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Apple and Poppy Seed Pie: Quick and Easy Recipe

I used to help in our family restaurant, love good food and enjoy thinking up creative ways to cook and use leftovers to avoid food waste.

Apple and poppy seed pie with ready-made puff pastry and tinned poppy seed

Apple and poppy seed pie with ready-made puff pastry and tinned poppy seed

Apple Pie With a Poppy Seed Twist

This recipe is particularly suitable for inexperienced cooks because very few ingredients are required and no sepcial skills are needed. Beginners and regular cooks can rejoice at the fact that they can produce such a tasty and slightly unusual fruit pie with so little trouble.

I love experimenting with ingredients and poppy seed filling is my latest addition. It comes in tins and packets, or there are recipes for making it at home. This filling is very popular in Eastern Europe, and is often used for celebratory dishes. Now that international food is so popular, it's not hard to find it in international grocery stores and, of course, online.

I actually invented this recipe because I had half a tin of the filling left over after I had made poppyseed roll—and whilst making an apple pie, I was looking round for some additional flavour to give it a kick. I usually add cinnamon, apple pie spice or even crystallized ginger. This time I wanted a change, and my eyes fell on the rather brightly decorated tin, which tickled my creative streak.

Equipment

  • An oven-proof glass or metal dish
  • Pastry board (or flat, clean surface)
  • Oven-proof pie tin or bowl
  • Egg whisk or fork
  • Bowl (to mix eggs)
  • Knife (to cut apples and shape pastry)
  • Pastry brush

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons Bakalland poppy seed filling
  • 3 Bromley apples (or any large and sour-tasting apples)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup / 250 ml water

For the Crust:

  • 1 roll ready-made puff pastry
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, white sugar or honey (or any sweetening alternative}
Ingredients

Ingredients

Tin of Bakalland Poppy Seed, ready-rolled pastry and cooked apple mixture

Tin of Bakalland Poppy Seed, ready-rolled pastry and cooked apple mixture

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

3 servings

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 (375°F/190°C).
  2. Core the apples, and peel if desired, then chop into small chunks. Place them in a saucepan, adding the poppy seed filling, cinammon and water. Gently boil for 5 minutes until the apples are softened and the water has partially evaporated, so that the mixture is still wet and slightly juicy.
  3. Place the apple mixture in a shallow baking dish and cover it with the pastry so that the edges of the pastry are spread and overlapping over the sides of the dish. Cut round the edge of the pastry with a sharp knife or pastry cutter so that it fits the dish, and press the edges to seal the dish. Pierce the pastry in 2 or 3 places to allow steam to escape.
  4. Beat the egg yolk and paste it over the pastry surface with a pastry brush to give it a nice glaze.
  5. Place the pie in the oven and cook at Gas Mark 5 (375 °F/190°C) for 20 minutes. Check whether the pastry has risen and turned pale brown and, if necessary, cook it for 5 to 10 minutes longer (according to your taste and the accuracy of your oven temperature).

Photo Guide

Apple chunks cooking

Apple chunks cooking

Cooked apple mixed with poppy seed

Cooked apple mixed with poppy seed

Two small pies ready to be baked in the oven after they are smeared with egg yolk

Two small pies ready to be baked in the oven after they are smeared with egg yolk

The finished pies

The finished pies

Serving Ideas

Apple pie, with or without poppy seed is very versatile. You can eat it in any of the following ways:

  • Hot, warm or cold
  • With ice cream
  • With cream
  • With custard
Slice of apple and poppyseed pie

Slice of apple and poppyseed pie

Pie with custard

Pie with custard

Another Delicious Poppy Seed Recipe

Comments

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on May 10, 2021:

A triple yum on this one. Love apples.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 02, 2021:

This sounds lovely and easy to make too. Thankyou!

Iqra from East County on May 01, 2021:

This recipe sounds delicious and it's very easy to cook. Thanks Diana

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