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UK Cityslicker anafaro: Grandma Blue's Apple Pie

To honor the memory of my grandmother, who has recently passed away, I wanted to share with you her apple pie recipe. Truly divine!

My lovely granny passed away this month. She was 92 years old and died the same way she lived: in a quiet way, surrounded by love and admiration.

My grandma Blue, last year when we took a day trip to Arrabida, Portugal.

My grandma was an amazing woman, who inspired me a great deal. She was small and quiet, but fierce and determined. And she had the most amazing bright blue eyes – hence her nickname ‘Blue’. In my mind my grandma’s house would always have the smell of caramelized sugar and she would always have the sent of freshly backed cookies.
To honor her memory, I wanted to share with you her favorite recipe and probably one of my fondest childhood food memories – her amazing apple pie!

Photo by elletra

She was always very generous and happy to share her recipes and her cooking secrets, but somehow when other people tries baking her apple pie it never ever tastes as good as hers. I guess the most important ingredient – her wizard hands – will always be missing from all those other pies…

For the shortcrust pastry

  • 250g of soft plain flour (for baking)
  • 150g of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1-4 tablespoons of chilled water

1) It is very important to keep the ingredients as cold as possible. Because she lived in a very warm country, my granny used to place the flour and bowl in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before starting.
2) Mix well the flour, the backing powder and the sugar in a large clean bowl. Add the egg and the butter. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm. Add the ice-cold water to blend everything.
3) Wrap the dough in Clingfilm and let it sit for up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

For the filling

  • 700g of apples
  • 250g of sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Lemon juice

1) Peel, core, and quarter the apples. Sprinkle the lemon juice, just to prevent oxidation of the apples.
2) Melt the butter in a saucepan, in slow fire.
3) Add the sugar while stirring immediately to prevent the formation of clumps.
4) Add the 5 egg yolks and stir well. Simmer for a while, while stirring, until the sauce has a rich consistency to it.

In the meanwhile remove the pastry from the refrigerator and let it sit until it’s at room temperature.
When the sauce is ready, roll out the pastry dough in a clean and dry surface, lightly dusted with flour. Do the same with the rolling pin. Roll out the dough to the thickness of your choice.
Coat your pie dish with a thin layer of butter and flour and cover it with the pastry.
Fill it with the apple slices.
Cover everything with the sauce.
Bake it in slow oven for 1h30min.

Photo by daitita

I hope your pies turn out as yummy as the one my grandma used to make for me… even though I think most likely they wont. To me her apple pie always tasted of so much more that just an apple pie: it would always brings me back to those days when I was just a young kid and the world was a warm place smelling like freshly backed cookies…

To honor my Grandma Blue, here are some of the best pictures of the most beautiful grannies in the community.

written by anafaro


  1. anafaro


    Thanks to @elletra for the lovely pie picture. Thanks to @daitita, @juditto, @gotoarizona, @artichekt, @craigy_p, @trippy_jo, @asia_archive, @macstef, @sophiak, @ulyanenko, @eloisee, @puly, @lereile, @dave9000, @metlevi, @fmadera, @orangebird, @cubilas, @lauscheppa, @lemmie, @mephisto19, and @aml1995 for the amazing pictures of the most lovely grannies!

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  2. anafaro


    Thanks to @elletra for the lovely pie picture. Thanks to @daitita, @juditto, @gotoarizona, @artichekt, @craigy_p, trippy_jo, @asia_archive, @macstef, @sophiak, @ulyanenko, @eloisee, @puly, @lereile, @dave9000, @metlevi, @fmadera, @orangebird, @cubilas, @lauscheppa, @lemmie, @mephisto19, and @aml1995 for the amazing pictures of the most lovely grannies!

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  3. daitita


    Una bonita forma de recordarla. Un saludo y gracias : )

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  4. artichekt


    Yessss!!! This one is a really nice article!! I love it!!! Thank you!! :-)
    BTW... I'm gonna visit my 99 year old grandma - who moved to Berlin at the age of 96 because life was too boring in the small town - really soon! Grandmas rock!!!

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  5. neanderthalis


    Thank you for sharing your story and recipe. I miss my grandmother's pies. On the weekend we would pick the ripe fruit of the season together on the farm in the morning and the fruit pies would be ready by the evening meal. My favorite were her cherry or blackberry pies. I have never tasted any pie like them since.

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  6. orangebird


    Great! I love this blog ;)

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  7. macstef


    great blog!! I will try this pie!

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  8. elletra


    I'm sorry for your loss and I think this was a great way to honor the memory of your granny! I'll have to try her recipe! :)

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  9. blanches_nickelodeon


    Lovely article. It is funny how you remember the smell of your grandparents house. The distinctive smells from my granny's house were brown toast and Ralgex.

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