Recipe for a fantastic Old-Fashioned Apple Pie with raisins and a splash of rum


Ingredients for pastry:
450 g flour
250 g cold butter, cut into cubes
100 g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
some cold water

Ingredients for filling:
50 g raisins
30 ml dark rum
600 g cooking apples (like Granny Smith or Bramley) – skinned, cored and thickly sliced
300 g eating apples (like Pink Lady) – skinned, cored and thickly sliced
100 g golden caster sugar (I used light brown sugar)
15 ml flour

How to
Place the flour and butter in a food processor, and pulse until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.

Add the icing sugar and give it another quick pulse, then add the egg yolk and process for a few seconds. Add a tablespoon of water to the mixture, then pulse until it just starts to come together. Add more water if needed, but not too much.

Wrap the pastry in clingfilm, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 180 C.

Place the raisins and dark rum in a small bowl, then microwave for 30 seconds. Let it stand to soak. (Annie prefers to soak the raisins overnight without adding any heat, I just use a microwave to speed up the process.)

In a large bowl, toss the apples with the sugar and flour, then add the soaked raisins and brandy. Mix well.

Remove the pastry from the fridge, then roll out 2/3 of it on a lightly floured surface.

Use the rolled out pastry to line a greased baking tin/dish of about 30 cm (oval) or 25 cm (round). The edges should hang over the sides of the tin.

Tip the filling mixture into the pastry base, then spread it out evenly.

Paint the edges of the pastry with milk (where it would meet the top layer). Now roll out the remaining 1/3 of the pastry, and use it to cover the top. Now trim the excess pastry, and use a fork to lightly press the 2 layers together.

Brush all over with milk, then dust with sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven, then let it stand for 10 minutes before serving hot with whipped or clotted cream.


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Recipe courtesy of The Food Fox. Visit the blog for more delicious recipes. Recipe copyright – Ilse van der Merwe. Photo copyright – Tasha Seccombe.