Apple Pie With French Pastry

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apple pie with French pastry

apple pie with French pastry

This Apple Pie With French Pastry, a shortcrust pastry called pate brisee, is another dessert from my Kitchen Treasure Hunt, No. 2, for forgotten kitchen gadgets. Kitchen Treasure Hunt 1 was my thistle shortbread mould that I used to make Scotland Thistle Flower Shortbread.

Loose bottom tart tin

Loose bottom tart tin

This pie tin must have been at least 6 years old. It was stored away so well that I actually forgot about it. In fact I didn’t really know what to do with it at that time. But blogging have really helped me improve my cooking and baking tremendously. I have been much inspired by many other food bloggers. I have become more daring and creative. The moment I saw my pie tin, I told myself I have to make an apple pie.

I still have lots of kitchen gadgets that I bought years ago but never used. It’s my hobby……quite an expensive hobby! But now I’m going to dig them out one by one and make some good use of them. Looks like I’m on a very fun and exciting journey, playing treasure hunt in my house and learning how to cook new food. Why don’t you join me! I’m sure you have, too….hehe

Apple pie with French pastry

Apple pie with French pastry

I used 8 red apples for this apple pie. You can use green ones, too. I wanted to put as much apple filling as my pie shell can accommodate. I like this pie tin very much because it’s quite deep and the pattern is beautiful. It has a loose bottom too which makes removing the pie from the tin very easy.

I think my pastry is a little thicker. If it’s thinner, I think I should be able to add another 2 apples! I’ll try next time. There’s a little pastry left which I can easily make 1 or 2 small ones but I decided to freeze it for the next use.

I really love this apple pie with the French pastry dough. The pastry has a softer feel to it due to its higher oil content and the apples are just right in taste……a very mild sourness to it which I really like. It would be very delicious served with ice cream or custard but there was none at home. Well, I’m quite happy without the ice cream though…..less fattening…hehe.

Here is my Apple Pie With French Pastry recipe. It’s actually quite simple to make this pie. I had fun lining the pastry into the tart tin….with much tender loving care!

Ingredients (apple puree for base)
4 red apples (peeled and cored)
1T butter
2T sugar
zest of half lemon
little of cinnamon (optional)

Apple pie puree

Apple pie puree

Put everything into a pot and cook until soft. Mash it and leave it aside.

Ingredients (apple pieces to top)
Same ingredients as the apple puree above except that the apples are sliced into thin pieces. Don’t overcook. It should be a little soft but still has a bite to it.

Apple pie pieces

Apple pie pieces

Ingredients (Pastry)
2 & 1/2 C  plain flour
1T sugar
1/2t salt
250g butter
1/4C cold water

Apple pie pastry

Apple pie pastry

Process everything until it comes together. It takes a few seconds only. If you don’t have a processor, use finger tips to mix. Chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes. While the dough is in the fridge, you can cook the filling. Using 2 small pots to cook both the filling makes it quicker.

Prick the base of the pastry

Prick the base of the pastry

Roll out the pastry and line the tart tin. This part is quite tricky as the dough is quite fragile. I roll it out quite thick, then gently transfer into the tin. Then I use a small spice bottle to roll the dough out inside the pie tin and use fingers to press it upward to fill up the curved spaces. Prick the bottom with a fork. Chill again for about 20 minutes. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes until light brown.

Spread the apple puree onto the base of the pastry. Arrange the apple pieces on top. Sprinkle some sugar over it and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. The pastry and apple filing are all cooked so the baking is only to brown the top.

a slice of apple pie

a slice of apple pie

What is your favourite fruit pie? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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kristy  on September 10th, 2010… Mary, I want a slice too! Great that you found more gadgets. haha… Are there going to be more coming after this? Yeap, I’m expecting more, daaaahling. Have a fabulous day.
Cheers, Kristy

claire  on September 10th, 2010

Gosh.. just look at the apple slices staring back at me!! how i wish you are my “next door neighbour” lol…

Angie  on September 10th, 2010

Mary, this looks absolutely delicious, and so moist. I’ve bookmarked it for future use!
Thanks for sharing.

3hungrytummies  on September 10th, 2010

That looks fabulous Mary! Its dinner time here and a slice of that for dessert would be great!

Belinda @zomppa  on September 10th, 2010

This is stunning! The pastry looks too good…buttah….

