Kate’s apple pie

Where did you spend Christmas? Did you yearn for a white christmas where there was snow and cool weather?

I headed for the complete opposite. Traveling north with my family to visit Uncle and Aunt in Darwin. We didn’t fly though, we drove more than 3,000kms through outback Queensland and Northern Territory to reach the Top End by Christmas Eve.

It was an experience! I was in the back of the car with Mum and Dad in the front, I felt like I was 15-years-old again. The scenery was amazing with some of the biggest skies I have ever seen.

Santa was kind to us for Christmas with many recipe books left under the tree! One of the books my cousin Kate received was the classic Commonsense Cookery Book.  We took the classic recipe and altered it slightly for our own take on the apple pie. We changed the ingredients due to the humidity in the Northern Territory. If you’ve never been there in summer the weather is hot with really high humidity…not the best place to make pastry!

But we did it! Successfully and with no pie left in the dish after our family got to it.

This recipe has fool proof pastry, tried and tested in the Top End!

Kate’s apple pie


2 cups plain flour

pinch of salt

160g cold butter

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbspn milk


One tin of pie apple 

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter

½ tsp all spice

1 tbsp lemon rind

  1. Sift flour and salt into a bowl, take butter (cut into cubes) and rub with fingertips until mixture looks like breadcrumbs
  2. Add sugar and mix followed by a tablespoon of milk. If the mixture isn’t coming together add a tablespoon of cold water 
  3. Mix together with your hands to form a ball. Wrap in cling wrap and place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes
  4. Prepare filling by pouring apples into a saucepan. Add cinnamon, all spice and butter and mix together. Allow to bubble then add lemon rind, cook until soft then take off heat.
  5. Divide pastry into two. Roll (between sheets of baking paper) one ball of pastry out on a floured bench to the size of pie dish. Roll around the pin and place over the dish, pressing into the dish. Cut any excess pastry away from the dish
  6. Fill dish with cooked apples
  7. Roll the second ball of pastry out into a circle to cover the pie dish. Place on-top and brush pie with milk and sprinkle with sugar
  8. Use a fork to seal the outside of the dish and pierce the centre to allow steam to escape while baking
  9. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (conventional) 160 (fan forced) and bake for 30 – 40 minutes until golden brown
  10. Eat with vanilla ice-cream or thickened cream and enjoy! 

Newbie song: Wild Fire – John Mayer. I’m not one to usually rave on about John Mayer but I heard this track the other day and can’t get it out of my head. Moving to the hills must be doing good things for him and his songwriting!

Oldie song: 1,2,3,4 – Fiest. Not a really old song but nearly 5-years-old now. The Canadian singer songwriter makes me wish I could pen a good tune!

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