My Grandma Shipway was one of the best cooks I have ever known. Her apple pie is absolutely melt-in-the-mouth delicious. I have made hundreds of these, well, maybe not quite that many in my young life, but plenty anyway, and every single one has been superb.


4 - 6 green apples                                                1 cup plain flour

4 - 5 cloves                                                            1 c self raising flour

5 - 6 tablespoons sugar                                        1/3 c caster sugar

1  1/2 c water                                                        2/3 c butter

1/3 c water (more if needed)    


          Apple filling

Peel, core, slice and cook the apples with the cloves in 1 1/2 c water for 10-15 mins.

Drain and then add sugar, mix through and then remove the cloves. 

Pre-heat oven to 220c.


Cream the butter and sugar for 2 minutes on high (with electric mixer). Lightly rub in the sifted flour, both plain and self raising, until the mixture looks like fine bread crumbs. You could do this in the food processor if you have one, but I do like the feeling of having done it all myself.

Add water and mix to a soft, but not sticky, dough. Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Roll half the dough on lightly floured grease-proof paper.

Place the pie dish on top of pastry upside down and lift the paper and pastry (and pie dish) up and over to get the pastry onto the dish without breaking it.

Fill with apple mixture and top with the rest of the pastry (rolled out).

Trim excess pastry from the edge of the dish and use a fork to press down around the edges. Decorate with extra pastry if you want - I recently make one with Christmas trees on it, using the excess pastry and a cookie cutter!

Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle sugar on top. Use a fork to pierce a couple of steam holes on the top.

Cook for about 10 minutes and then reduce the oven to 150c until brown on top - total of about 35-40 mins.

Enjoy this delicious apple pie fresh from the oven, with cream or ice-cream.

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