Traditional American apple pie


Pastry (Pie dough):

  • 400 g/14 oz/ 3 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g/ 5 ½ oz/ 1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavouring (extract)
  • 150 g/5 ½ oz/ 2/3 cup butter, softened, cut into small pieces


  • 75 g/ 2 ¾ oz/ 1/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 10 desert apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 100 g/3 ½ oz raisins, soaked for 20 minutes in a hot rum

Place the flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl and rub in the butter. Kneed the mixture until a soft pastry (pie dough) has formed. Take 2/3 of the dough, roll out and line a 24 cm/9 ½ inch loose-bottomed quiche/flan tin (pan). Using sharp knife, trim edge even with pie plate.

To make the filling, toss the apple slices with the sugar and raisins. Add the apple mixture to the pastry case (pie shell).

Roll out the remaining (1/3) dough and carefully place it over the top of the pie.

Roll and crimp the edges of the dough together, tightly sealing them. Using a sharp knife, make five- 2-inch (5 cm) slits from the center of the pie out towards the edge of the pie to allow the steam to escape.

Bake in a preheated oven, 190°C/375°F/ Gas mark 5, for 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the juices are bubbling. Leave to cool.


  1. Anonymous10/28/2013

    What kind of apples to use to bake with?

    1. I use whatever I have, preferably a mix of varieties, which provides the most complex flavors.

  2. Anonymous10/28/2013

    Now I’m craving pie for breakfast.

  3. Anonymous10/28/2013

    This past weekend I went and picked a bunch of apples. Then I made apple pie using another recipe, but it wasn't tasty. Next weekend I'll try to bake with this recipe.

  4. Anonymous10/28/2013

    I needed a recipe for this weekend. I think you just made my research a whole lot easier.

  5. Anonymous10/28/2013

    My father makes a really yummy triple-crust blueberry pie.

  6. Anonymous10/28/2013

    This is the only way I know how to make apple pie, I’m so glad to see it up here! I grew up with my mummy making this on just about any occasion that required pie.

  7. Anonymous10/28/2013

    I am an apple addict, you can never have too many.

  8. Anonymous10/28/2013

    My mom has made this for years.

  9. Anonymous10/28/2013

    This one recipe brought me back to my grandmother’s kitchen and her apple ‘pie’.

  10. Anonymous10/28/2013

    We’re going apple picking this weekend and I’ve been desperate to find a recipe to help with the scads of apples.

  11. Anonymous10/28/2013

    I have about 7 pounds of apples left from my apple picking adventures two weeks ago. Have already made apple pancakes, apple muffins! I think I’ll have to make this, don’t want those apples to go to waste!

  12. Anonymous10/28/2013

    Now have a reason to go apple picking this weekend.

  13. Anonymous10/28/2013

    Too many apples is a good problem to have, especially when the result is so many delicious treats.

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  15. Anonymous10/28/2013

    Can't wait to try this.

  16. Anonymous10/28/2013

    Can I please have this piece right now? Really wish I could over-pick apples.

  17. Anonymous10/28/2013

    This apple pie looks so good.

  18. Anonymous10/28/2013

    That looks so yummy!

  19. Anonymous10/28/2013

    My older sister used to make this and it brings back good memories.

  20. Anonymous10/28/2013

    Apple pie is seasonally perfect!