Classic Apple Pie

During our holiday in Bavaria a couple of weeks ago, apple season was at its peak. Our family there has a couple of apple trees in their garden and the fruit was pretty abundant. 🍏🍎

Seeing all this, I asked whether I could prepare an apple pie for them and they gladly agreed. Apple pie uses a combination of basic ingredients which are always available in our kitchen and therefore is a great way to make use of the abundant apples. Everyone seemed to like it as it was gone too fast! 😀

This apple pie is definitely a treat. It is everything I look for in an apple pie… a sweet and tart filling encased in a flaky and buttery crust. The apples are complemented by flavours of cinnamon and cloves, which totally scream autumn to me! 🍂🍂

This rich, buttery and fruity dessert may not be for everyone. On any other day, I would opt for the lighter Healthy Apple Cake, which is a great alternative to the classic apple pie.

Apple Pie

  • Servings: 10-12 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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A buttery and fruity pie, perfect as a dessert or with a cup of tea


For the pastry:

  • 350g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 220g unsalted butter, cold & cubed
  • 2-3 tbsp ice-cold water

For the filling:

  • 1.5kg apples
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 75g sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 30g butter

To decorate:

  • Leftover pastry
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  1. For the pastry: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and sugar. Add the butter and mix together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. (You can also do this in a stand mixer). Gradually, add the water until the dough holds together.
  2. Divide the dough into two, one slightly bigger than the other. Place each piece on a plastic wrap, flatten it into a disc, wrap it and chill for at least an hour.
  3. For the filling: Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. Place them in a large mixing bowl and pour the lemon juice. Toss to combine.
  4. Add the cinnamon, ground cloves, flour, sugar and salt to the apples. Mix all ingredients together.
  5. To assemble: Prepare a 9-inch pie plate. Roll out the bigger piece of dough into a 12-inch round shape. Gently roll it out onto the prepared pie plate.
  6. Pour the apples onto the dough.
  7. Roll out the second piece of dough and cover the apple filling. Decorate as desired. Place it back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.
  8. To bake: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  9. Remove pie from the refrigerator. Brush the pie with milk and sprinkle some sugar on top.
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  11. Let the pie sit for at least 45 minutes before cutting into it.

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