Granny Una’s apple pie

Our Granny Una makes the most delicious apple pie. She has handed the recipe over to the bakers in the family as she is now 94 years old and doesn’t bake that much any more. Her recipe is totally divine and is best when eaten in large quantities with either cream or ice-cream.



Sweet pastry:

250 grams of unsalted butter;

1 cup castor sugar;

2 eggs;

3 cups cake flour;

1/2 teaspoon salt;

2 rounded teaspoons baking power.


2 tins pie apples;

2 teaspoons mixed spice;

2 tablespoons sugar;

60 grams melted butter;

2 tablespoons brandy OR lemon juice;

2 tablespoons cake flour.


To make the pie crust, beat softened butter and castor sugar and then beat in eggs, one at a time. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Knead until a dough forms. Shape the dough into two long blocks and refrigerate (I refrigerate overnight).

img_0386Cut the chilled pastry dough into line slices and line the bottom of a prepared baking tin (approximately 35 cm by 25 cm).

Blind bake the bottom layer of pastry for approximately 15 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 190 degrees Celsius.

While the bottom layer of pastry is baking, make the pie filling. Mix the pie apples, mixed spice, sugar, melted butter, brandy OR lemon juice and flour together. I added two handfuls of blueberries just because I had them and I thought it would be fun to do so.


Spread the filling over the based on the pie. Thinly slice the second block of pastry dough and cover the mixture with the slices. Bake for approximately 20 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius. Turn the over down to 150 degrees Celsius and bake for a further 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with cream or ice cream.


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33 thoughts on “Granny Una’s apple pie

  1. My Sicilian grandma baked and cooked from scratch till the day she died. She was 93. It’s so nice that you’re capturing Granny Una’s recipes, Robbie. If she’s like my grandma, she doesn’t measure anything ~ a pinch of this, a palmful of that … 🙂

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