How to Make Apple Pie, Apple Crumble, Apple Tarts and Mint Jelly

I've put together some simple apple recipes our family use to preserve and use up excess apples from the super-productive apple trees in our garden.

As you can see from the photographs here, when the apples are ready they simply drop from the tree on to the ground.

There are far too many to use, and inevitably the garden creatures - snails, slugs, birds etc all get their share.

However, there is still plenty left over to give away to friends and neighbours, as well as fill the freezer with tasty apple treats, desserts and chutneys.

It seems a shame to let them go to waste, when Mother Nature has worked so well to produce so many apples.

The apples in this article are Queen Victoria Royal Jubilee cooking apples.

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apples apples everywhere...
apples apples everywhere...
apples as far as the eye can see
apples as far as the eye can see

Apple Preparation

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collected appleswash applespeel applescore and slice applesstewed apples
collected apples
collected apples
wash apples
wash apples
peel apples
peel apples
core and slice apples
core and slice apples
stewed apples
stewed apples

Collect the apples. This can be done in batches so that it is less labor-intensive.

Place in a big bucket and wash under the kitchen tap.

Peel and core the apples, and cut them into thin slices.

They are then ready to be used.

Stew your sliced apples by placing them in a dish.

  • Add roughly 2oz of sugar to every 1lb of apples.
  • Bring to boil in microwave (after covering dish with microfilm).
  • Microwave on low for about 8 minutes.

Your stewed apples can now be frozen, eaten immediately (or within days if stored in refrigerator), or used as pie and crumble fillings.

Stewed apples can be served hot or cold and are lovely with custard, ice-cream or cream.

Here is a selection of simple apple recipes.

Apple Crumble Recipe

Apple mix

  • 2lbs peeled,cored and sliced apples
  • 4oz castor sugar, or 2 oz sugar and 2 oz sugar substitute (healthy option)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (if desired)

Crumble topping

  • 8oz plain flour
  • 4oz butter
  • 4oz sugar

Place apples in shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon (if desired).

To make the crumble, sieve flour into a mixing bowl, rub in the butter using fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs (or use a kitchen mixer to do the hard work for you) Stir in the sugar.

Sprinkle crumble mix over apples even and bake in preheated oven at Gas mark 4/180οC/350οF for 30 - 40 minutes until golden in color. Serve hot.

Baking an apple pie, step by step

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sieve the  flour into a bowladd the butter and rub in well, or use a food processor (mine is in a Kenwood Chef)blend until it resembles fine breadcrumbsadd the egg to bind the pastry mixtureroll on a floured surfaceroll into a round shape, then place in round pie plate. Trim edges.prick base all over with forkadd required amount of stewed applesroll out another round of pastryuse pastry brush to ad water round edges and place top of pie over dishuse fingers to join edges all the way round,and slice an air hole or two in the middle with a sharp knifebake in oven for half an hour until browned on top
sieve the  flour into a bowl
sieve the flour into a bowl
add the butter and rub in well, or use a food processor (mine is in a Kenwood Chef)
add the butter and rub in well, or use a food processor (mine is in a Kenwood Chef)
blend until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
blend until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
add the egg to bind the pastry mixture
add the egg to bind the pastry mixture
roll on a floured surface
roll on a floured surface
roll into a round shape, then place in round pie plate. Trim edges.
roll into a round shape, then place in round pie plate. Trim edges.
prick base all over with fork
prick base all over with fork
add required amount of stewed apples
add required amount of stewed apples
roll out another round of pastry
roll out another round of pastry
use pastry brush to ad water round edges and place top of pie over dish
use pastry brush to ad water round edges and place top of pie over dish
use fingers to join edges all the way round,and slice an air hole or two in the middle with a sharp knife
use fingers to join edges all the way round,and slice an air hole or two in the middle with a sharp knife
bake in oven for half an hour until browned on top
bake in oven for half an hour until browned on top

Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1lb plain flour, sieved
  • 10oz butter
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5oz castor sugar, sieved

Rub butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. This can be done in a food processor or mixer. Add beaten egg and mix well. Knead dough mix. Scatter flour on a clean kitchen workspace, and roll the dough mix with a rolling pin.

Cut off enough dough from your original mix to cover the bottom of a pie dish. Roll into a circle and place on dish. Trim edges, and prick all over the base with a fork.

Add enough cooked apple to half fill it, or to choice - you can fill it right to the brim if you wish.

Using a pastry brush, apply a little water to the edges to help the top stick. Roll out another circular section of pastry and place on top. Using your fore-finger and thumb, nip the top and bottom sections of pastry closed all the way round the edge.

Prick the centre of a the pie with a sharp knife.

Place in pre-heated oven Gas mark 6/200οC/400οF until it is browned on top.

How to Make Apple Tarts

Make the pastry up as in apple pie recipe above. Fill individual tart cases and make the same as above.


Apple Chutney Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3lbs cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 3lbs onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1lb sultanas or stoned raisins
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 ½lb demerara sugar
  • 1 pint malt vinegar

Place apples, onions and sultanas in a pan.

Grate the lemon rind, strain the juice and add both to pan. Bring to boil.

Reduce heat and simmer until mixture has a thick consistency, with no free liquid.

Pot up into jars and cover.

Makes approx. 4 lbs of chutney which is excellent with pork or poultry.

fallen apples on a soft carpet of grass clippings
fallen apples on a soft carpet of grass clippings
home made bottles and labelled mint jelly
home made bottles and labelled mint jelly

How to Make Mint Jelly

Ingredients:

  • 6lbs of cooking apples
  • 21/4 pints of water
  • bunch of fresh mint
  • 21/4 pints vinegar
  • sugar
  • 6 - 8 tablespoons chopped mint
  • green food color (optional)
  1. Wash, peel and roughly chop apples.
  2. Place in large pan with the water and bunch of mint and simmer until really soft and pulped.
  3. Add vinegar and boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain through a jelly cloth.
  5. Measure the extract and return to pan with 1lb of sugar for every pint of extract.
  6. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  7. Boil rapidly until a jel is obtained.
  8. Stir in the chopped mint and a few drops of coloring if used.
  9. Skim, pot and cover.

Mint jelly is delicious with lamb dishes.

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Comments 6 comments

Kenny 6 years ago

Thanks Izzy, more great recipe ideas.

Maybe as your sassenach cousin I can say what you can not, but a major use of apples in the UK is as apple sauce, the natural accompaniment to pork. It's a weird fact that I have never understood that pork is not a common, or popular, meat in Scotland (Ayrshire bacon notwithstanding).

After all, Scotland came under Scandinavian influence for centuries and there are more pigs than people in Denmark.

Anyway a few Bramley apples stewed to a pulp are are a delicicious additive to roast pork and the enzyme enclosed aids digestion.


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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

Actually I love roast pork and apple sauce. Guess I just forgot to put it here seeing as apple sauce is so simple and cheap to buy in the shops. That is interesting about the enzyme in the apple sauce to aid digestion. Thanks for that :)


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Your recipes sound quite tasty. I used to hate cooked apples and still don't like them if they are too sweet and mushy, but I'll bet I will like yours.


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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

If you prepare them yourself, you can add as much or as little sugar as you like :)


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Spider Girl 6 years ago from the Web

Wow Izzy, you're a real chef I must say, very easy-to-understand and yummy recipes out there, thanks for sharing :)


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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK Author

You're welcome :) Actually it's my dad that made the apple pies you can see being made in the photos here. They were delicious!

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