Easy apple pie recipe

easy apple pie recipe made with Bramley apples and Jus-Rol shortcrust pastry

This easy apple pie recipe couldn’t be quicker — we love that it uses just a few ingredients but turns out a delicious carmelised treat that’s delicious warm or cold!

We love this with Bramley apple, which aren’t too sweet and retain their body and toothsomeness even after baking. Calorie count is an estimate.

As an apple pie hack, we use ready-rolled pastry, which means it can be prepped and assembled in record time. (Be sure to bring your pastry packages out of the refrigerator 45 minutes before you want to use them, to allow the pastry to warm — it makes it easier to work with.)

The slices don’t have to be perfect but try to make them about the same thickness. Then simply toss them in cinnamon, sugar and cornflour. Simple!

A golden Bramley apple pie from above with a silver pie slice
We used a basic design of leaves cut out of the remaining pastry. Pic: Jenography.net
interior view of a Bramley apple pie
Long slices build up in lovely layers. Pic: Jenography.net

As you can see from the pictures, the apples stock up nicely in layers, the filling is lovely and carmelised and the store-bought pastry flakey. The structure of the interior is a bit loose in the pictures. You can bake for less time if you’d like a firmer texture or add a bit more cornflour.

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A shot from above of a Bramley apple pie slide with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Serve with cream, ice cream, whipped cream…or cream-free! Pic: Jenography.net
A side view of a slice of Bramley apple pie with chunky layers of fruit
Pic: Jenography.net

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Easy Apple Pie

This quick and easy apple pie recipe uses British Bramley apples, ready-rolled shortcrust pastry and only 4 other ingredients. It's a great dessert to make with children. You can also create it using your own pastry made from scratch.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: Christmas, Dinner parties, easy, family-friendly
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Jennifer Howze

Equipment

  • Pie tin
  • Rolling pin, bottle or other tool to roll ready-made pastry

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 2 320g packages of ready rolled shortcrust pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten

For the filling

  • 140 g golden caster sugar Plus a little more for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp cornflour
  • 600 g Bramley cooking apples, peeled, cored, sliced about ¼-inch thick

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180 (fan)/Gas 6. Preheat a baking tray in the oven. You'll set your pie tin on this to catch spills if it bubbles over.
  • Take pastry out of the refrigerator 45 minutes before using it to allow it to warm up. This makes it easier to work with.
  • Unfurl the pastry from one of the packages and lightly roll it on a floured surface. You don't need to work it a lot — just give it a going over a few times. It should be 2-3 inches/5-7cm larger than the pie dish. Lift the pastry over the rolling pin and lower it gently into the pie dish.
  • Press the pastry into the dish and up over the sides. Make sure there are no air bubbles. and don't trim the excess on the edges yet. Chill the fridge for a few minutes.

Make the filling

  • Mix the sugar, cinnamon and cornflour in a large bowl. Gently stir in the apples.

Build the pie

  • Remove pie base from the refrigerator and pour in the filling. You can loosely arrange these in a domed shape that rises above the edge of the pan, trying not to leave any large gaps in the filling. Brush the edge of the pastry with the beaten egg.
  • Prepare the pastry from the second package as above, then cover the pie with it, pressing the edges together firmly to seal. Trim off the excess pastry with a sharp knife, then gently crimp all around the edge with the tines of a fork, a cork screw or other item that creates a pattern. With the tip of the knife, make a few small holes in the centre of the pie to allow steam to escape. Glaze the top with beaten egg.
  • With the remaining pastry cuttings, reroll and then cut out decorations for the top. You can create leaf shapes, use cookie cutters for specialty shapes or do abstract designs. Place them arrayed around the centre, fringing the edge or an attractive asymmetrical design, then brush with beaten egg.
  • Sprinkle the pie with golden caster sugar and bake for 45-55 minutes, until it's golden brown and apples are tender. Serve with cream, whipped cream or ice cream.

Notes

We use ready-rolled pastry, which means it can be prepped and assembled in record time. (Be sure to bring your pastry packages out of the refrigerator 45 minutes before you want to use them, to allow the pastry to warm — it makes it easier to work with.)
We love this with Bramley apple, which aren’t too sweet and retain their body and toothsomeness even after baking. Calorie count is an estimate.
Here's a simple and easy apple pie recipe. It makes the best homemade apple pie! Super easy to make and fast too. It will quickly become your go-to recipe!
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About Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is the Creative Director and co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at Jenography.net, tweets at @JHowze and Instagrams at @JHowze. Previously, she wrote the Alpha Mummy blog at The Times and as a journalist has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel, CNN.com, Allure, SELF and Premiere, among others. She won The Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for a health article in Seventeen magazine.

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  1. 01 December 2020 / 09:22

    If only I could get this recipe for thanksgiving, it would be really good. Nevertheless, I will try this easy and simple recipe for Christmas dinner when everyone will be at home. My next door neighbor have an apple farm, So I got plenty of apples in my pantry, ready to get cooked.