How to Make Apple Pie and Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

Updated on March 20, 2018
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She has a keen interest in creating delicious recipes.

Apple Pie Recipe
Apple Pie Recipe | Source

How to Make Apple Pie

Step-by-step instructions with my own photos. I talk about the following recipes in this article:

  • Apple Pie: An apple tart or pie covered with hot custard or cream and ice cream is a delicious combination.
  • Shortcrust Pastry: Combine this recipe by making your own short crust pastry too, and you have a delicious homemade dessert for all the family to enjoy.
  • Jam Tart: This recipe for jam tart is perfect for using any left over shortcrust pastry from the apple pie.
  • Custard: Making your own custard rather than using tinned custard is so much tastier and easy to do.

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Apple Tart
Apple Tart | Source


  • 3 large cooking apples
  • 6 oz of plain flour
  • 3 oz of butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Small amount of Milk
  • Small amount of Sugar

How To Make Shortcrust Pastry

Step 1:

  1. Put 6 oz of plain flour into a mixing bowl. Use a sieve so that you are adding as much air as possible.
  2. Add a pinch of salt.
  3. Take 3 oz of butter and cut into small pieces. The butter is best if at room temperature.
  4. Add the butter to the flour and mix in with your fingertips. Do this as quickly as possible until the mixture is a crumbly texture.

Shortcrust Pastry Recipe
Shortcrust Pastry Recipe | Source

Step 2:

  1. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and add water.
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is a sticky, but not too wet.
  3. Throw some flour on to a flat surface where you intend to roll out the pastry.
  4. Add flour to the mixture now so that you can remove it from the mixing bowl in one piece.
  5. Roll out the pasty to the approximate size of your dish.

Step 3: Preparing the cooking apples

  1. Peal and cut the cooking apples and put in a dish.
  2. Add some sugar to sweeten the apples and a small amount of water.
  3. When the apple tart is cooked in the oven this will create a lovely sweet juice.

Making Apple Pie
Making Apple Pie | Source
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Step 4

  1. Add the pastry to the top of the dish containing the cooking apples.
  2. Cut the pastry to fit the size of the dish.
  3. Add a small amount of milk to the pastry.
  4. Put in the preheated oven in the middle shelf for 45 mins at 200 degrees.
  5. When you remove the cooked apple tart from the oven immediately add a small amount of milk with a brush and throw some sugar around the top. This gives the apple tart a nice glazed appearance.

Apple Pie and Cream
Apple Pie and Cream | Source

How to Make a Jam Tart

If you have made too much pastry, it freezes very well. Or you can put it in the fridge wrapped in a plastic bag. This will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

But what better way to use a small amount of left over short crust pastry than making a jam tart or as we call it where I live a "jam roly poly."

Jam Tart with Pastry
Jam Tart with Pastry | Source

Step 1

  1. Roll the pastry over till you reach the end and seal the edges with a fork.
  2. Brush some milk on top of the pastry.
  3. Prepare a baking dish by greasing it and adding some tin foil.
  4. Place the jam roly poly on to the baking tin. Cook for 30 mins at 200 degrees.

The jam tart always tastes better eaten straight from the oven covered in hot custard.

Jam Tart and Custard
Jam Tart and Custard | Source

How to Make Custard

You can buy tinned custard to eat with your apple or jam tart. This does taste alright, but as always, homemade tastes even better.

It is extremely quick and easy to make your own custard using the custard powder available in supermarkets and stores.

Step-by-Step Custard Instructions


  • Half a pint of fresh milk
  • Packet of custard powder
  • Small amount of sugar

Step 1

  1. Add a very small amount of milk to a cup.
  2. Add one tablespoon of custard powder and stir in well.
  3. Making sure there are no lumps in the mixture.
  4. Add the remainder of half a pint of milk to a pan and heat.
  5. Stir the milk in the pan constantly or you will end up with burnt milk.

Custard | Source

Step 2

  1. Give the custard powder and milk in the cup another quick stir.
  2. Just as the milk is about to boil in the pan add the custard mixture gradually but quickly.
  3. In order to make lump free custard it must be stirred ALL the time until the hot milk turns in to the custard.
  4. It is a matter of taste whether you make thin or thick custard.
  5. Always make thicker custard than you require and then if necessary thin it out by adding some more milk.
  6. The custard is cooked and ready to serve immediately on to your tarts, pies or fruit.

Recipe for apple tart, pastry and custard

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        L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

        Apple Tart and hot custard is really a lovely dessert. It is easy enough to cook and I love it.

        Thanks vespawoolf for your comment and share. Yes the Jam Poly is also great with hot custard too.

        Angela maybe you are not allowing the pastry to get enough air as you mix it. Keep trying though because the taste of home made pastry is well worth the effort.

        RedElf thanks for reading and the comment

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        RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

        Love apple tart! Couldn't pass this one up! Great photos!

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        Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

        Okayy cross your fingers my crust never tastes good. Not flakey at all... do you have any suggestions? Yummy article. Great pictures!

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        vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

        Is there anything more delicious than apples and homemade custard?? I like the additional Jam Roly Poly recipe to use up extra pie crust. Very practical. Your great photos make my tummy rumble. : ) Voted up and awesome...and shared!

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        L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

        Thank you everyone for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

        Hot apple tart and ice cream is one of my favorite deserts.

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        dorothy 6 years ago

        Positively exceeded my expectations! Wonderful flavor, very filling…It was an unexpected gem of a dinner, even for my kids. Adding this to the keeper pile… together with family’s favorite dessert like this this is a very simple and all purpose chocolate cake. Just stir the batter and throw into the oven and you'll soon be eating cake.

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        Christine 6 years ago from Dublin

        Yum yum looks lovely and you have explained it very well as usual. Well done keep up the great writing..

        Garlic Angel :-)

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        TajSingh 7 years ago from United Kingdom

        Thanks for the recipes! These look delicious.

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        Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

        Ohhhh I love you!! hahaha...

        Just brilliant pics ,almost had me licking the screen.

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        SJKSJK 7 years ago from delray beach, florida

        Looks absolutely delicious, I will try these recipes.

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        Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

        This is spectacular, mouthwatering treat. Great hub design and those step by step instructions are brilliant. I love the fact that you took all the detailed photos- they complement the recipes very very well. Voted up & Awesome!

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        Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

        Wow, what a GREAT guide! I don't know whether to drool, run to the nearest bakery and buy the whole thing out, run to my kitchen, or just pass out! The recipes are great, your instructions are very helpful, and the photos are stellar. Voted UP!!!

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        smackins1974 7 years ago from UK

        looks delicious!!!


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        Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

        Loved the photos and what a great idea to use the left over short crust pastry.