Another easy and tasty recipe by Sue Stoneman. This is a very easy apple pie to make. It works well with other fruit and if you don’t want to make the pastry, buy a pack of the ready made stuff which will save you time.
Rustic Apple Pie
- Prep Time30 min
- Cook Time40 min
- Total Time1 hr 10 min
For the pastry
- 225g plain flour
- 100g unsalted butter
- Pinch salt
For the filling
- About 7 apples (approx. weight 700g) cored and sliced (I leave the skins on but take them off if you prefer)
- 50g light soft brown sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 egg, separated
- 3 tablespoons demerara sugar
First you need to find a baking sheet which will fit into your BBQ as this will be what you will be cooking your pie on. Light your BBQ if it isn’t already lit. You need it to be about 200°C cooking indirect.
To make the pastry, rub the butter into the flour with a pinch of salt until it resembles breadcrumbs then add enough cold water to bring it together to form a dough. If time, chill in the fridge for a while.
Wash, core and cut the apples, slice and then put into a bowl with the cinnamon, cloves and sugar. Stir so that all the pieces of apple are coated with the spices.
Next, take the pastry and roll it out into a circle about 35cm. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfectly round – hence the name ‘rustic apple pie’. Place this onto your greased baking sheet. You need to mark lightly an inner circle of about 25cm diameter in the middle of the pastry
With the beaten egg yolk, brush it over this inside area. (This is to prevent the pastry from going soggy from the juice of the apples. Sprinkling with ground almonds also helps).
Then place the apple mixture on top and spread out to the edges of the circle.
Carefully lift up the edge of the pastry and bring it up making an open parcel, overlapping where necessary. If any bits break off, just patch them back on again with a little egg white.
Brush the egg white around the pastry surface and sprinkle with the demerara sugar.
Place the baking tray into your BBQ and cook for about 30-40 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and it is lightly browned.
Serve warm with crème fraiche, ice cream or custard.
If you like, scatter some dried fruit in with the apples prior to cooking.