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


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.... :)

About this Recipe

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