Arnold  on September 10th, 2010

I have not had decent apple pie for a long time. This looks delicious and pretty easy to make. I see you have marked the cinnamon as optional, I will definitely include this, apples and cinnamon are just made for one another. I have bookmarked this for later use.

Aipi  on September 10th, 2010

Oh my, the pie looks delightful.. Beautiful job:)

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Christine@Christine's Recipes  on September 10th, 2010

Yum…yum…It’s our all-time dessert for afternoon tea. It’s fun to roll up the pastry. Sometimes I feel kneading is like molding playdoh.
Your apple pie is giant. Can I have a piece? It’s fun when sharing too. :)

Katerina  on September 10th, 2010

Until recently I was very hesitant regarding tart pastry. Having done this couple of times, I feel more safe now. Your tart looks very appetizing. I would love to have a piece with my cup of tea.

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elra  on September 10th, 2010

Beautiful apple pie Mary!

sushma mallya  on September 10th, 2010

wow so yummy,…

Jeannie  on September 10th, 2010

That’s a very lovely pie! I’d love to try this..thanks for sharing:D

Evan @swEEts  on September 10th, 2010

I’ve never thought of adding an apple puree to the bottom of a pie! Genius! This looks fabulous.. I must say my favorite pie is cherry, but I’m a suck for a good apple any day!

Joy  on September 10th, 2010

That looks great. I love the crust.

anncoo  on September 10th, 2010

I love apple and cinnamon ~ very much! Your apple pie looks good with apple puree in it. I would like to have a bigger slice :)

Cenwen  on September 10th, 2010

Wow! It is superb!

I love Apple Pie!

Hello Mary:)

I hope you’re well!

I wish you a great weekend!


lequan@luvtoeat  on September 10th, 2010

My gosh do I ever agree with you Mary, cooking and baking are such expensive hobbies haha. I am a sucker for kitchen products. Whenever I see something neat that I don’t have, hubby has to restrain me teehee.

Your pie looks delicious. I love that you actually left the top off. It looks beautiful that way, how you arranged the apples. Have a wonderful weekend Mary!

Cooking Gallery  on September 10th, 2010

I love apple pie. Would taste great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, yum!

Drick  on September 10th, 2010

beautiful pie Mary… oh what a treat your family must have thought when you found this tin … wonderful recipe

Mary  on September 10th, 2010

@kristy - Yes….lots more gadgets to make lots more food :D At least one guilt gone after using one gadget…haha. Come, I’ll make a big one for you! :D Hope you have a lovely day, too.

@claire - If I’m your neighbour, you need tonnes of exercise to burn off the calories :P Never mind, I’ll get you to play badminton with me :D

@Angie - Thanks very much, Angie! Have fun baking :D

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much, Suresh! Time that you bake one, too :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! :D

@Arnold - Yes, I marked cinnamon as optional cos I think some people don’t like cinnamon. I used a little. I don’t like it too overpowering. Some of my friends like to put a lot. Have fun baking :D

@Aipi - Thanks very much, Api! :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - I’m catching up on you :P Hope to make again soon. Of course….a big slice for you. Come and I will make a bigger one….to share :D

@Katerina - We are making progress in our baking, right? I’m really so happy :D I think I’m going to be making lots of tarts from now on :D

@elra - Thanks very much, Elra! :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! Have fun baking :D

@Evan @swEEts - Cherry pie sounds delicious. I would love to try one day. Thanks very much for sharing :D

@Joy - Thanks very much, Joy! :D

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Ann! Awww….you can have as big a slice as you want….my pleasure! I’ll enjoy making more :D

@Cenwen - Thanks very much, Isabelle! I’m so glad you like it :D
I’m well. Hope you are, too. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

@lequan@luvtoeat - Tell you a secret here…just don’t let your hubby read this. NEVER ever bring your hubby along when you go shopping. After you buy, hide them away!…LOL. My hubby would be horrified if he knows how much I have!! :D Thanks very much for your compliment. I didn’t cover the top with pastry cos I want to be able to see the apple pieces :D

@Cooking Gallery - Ya, so sad I didn’t have ice cream in my fridge. Next time I must buy the ice cream first before making the pie :D

@Drick - Thanks very much, Drick! I’m glad my apple pie came out well otherwise I’ll have to quickly hide my pie tin again….haha :D

Faith  on September 10th, 2010

Your pastries are always so impressive, Mary! This one is beautiful and looks delicious!

tigerfish  on September 10th, 2010

I think I am safe on baking tools..but the other cookware constantly exposed me to spending danger :O

kamalika  on September 10th, 2010

Thats too gorgeous….Though I don’t like apple pie ,the dish looks delicious….

