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Apple Pie Recipe plus two more easy apple desserts

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 The best apple pie recipe you’ve ever tasted plus two more super fast and easy apple dessert recipes. Apple turnovers are a favourite in our house served on a cold night with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Gluten free apple crumble (apple crisp) gives a quick gluten free dessert option. My stand mixer is doing strange things so when I turn it on low speed it starts slow and then randomly goes onto high speed showering me with flour. Fortunately none of these recipes need a mixer, just a bowl and a pie dish, or a baking tray for the turnovers and you’re set. 

Apple Pie Recipe

makes one 23cm (9.06 inches) pie

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Apple Pie Ingredients
1.3kg (2.87 pounds) apples, peeled cored and sliced
1 Tablespoon of water

360g (12.7 ounces) or 2 1/4 cups all purpose plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
185g (6.53 ounces) or 3/4 cup chilled Butter
70g (2.47 ounces) or 1/3 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp or 15mL (0.51 fluid ounces) milk (4% fat)
Optional – extra sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle over the apple
optional ice cream, cream or custard to serve

Preheat oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit) (356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius)).
If using fresh apples peel, core and slice into thick chunks. Place in a saucepan with the water and heat over low heat with the lid on for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave with the lid on while you prepare your pastry.
Put the flour and butter into a bowl and use a knife to cut the butter into small pieces. Use your thumb and fingers to rub the butter into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix well. Whisk together the egg and milk then add to the flour mixture and mix well. Use your hands to press the dough into a ball. Roll out the pastry on a sheet of baking paper so that it is a fair bit larger than your dish. Pick up the baking paper with the pastry and flip it over onto the pie dish. Starting from one side gently peel off the baking paper. Lift and lower the pastry pushing it into the corners checking that there is no air bubbles trapped under the pastry. Use a knife to trim off the excess from around the outside of the dish.
Scoop all the apples into the pastry lined dish and sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon.
Roll out the remaining pastry on baking paper, flip the baking paper and pastry onto the top of the pie. Peel off the baking paper and trim around the edges. Use a fork to press down around the rim to seal the pastry edges together. Poke a small hole in the top with a knife to allow steam to escape.

Bake at 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit) until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is hot.


Apple Turnover Recipe makes 24 turnovers

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6 square sheets of store bought puff pastry
800g (28.22 ounces) tin unsweetened pie apple
1 Tablespoon or 13g (0.46 ounces) sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
optional ice cream, cream or custard to serve
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Preheat oven to 200C (392 degrees Fahrenheit) (392F (200 degrees Celsius)). In a bowl mix together the apple, sugar and cinnamon.
Cut each pastry sheet into quarters diagonally so that you have four triangles from each sheet. Place a spoonful of apple to one side of each triangle. Fold the triangle in half and use a fork to press and seal along the edges. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and crispy. Delicious served with vanilla ice cream.
For demonstration see video at bottom of this post


Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe
gluten free dessert recipe
800g (28.22 ounces) tinned unsweetened pie apple
8 Tablespoons or 48g (1.69 ounces) almond meal or almond flour
7 tsp or 32g (1.13 ounces) butter
8 tsp or 32g (1.13 ounces) sugar
optional ice cream, cream or custard to serve
Preheat oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit)
Mix together the almond meal, butter and sugar using a spoon. Place the apple into 6 individual heatproof bowls or one large 20cm (7.87 inches) x 15cm (5.91 inches) dish and crumble the topping over the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until the apple is heated through and the topping is crunchy and golden.

Directions for all three dessert recipes are shown in the video below:


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44 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    A 1/2 teaspoon baking powder is mentioned in the ingredients but never in the recipe text. I guess it will come in with the flour but it would be nice, if it would be in the recipe

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  3. Rating: 5

    I am so happy to have found your site years ago. I love you and all that you are. Please know that my heart goes out to you and your son. I am glad that he is feeling better. Know that Heavenly Father loves you all.

    • Thanks Colleen.

  4. Rating: 4.5

    Hı Ann,
    This is my first time ever commenting on your website, but i had to break an ice. İ would like to share my story with you. One Day, while i was searching the İnternet to fınd the best mousse recipe i came across on your two ingredient one. İ couldn’t believe it was posible to make something so amazing with only 2 things. Since then i never missed any of your Friday recipes. You are such an inspiration. İ come from a country where all the cooking things aren’t widely available but you always give us more posibilities and substitutions. İ absolutely love the fact you always have different measuring units listed so i don’t have to convert each and every one of them. As you can see you give a Great influence and motivation to us. Some people do things just for money (and it is obvious), but you do This because you injoy it. Just krep on doing what you do best and that is to be an inspiration and help everyone else fınd their inner cook inside themselves.
    With Love M

    • Thanks Mim, you brought a big smile to Ann’s face!

  5. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann,
    Such awesome recipes 🙂 I am going to make the apple pie tomorrow, but I just want to ask if the apple pie is not for a quick dessert, can I store the dough in the fridge for a few days? Thanks!

    • Hi Audrey, Yes you can store it in a ziplock bag or airtight container.

  6. I also would like to know why you didn’t blind bake the dough for the apple pie?
    Thank you

    • Hi Khawala, As this filling needs a reasonable time in the oven, you don’t need to blind bake it first. You would usually blind bake the shell if the fillinging doesn’t need baking or the filling can’t be cooked at the temperature required to cook the pastry sufficiently.

  7. Hi Ann,
    Can I use this dough recipe for making quiche?

    • Hi Khawla, Yes you could, just leave out the sugar.

  8. Rating: 4.5

    Wonderful! Reminds me of my childhood time. Thank you for sharing.

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