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When life gives you apples – an applepie recipe you can’t miss

I LOVE cooking and I’d like to believe that I am a good cook. I can make a meal out of nothing and I can present some impressive snacks for friends coming over unexpected late at night for beers or wine and some chatting. It’s not just that I m good, I enjoy it!!! But when it comes to desserts things change. I don’t like the stiffness of sweet recipes, all the measurements and special tools and details, it’s not my style. I like creating things not just reproducing them. I like mixing flavors, adding textures, in other words…kitchen is a playground for me not a place to follow rules.

As a good hostess I had to find a solution to this as I could never host the perfect dinner party without presenting a dessert of my own. Good news is that scrappy pastry exists and people like me can enjoy the procedure of making a perfectly decent dessert for dinner parties or a brunch with friends. This apple-pie recipe is one of my favorite easy – scrappy recipes for two reasons, 1. everybody loves apple-pie and 2. it’s a great way to use the apples from that fruit basket that don’t look so good any more for eating.  – I hate wasting things like food or energy. Recycling is good but we must learn to use wisely our resources before it becomes a waste to recycle….but that’s another story so back to our recipe.-

Here’s what you’ll need……


Ingredients for the crumbled dough

  • 4 cups of self raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 250gr/half pound(1/2) butter (normal size stick of butter in room temp.)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs


Ingredients for the apple filling

  • 4-5 big apples (any kind you like, mixed is better)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar (you can add some more if you like)
  • 1 tea spoon of grounded cinnamon
  • 1 organic lemon zest and juice
  • 1 shot of brandy





  1. Mix flour with salt and in other bowl mix sugar and butter just using a  pastry spoon.
  2. Μαke a hole on your flour and add the 2 eggs and the butter-sugar mix and work with hands until you create a dough – don’t overwork your dough as you don’t want butter to melt out of it.
  3. Cover dough in cling film and let it rest in your freezer for 20 minutes
  4. Shred you apples and place in a bowl with all the other ingredients (lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and brandy) mix them and let them rest.
  5. Take your dough out of the freezer and cut it two pieces (one a bit bigger than the other). Butter the surface of a baking tray and crumble on it the bigger piece of dough. With your hands pressing gently spread it evenly in your baking tray to create your base.
  6. Add the apple filling and spread evenly
  7. Crumble or shred the rest of the dough on top of the filling making sure it covers all surface.
  8. Bake in preheated oven in 175C/350F for 45 to 50 minutes.



I love this recipe, it always comes out delicious with very basic ingredients and using nothing but a bowl to mix and a baking tray to bake. No mixers no weird measuring no fancy tools. You can accompany this tart-like apple pie with some ice-cream (vanilla preferably) or just by sprinkling some sugar and cinnamon on top.

applepie served2

Now that I think of it there are many more reasons why I love this recipe. It’s not just easy and delicious, it’s also a healthy choice for dessert and it doesn’t cost you much. With the minimum effort you serve 12 portions of a descent homemade dessert which also happens to be one of the most popular in the world

Give it a try and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do 😉



9 thoughts on “When life gives you apples – an applepie recipe you can’t miss

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I also enjoy being creative in the kitchen and think I’m a decent cook, but my attempts at baking always end in failure, haha. This looks easy and delicious.

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