Sophie  on September 10th, 2010

Waw!! Your apple pie looks just stunning & tryly amazing too!

MMMMMMM,…lovely food!

PlumLeaf  on September 10th, 2010

looks really delicious Mary! But I think it really deserves the ice-cream and drizzle of cream -(’cos it’s naughty!)

you can use your beautiful pie case for savoury dishes like quiche.

If I had a tin like yours I would make a bakewell tart or a giant baked coconut tart!! loved coconut tarts from chinese bakery when younger!

5 Star Foodie  on September 10th, 2010

Thank you for this recipe - just the perfect dessert with apples to make this weekend!

Jen Cheung  on September 10th, 2010

the way you put the apple looks like a piece of an artwork to me. very nice :)

have a lovely weekend :)
jen @

Mary  on September 11th, 2010

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! :D

@tigerfish - Haha….we are in the same boat! Maybe we should open a cookware and bakeware shop and a restaurant and have fun of both worlds…haha :D

@kamalika - Thanks very much, Kamalika! Give a try, or maybe use other fruits :D

@Sophie - Tanks very much, Sophie! :D

@PlumLeaf - Thanks very much! The next time, I’ll make up with a big, giant scoop of ice cream :D Oh yes, I’ll have to make quiche……mmmm. Thanks very much for suggesting ways to use this tin. Really appreciate.

@5 Star Foodie - Have fun baking, Natasha! :D

@Jen Cheung - Awww….thanks for your lovely comment, Jenn! :D I was trying to make a neat beautiful fan shape but it didn’t come out so well because of too much overlapping. I’m glad it still came out well :D Have a lovely weekend, too.

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Sinfully Spicy  on September 11th, 2010

wow…such a beautiful pie! looks perfect

Honeybeesweets  on September 11th, 2010

Lovely French apple pie! I know my daughter would love to eat this. :)

suituapui  on September 11th, 2010

Not a fan of apple pies - apple crumble with ice cream, ok…or anything with meat, cheese - pies, tarts, quiches… Yum! Yum! I’m a meat person. LOL!!!

Joanne  on September 11th, 2010

I have to say, I am unnaturally excited about apple pie season! This looks glorious!

penny aka jeroxie  on September 11th, 2010

Peaches… Love a nice peach pie… actually, cherries too!

Cheah  on September 11th, 2010

I’m having some very sour apples right now! Good idea to make this pie!

Light Delight with TouTou  on September 11th, 2010

Hi Mary, this is soooooo pretty!!! It is the season for apples, golden apples!! We have apple pie here too, I already can’t wait!

Mary  on September 11th, 2010

@Sinfully Spicy - Thanks very much! :D

@Honeybeesweets - Wow…your daughter has been well-trained! :D My daughter is just starting to learn….my fault…never made for her :(

@suituapui - You sound like a rich kid…LOL Just wait till one day when your wife starts to bake….your taste buds will change overnight…haha :D

@Joanne - Thanks very much, Joanne! I can understand your shopping style. You’ll probably buy lots of apples :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! Peach and cherry pie sounds excellent :D

@Cheah - My cheeks feel numb to hear that…haha. You are right….turn them to apple pie…..mmmm :D

@Light Delight with TouTou - Thanks very much, Tou Tou! Looks like you are going to be making lots of apple pies. Have fun baking! Make sure you have ice cream ready :D

Pepy @Indonesia Eats  on September 11th, 2010

I miss apple pie that was made by a lady who taught me how to make cinnamon buns. This is a great company with a cup of tea.

somewhere in singapore  on September 11th, 2010

Pls reserve a slice for me, keke…

Shirley@kokken69  on September 11th, 2010

This is lovely, Mary! Fit for a queen!

Jess @ Bakericious  on September 11th, 2010

Mary, I have a few baking equipments that nvr use b4 :P. The apple pie looks great!

