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An oldie but a goodie, apple pie is one of the ultimate comfort foods. Make sure you have plenty of creamy custard on hand.


  • 1.4 kg Bramley apples, peeled, sliced and cored

  • A splash of Calvados

  • juice of 3 lemons

  • 375g strong 00 white flour

  • 250g caster sugar

  • 125g butter

  • 1 medium egg

  • 100g ground almonds

  • a handful of sultanas

  • a pinch of cinnamon

  • For the topping

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • caster sugar


  • 1.

    Soak the sliced apples in the Calvados and lemon juice for 2 hours. Mix all the pastry ingredients together and leave to rest for 1 hour.

  • 2.

    Roll out the pastry to fit into a pie tin and fill with the apples and sultanas.  Sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll out the pastry trimmings for the lid, cover the pie and crimp the edges together. Brush with the egg wash and sugar and bake for 25 minutes at 200C until golden brown.

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