Apple and blueberry pie


  • 450g/1lb ready-made shortcrust pastry
  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • ½ lemon, zest and juice
  • 550g/1lb 3½oz Bramley apples
  • 25g/1oz butter, plus extra for greasing the moulds
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 150g/5¼oz blueberries
  • 1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • clotted cream, to serve

Preparation method

  1. Butter 6 x 7.5cm/3in dariole moulds (or a 22cm/9in ovenproof dish if you want to make one large pie).

  2. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry on a floured work surface using a rolling pin. With a pastry cutter the size of the dariole moulds, cut out six discs large enough to line the dariole moulds; line the bottom and sides of the buttered moulds with the pastry discs (or if making one pie, cut out a large circle of pastry to line the buttered dish). Transfer to the fridge to chill.

  3. Place the sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest into a bowl.

  4. Peel, quarter and core the apples, then slice them thickly into the bowl with the lemon and sugar. Mix together.

  5. Heat a pan over a medium heat. Add the apple mixture, the butter and the cinnamon (if using) and stew for 3-4 minutes. Add the blueberries and cook for a few more minutes, before removing from the heat to cool.

  6. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  7. Fill the pastry-lined dariole moulds or pie dish with the cooled apple and blueberry mixture.

  8. Roll out the remaining pastry on a floured work surface and cut out discs a little bigger than the dariole moulds or pie dish. Place the pastry on top of the the dariole moulds or pie dish and seal the edges well. Make a small hole in the top to allow the steam to escape.

  9. Make decorations (such as leaves) by cutting out any pastry trimmings with a sharp knife and stick them on with a little water. Brush the pastry lids with a little lightly beaten egg then dredge with caster sugar.

  10. Bake for 15 minutes, until the fruit is tender and the top is golden-brown. Serve hot with clotted cream

James Martin recipes from Sweet Baby James

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time


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