Magic of Spice  on September 11th, 2010

Mary, you are so amazingly creative and I love that you are always exploring… This pie reminds me of my Grandmother and Great Grandmother and glories of my childhood :) This is beautiful and perfect! I do not bake other than a few dishes, but you are my inspiration to try new things :) I hope your weekend is wonderful :) Hugs, Alisha

pierre  on September 12th, 2010

Pate brisée is really good and is the perfect dough for apple pie !!Pierre

Janis  on September 12th, 2010

I am dying to try this. It is beautiful and sounds like it taste wonderful!

sippitysup  on September 12th, 2010

Congrats on a gorgeous Top 9. It even looks great from Hawaii! GREG

Cristina - Teenie Cakes  on September 12th, 2010

Beautiful looking pie, luv how you arranged the apples. May I borrow that adorable pie pan?! ;)

Angie's Recipes  on September 12th, 2010

The pie crust came out so smooth and nice. A very beautiful and delicious apple pie.

Karen  on September 12th, 2010

This pie makes me think of the apple pies my mom used to make with the apples from my uncle’s orchard. They were my favorite! Looks fantastic.

Ananda Rajashekar  on September 12th, 2010

ha ha Mary you got is right are many unused bake wares sleeping…..oh ya i would be more than happy to join you also since am in mood to hunt my treasure now lol and wat a lovely yum pie :)

Mary  on September 12th, 2010

@Pepy @Indonesia Eats - Like you I have missed a lot of good recipes in my earlier days. I think blogging is very good…keeps our recipes safe in one place and also easy reference :D

@somewhere in singapore - Of course! I save it in my tummy…hehe :P

@Shirley@kokken69 - Oh wow……now I feel like a queen after eating a huge slice! :D I must make everyday …hehe

@Jess @ Bakericious - Time to dig them out and use them. Join my fun, Jess! :D

@Magic of Spice - It’s always fun to explore and learn a new food :D I have never been having so much fun before. Should have started blogging much earlier! Wow…Alisha, you come from several generations of apple pie lover and baker!! I’m sure you bake apple pies excellently well, too….have to be in your genes! :D

@pierre - I’m proud to have learnt something French! :D

@Janis - Thanks very much, Janis! Have fun baking :D

@sippitysup - Awwww….thanks very much for congrats! It was a real surprise to me! I should bake more….hehe :D

@Cristina - Teenie Cakes - Thanks very much, Cristina! Of course you can but you have to come here….we have tea and apple pie first :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! Quite proud of myself :D

@Karen - I wish I have an apple orchard….will have apple pie everyday :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - Yes…BIG yes from me…join in the fun, Ananda! Would be so exciting to see your post! :D

Melanie  on September 12th, 2010

That’s a really cool pie mold! Make the pie look quite unique!

Sortachef  on September 12th, 2010

That is one gorgeous pie, Mary, and I love the tart pan, too. The whole thing - along with your beautiful post - has me smiling. Thanks!

Sidney  on September 13th, 2010

this looks great….

yummy koh  on September 13th, 2010

The apple pie looks great.

petite nyonya  on September 13th, 2010

another fantastic use of apples for me since i don’t fancy eating them as they are! lovely lovely tart!

Thas  on September 13th, 2010

Drool drool drool, this is such an easy recipe.

Mary  on September 14th, 2010

@Melanie - Thanks very much, Melanie! :D

@Sortachef - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

@Sidney - Thanks very much, Sidney! :D

@yummy koh - Thanks very much, Koh! :D

@petite nyonya - Thanks very much! Have fun baking :D

@Thas - Thanks very much, Thas! :D

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choohk  on September 15th, 2010

This looks so inviting, Mary…

Mary  on September 15th, 2010

@choohk - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

Gitte  on September 16th, 2010

This is a very beautiful Apple Pie, well done!!

FOODESSA  on September 18th, 2010

Mary…you’ve baked up quite a fabulous apple pie. I still haven’t made mine yet…this recipe is also very interesting.

My favorite pie filling would be blueberries and then apples ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

Mary  on September 19th, 2010

@Gitte - Thanks very much, Gitte! :D

@FOODESSA - I have not tried with blueberries. I would love to try that. Blueberries is so healthy. More desserts on the way :D

tasteofbeirut  on September 26th, 2010

It is such a pleasure to unearth gadgets long forgotten from kitchen cupboards! this pie tin is so pretty and allowed you to produce a very alluring pie, with the apple puree and slices on top!

Mary  on September 27th, 2010

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much, Joumana! I have lots more to discover…haha :D

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