Autumn Apple Pies | RecipeYum
Apple Pies are an easy and delicious sweet treat. Plus, they’re great to make in Autumn – when Apples are sweet and ripe!
Sometimes I feel like I should rename Sauce Pots ‘The Pie Blog’, because I do seem to make a hell of a lot of them! The truth is, I just love decorating pies, so any excuse to make one is OK in my books! This time, in honour of the impending Autumn, I made a lovely batch of simple Apple pies, but with a beautiful autumnal theme for the decorations.
Growing up in a house with a small orchard in the back, we were always overrun with apples at this time of year, and of course, I didn’t appreciate this as much as I should have. Mostly because with apples came wasps, which meant I spent more time running for my life from Satan’s minions than I did picking up lovely ripe apples. I’ve come now to appreciate the sharpness of a wonderful Irish cooking apple now though, and use them regularly.
To minimise the amount of sugar I need in this recipe though, I’ve gone with a slightly sweeter apple – the granny smith. This one’s got plenty bite and good zing, but isn’t anywhere close to the mouth-watering sourness of a typical Irish cooking apple. The perfect choice for a pie like this! Using this apple means that I only need 2 tbsp of sugar in this recipe – just 1/2 a tbsp per person!
Mostly, though, this is about pie decorating. That is, after all, the best bit about making pies! I’ve covered lattice decorations in my Blueberry Lattice Pie, and we’ve talked about meringue toppings in my Raspberry Meringue Tartlet. This time, we’re getting leafy with some lovely leaf-shaped pastry cutters.
Though they look intricate, these pies are probably the easiest decoration job I’ve had so far, thanks to using cutters. They make the job simple, easy, and clean, giving you that professional finish. I mixed it up with a variety of decorations, from layering leaves, to adding additional decoration to both double crusted and lattice pies.
Mini pies can be tricker because all your decorations needs to be smaller, making the job automatically more intricate, but you can always make a full size pie if you’re daunted by the more detailed work. I can’t stress enough though just how easy pastry cutters make this job. Not bad for a cheap purchase on Amazon!
You can even take the decorating one step further by painting parts of your pastry decorations with food colouring, perfect for adding even more of an autumnal theme to your apple pies, by painting the leaves in tones of orange, red, and yellow. This was a bit too much work for me!
You can always keep it simple with basic double crust apple pies, but why bother when it’s so easy to get creative – never mind the fact that it’s also ridiculously fun! If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t constantly have pie in my house. It’s a real problem.
- 1 sheet shortcrust pastry
- 4 granny smith apples
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp light brown sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
- 1 egg, beaten
- A squeeze of lemon juice
- Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
- Peel & cole your apples, and dice into small chunks.
- Add the apple to a bowl with the cinnamon and brown sugar, tossing until all the ingredients are combined. Add a small squeeze of lemon juice and stir a final time.
- Use half of your pastry to line 4 miniature pie dishes, rolling the pastry out thinner if necessary.
- Trim the edges so they are neat and tidy, matching the mini pie cases.
- Pill each case with a few spoons of the filling, until they are completely full. Remember, the filling with shrink slightly while cooking.
- Begin to decorate your pies however you please. I used leaf pastry cutters for an autumnal design. By mixing this up with a lattice design, or a double crust, I was able to create varied and unique designs. Try to recreate some of mine, or invent some designs of your own!
- Only the designs are ready, brush the pastry with the beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with some brown sugar before baking for approximately 35 minutes, until the pies are golden brown.
- Serve these pies warm, with a large dollop of delicious vanilla ice cream.