat. 🙂

  26. mrswebbinthekitchen
    February 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Mmm. Here’s a food this American knows and loves! Haha, always a good one. Simplicity at its best. Love the lattice top.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Awesome! I’m glad you like it so much. It was my first lattice :D. I shall do it again 🙂

  27. Peri's Spice Ladle
    February 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    This pie looks delicious:) Dreaming of a warm apple pie with a dollop of cream…

  28. spree
    February 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    love seeing a ” jumped up welshman ” baking the “all-american dessert”! this looks beautiful Nick!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Haha! It’s funny that it has become such a staple of the American diet – I mean, it wasn’t invented in America. I guess that it was a symbol of American prosperity though – something very important back then when they were trying to survive without direct British rule.

  29. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    February 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Looks great. My two great loves in the pudding dept are anything chocolate and anything with apples – and there’s not much that can beat a good traditional apple pie!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks! Yes, those are two great categories :). True, not a lot beats it.

  30. Joanne
    February 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    What a gorgeous, rustic looking apple pie. Love the apples peeping out on top!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, spatula! I know, it’s quite cute really 🙂

  31. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    February 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    It doesn’t get any better than that!

  32. tuesday2
    February 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    My husband is always trying to convince me to make an apple pie…your picts may have done the trick; I can almost smell it!

  33. Paige
    February 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    This looks fantastic! What a beautiful picture too…

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks! I wasn’t sure whether it looked that good, but everyone seems to love it.

  34. creativenoshing
    February 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I love your blog. I am nominating you for The Versatile Blog Award.

  35. flowercityfoodie
    February 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I learned to make apple pie from my grandma too! She taught me to eat it with a small slice of extra sharp cheddar, but I like it with ice cream too!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      That’s a great idea – someone else has mentioned that. no one in my family does that though.

  36. thehealthyfitdiva
    February 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Love it!!! apple pie is my ultimate comfort food. For my birthday my mom would make me this instead of cake because she knew I’d prefer it. My favourite one is with lattice top, but I add some crumble topping to make it extra special

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Awesome! I’m glad you like it. Birthday Apple Pie has a certain ring to it :D.

  37. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    February 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Pastry scares me! I don’t think I would be capable of creating something this beautiful, but a girl can dream. 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      You would! Pastry isn’t scary either, follow my guide 😀

  38. Baker Bettie
    February 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Mmmm, this looks so yummy. Reminds me of my grandma’s pie. Beautiful!

  39. theplumpalate
    February 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Very nice. Looks like the perfect pie. I have an apple fanatic in the house (my son) but have yet to make him a pie. Your post reminds me that it’s time!

  40. Purely.. Kay
    February 18, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Oh.. you have outdone yourself today. Your apple pie looks so scrumptious and definitely inviting. I have to try this out.. I always wanted to make a apple pie as pretty as this one

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks, so much :D. I thought it might go down as a little messy, but everyone seems to love it.

  41. Cara
    February 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Okay, now you are just plain showing off! Nick, this pie is one of the most beautiful pies I have ever seen. Absolutely brilliant! <–no sarcasm here, either; it's *that* good 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Well, yes, I am ;). I’m glad you like its look!

  42. thewholebagofchips
    February 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    This pie looks beautiful! I’ve never used lattice for an apple pie before, nor have I ever cooked the apples before filling the pie. I also really like the sprinkle of sugar over the crust both for the added sweetness and for the way it looks in the picture!! Can’t wait to try this out myself!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      This was my first ever lattice topping :). Glad you approve 🙂

  43. meetyourtreat
    February 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    One of the most charming pies I have ever seen! Lattice is the way to go, let the apples be the star of the show.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Oh wow, thanks! I’m glad you think so 🙂

  44. Heather @ SugarDish(Me)
    February 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    This is beautiful & rustic & made me CRAVE apple pie! I never use a double crust for mine, either. My grandma passed when I was only 5, but my memories of her always include apple pie!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Awesome :D. you should give in to your cravings and make one :). Aww, that’s nice 🙂

  45. thebigfatnoodle
    February 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Love the lattice work and your pie looks much better than some I’ve seen in some bakeries around time. My husband loves eating it with custard…

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Aww, thanks! that was my first ever lattice :). Custard isn’t such a bad choice 😀

  46. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    February 19, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Beautiful pie, and agree with you that often a lattice topping is the way to go! A question – I read in an old James Herriot novel (I think that’s what it was) that apple pie in parts of the UK is served with whisky and a hunk of cheese. Is that the case?

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks! That was my first lattice actually. Umm, I have no idea – sounds a wee bit Scottish… It would work admirably.

  47. baconbiscuit212
    February 19, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Oh yum! Double cream please . . .

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      I’d plump for ice cream, but a fine selection double cream is.

  48. ceciliag
    February 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Love apple pie, nothing like it, but I see you have an olive tapenade below so i am off to investigate that recipe! bye!! c

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      I totally agree :D. Oooh, that’s a good un!

  49. Kelly
    February 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Love the pie pic! What a great table to shoot on!

  50. Anita Mac
    February 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    As with my comment on your lemon ricotta cheesecake – I am only too happy to help with the taste testing here too! Great photos of your apple pie. Looks devine.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Haha! I’m glad you like my food so much 🙂

  51. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    February 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    That is one beautiful pie. I almost never make lattice crusts, but they look so nostalgic and just full of love, they’re hard to resist.