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The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, have become national treasures over the years, travelling around and sharing delicious recipes. Known for their love of good food, their apple pie recipe is super simple to make with some unusual ingredients.

From The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, the recipe takes just 30 minutes to prepare.

It’ll also cook within 30 minutes and serves between four and six people.

The recipe notes said: “Deep-filled apple pie, with rich buttery pastry, orange juice soaked raisins plus a few top tips to make your pie perfect.”

The first step is to gather all of the ingredients.


For the pastry:

– 425g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 100g caster sugar

– 250g unsalted butter

– One large free-range egg, beaten

– Two free-range egg yolks

For the filling:

– 100g sultanas

– 1/2 orange, juice only

– One tbsp semolina flour

– Eight large Bramley apples, peeled, core removed, flesh finely sliced

– 100g golden caster sugar

– One tbsp ground cinnamon

– One free-range egg, beaten

– Clotted cream, to serve

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First step is to make the pastry. Start by blending the flour, salt, sugar and butter in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Then, gradually add the beaten egg as well as the egg yolks until smooth before bringing the dough together and chilling it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, grease a 20cm spring form cake tin with butter and add a small amount of flour to coat the sides.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius or Gas 4.

When the pastry has finished in the fridge, roll out two thirds of it onto a floured work surface, until it is almost twice as wide as the cake tin.

Using a rolling pin, lift the pastry and lay it over the cake tin to line the base and sides before gently pressing the pastry into the corners of the tin, trimming off any excess.

Cover the pastry with a sheet of greaseproof paper and fill it with rice or dried beans and bake it in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 170 degrees Celsius. 

Next step is to make the tasty filling. Start by placing the sultanas and orange juice in a bowl and leave it to soak for 30-40 minutes or until the sultanas are plump.

Sprinkle over the semolina flour over the base of the cooled pastry case and arrange half of the apple slices in a single layer on the base of the pastry case.

Scatter the apple layer with the sultanas and sprinkle over half of the caster sugar and cinnamon.

Repeat the process with the remaining apple slices to form another layer.

For the pastry lid, roll out the remaining one third of pastry onto a surface, until it is large enough to cover the cake tin.

Brush the lid with some beaten egg and trim off any excess pastry before sealing it with a fork.

With a knife, make two small holes in the middle to allow steam to escape.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.

To serve, slice the pie and transfer onto a serving plate before adding a portion of the clotted cream alongside.

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