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Easy Sweet Pastry Pies

Updated on October 10, 2016
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Elsie has been cooking for sixty years and has many recipes. I'm sharing some with you, some are my mothers recipes, hope you enjoy baking.

Slice Apple Pie


Shortcrust Pastry is easy to make for Sweet Pastry Pies

The smell of a pie baking in the kitchen immediately gives you the feelings of comfort and joy.

A spiced plum, port and apple pie have knocked the classic meat pie off its perch, beating out a record 4,400 entries to take out the coveted title of the country's top pie in the 2011 Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards.

Check it out in the above link.

Shortcrust pastry is the easiest type of pastry to make for pies.

Sweet filling options may contain cottage cheese, or fruits like apple, plums or various berries like boysenberry, blackberries, blueberries or even rhubarb (one of my favorites).

Pie Crust Recipe: From Scratch: Mom's Best Pie Dough

Apple pie

225 grams (8 oz) sweet shortcrust pastry (Recipe below)

30 grams (1 oz) butter, melted

milk or water

2 teaspoons sugar


4 to 6 granny smith apples

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons standard plain flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

APPLE FILLING: Peel, core and slice the apples.

Combine sugar, flour and cloves.

Toss apples in this mixture.

On a lightly floured board roll out pastry slightly larger than a 20 cm (8 in) pie plate.

Cut two 2.5 cm (1in) wide strips long enough to go around the edge of the pie plate.

Brush with water.

Spoon apple filling into the centre of pie plate.

Pour butter over the filling.

Cover with remaining pastry.

Press edges firmly together to seal.

Cut steam holes in the centre of the pastry.

Trim and crimp edges.

Decorate pie with any pastry trimmings.

Brush lightly with milk or water.

Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 200c (400F) for 25 minutes or until pastry is golden.

Test with a skewer if the apple is cooked.

If not, reduce oven temperature to 180c (350F) and cook until apple is tender.

Serves 6


Pie Recipe Books

Having a recipe book for making pies is a great idea, but the hardest part is the pastry, once you have learnt how to master that it is easy to make a pie or tart if you have fruit available, but then again you can always buy the pastry crust which isn't as nice, I don't think, not once you have had home-made..

You can try making a sweet pastry pie from just about any fruit, have it made for summer dessert by cooling the crust and adding jellies, custard, fruit tinned or fresh and that all important ingredient whipped cream, so many ways of making a sweet pie, it is never ending, or just a hot apple pie or something I like very much is Rhubarb and Apple little pies with a crisp crumble on the top of them, with ice cream, yummy.

Apple Pie Recipe: From Scratch: How To Make Homemade Apple Pie!

How to Put Pie Crust in Pan

Fruit Pies

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Blackberry Pie


Sweet shortcrust pastry

1 cup standard plain flour, 250 grams (4 oz)

85 grams ( 3 oz) butter

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon water


Sift flour. Cut in butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in sugar. Add egg yolk and water.

Mix to a stiff dough.

Chill for 30 mins before using.

Use as required for sweet pies and tarts.

makes about 400 grams ( 14 -16 ozs, 1 lb).

How to make a lattice top pie crust

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Do You Make Fruit Pies Or Buy Them

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    • esmonaco profile image

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      There is certainly nothing like a good homemade apple pie, Thanks :)

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to make but now when we have to watch our sugar intake, I don't anymore.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks for the visit and comment. Lattice top pie crust is very attractive on a pie.

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      6 years ago

      My mother used to make lattice top pie crusts, so lovely!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I buy my fruit pies, although I will make pumpkin or custard pies.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      @RhondaAlbom: That's nice two visits and nice comments, plus blessing, I have a smile on my face now.

      Thank you, hope you had a great time overseas. Happy days.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yummy! That apple pie looks amazing! Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Wish I had time to make them

    • casquid profile image


      7 years ago

      I tend to like home made pies. Recently learned to make successful pie crust. Thank you!

    • jdwheeler profile image


      7 years ago

      So delicious looking. Reminds me of somethings that June Cleaver would make.

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      7 years ago

      If only mum knew ho to make apple apple pies :D

    • whats4dinner profile image


      7 years ago

      Sometimes I make them myself and sometimes I buy them.

    • Rangoon House profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      A wonderful short crust pastry recipe - thank you. Easter Blessings again.

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      7 years ago

      I have to buy them, I don't bake as well as I eat. Cheers.

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      7 years ago

      Well, I did happen to buy a Dutch Apple pie for Thanksgiving, but really prefer to make them myself.

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      7 years ago

      buy them cos my mum doesn't know how to make them :D Apple-pie all the way!

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We generally buy them these days, although we don't have them often as they are fattening. My Mum used to make wonderful pastry and amazing pies, I still miss them.

    • APackageAtTheDoor profile image


      7 years ago

      We make them when we can, otherwise we buy them. Nice loking pies, thanks!


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