Homemade Irishstyle Apple & Clove Pie

Racquel Sweeney


Every woman in Ireland knows her Mothers apple pie recipe, this recipe is passed down through generation after generation.
I been making apple pie since I was ten years old helping my grandmother and my own mum in the kitchen, in some families it's a secret they would not tell any one outside the family.
There is nothing nicer than walking into a traditional Irish kitchen and smelling the wonderful aroma of freshly baking apple pie.
Except that is a slice of apple pie straight out of the oven with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. Hope you like and enjoy...and shooosh!! it's a secret.....

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15 Min
35 Min


200 g
selfraising flour
100 g
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp
icing sugar
150 g
4 Tbsp


6 medium
ordinary eating apples(e.g i used gala irish apples or granny smiths whatever you have)
1/4 c
caster sugar
1/2 tsp
ground clove
1 tsp


egg( with a pinch of salt in it)
sprinkle of caster sugar for top of apple pie

How to Make Homemade Irishstyle Apple & Clove Pie


  • 1Pre-heat oven to 190c/375f, grease a 7inch pie tin.
  • 2Shift flour, cornflour, salt, and icing sugar into a bowl. Using your finger tips rub in butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs .
  • 3Add enough of milk to form a firm dough.
    knead slightly to smooth out the dough
  • 4Roll out half the dough on to a lightly floured surface and use to line the pie tin.
  • 5Place a sheet of greaseproof paper over pastry that is in the pie tin with baking beans to blind bake for 10 minutes.
    Once done set aside a prepare the apples.
  • 6Peel, core, and slice the apples and place into a pan, over medium heat with teaspoon of water.
    Mix together the ground cloves with the sugar ,add to the pan with apples .
    Cook the apples until they are soft, remove from heat.
  • 7Place the cooked apples into the baked pastry shell.
  • 8Roll out remaining dough, use it to cover the apple pie.
    Moistening the edges with the egg glaze to seal the lid.
    With a rolling pin lightly roll it over the edges of apple pie to trim off the ends.
  • 9The trimmings roll back up again and make a decoration for top of apple pie.
    I always make an apple with two leafs on either side just how I was shown by my Grandmother and my own Mother.
  • 10Cut a vent in the top of pie and brush with egg glaze and sprinkle with little caster.
    Place the apple pie into a pre-heated oven at 190c/375f for 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden.
  • 11Serve with Custard or ice-cream. My favourite is a dollop of plain old whipped fresh cream .
  • 12This is one of my apples trees down my back garden, i have three in total ,my husband planted two of them five years ago and an other one three years ago . One for each of my sons ,still have to plant one more for my fourth son he's still only a baby....anyway out of the three apple trees one tree only produce one apple this year compared to last year there was a good few apples on all three tree. This is it, i didn't have the heart to pick it.... PS. any gardeners among us that could tell me , why this has happened am so curious to find out.... :)

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About Homemade Irishstyle Apple & Clove Pie

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Irish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Collection: A+ Apple Pie
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom
Hashtags: #pie, #apples cloves