This is Apple Crumble Pie is a pie of comfort and joy. The perfect hybrid of crumble and pie deliciously held together with cinnamon spiced apple slices and family love. A pie to come home to.
Preheat your oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4
Make the crumble by rubbing 100 grams flour, 80 grams sugar and 70 grams butter together in a bowl with your fingertips until they form breadcrumbs and are clumping together a little. I do this in my food processor. Simply blitz and pulse until breadcrumbs form and then go clumpy. Set aside.
If you are going to make your own pastry then we will begin here. I make mine in my food processor because it is easier and less messy.
Blitz 300 grams plain flour, 2 tbsp of caster sugar and 150 grams of butter cubes in the food processor until it resembles sandy breadcrumbs.
If making by hand then use the rubbing in method to combine the ingredients into breadcrumbs. Add the water and mix into a dough with a wide bladed knife.
Add 5-6 tbsp of cold water and blitz on pulse until it starts to lump together into a chunky dough.
Take the lid off and give a bit of the dough a squeeze to see if it sticks together nicely. If it does I tip it out and squeeze and lightly knead until it forms a nice soft circle of dough. If it doesn't stick freely together I would add another of tbsp of water, blitz and check again.
Lightly flour your surface and roll out the dough. If you have a 500 grams block of ready made shortcrust then do the same. The dough should be about a pound coin thickness and level throughout. Keep checking that the pastry isn't sticking as you roll.
Line your pie tin with the pastry using your rolling pin to help you lift it centrally over the dish. I check that the dough shape is big enough for the pie dish by gently placing the dish on top of the pastry and looking at it to gauge if it will be wide enough to cover the sides of the pie dish.
If you are using ready rolled pastry then line your pie dish too.
Place it centrally over the dish and press it lightly to fit. Use the rolling pin to support it as you move it to the dish.
Trim the overhang off with a sharp knife so that the pastry does not tear.
Pierce the pastry on the bottom of the dish with a fork all over and line with baking paper and fill with baking beans or similar (rice, dried pulses). Bake for 15 minutes. Then carefully remove baking beans and baking paper and bake for another 5 minutes. Set aside.
Whilst your pie crust is baking peel, core and slice your apples into 1 cm slices. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
Scatter over ½ tsp of mixed spice, 2 tbsp of flour and 80 grams of sugar. Mix the whole lot very well together so that the flour coats the apple pieces well.
Roll out the excess pastry into a long strip and cut vertically into 1 cm strips.
Plait three strips of pastry to make a plait. Repeat until you have plaits that will reach fully around the pie dish.
When the pastry case is baked fill it with your apples and press them gently down.
Secure plaits onto the pie rim with water brushed over the surface you want the plait to stick to.
Scatter all the crumble mix on top so that it covers all the apples well. Leave the pastry plaits clear of the crumble.
Brush the pastry plaits with beaten egg.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until the whole thing is gorgeously golden brown baby.
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I serve traditionally with vanilla custard, vanilla ice cream or just plain velvety double cream (heavy cream if you're in America).
Use shop bought ready rolled shortcrust to speed up the recipe and make it almost an easypeasy assembly job.
To make this pie gluten free use gluten free flour in the pastry, crumble and when mixing it into the apples.
All nutritional information is approximate and intended only as a guide.