An Irish Apple Tart on a Plate

""Every woman in Ireland knows her mother’s Apple Pie Recipe; this recipe is passed down through generation after generation and in some families it is so secret they would not dare tell anyone outside the family. There is nothing nicer than walking into a traditional Irish kitchen and smelling the wonderful aroma of freshly baking Apple Pie except that is a slice of freshly baked Apple Pie straight out of the oven topped with home made custard or cream." Recipe from Sorcha Dhonnchaidh who was born and raised in Ireland. Graduated from university Sorcha spends her spare time traveling Ireland and learning local traditions. She is well known for her story telling and loves to share old folklore tales with anyone who will listen."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
1 pie




  • Mix the flour and salt in a bowl then using your finger tips rub in the butter or margarine and the lard or shortening until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add enough of the cold water to form firm dough.
  • Roll out ¾ of the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line an oven proof plate.
  • Cover with the apples and place in the cloves and sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar.
  • Roll out the remaining pastry and use to cover the pie moistening the edges to seal the lid.
  • Flute the edges and decorate with the trimmings of the pastry.
  • Cut a vent in the top of the pie and brush the top with milk.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C/400°F gas mark 6 for about 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden.
  • Serve with custard or cream.

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  1. We loved the simplicity and rusticness of this apple tart. I am not much of a baker, but even I got this easy pastry right on the first try. I did love getting my hands into it. My husband claims it is best still warm from the oven. I told him that is what a microwave is for. Every piece is warm from the "oven."
  2. A bit sweeter than we normally have though I only used 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and to make the pastry I used all butter and did in the food processor making it a quick pie to make since the apples did not have to be cooked but unfortunatly I did end up biting on one of the cloves which is not a pleasant experience so if making again would ground the cloves up but overall was enjoyed. Thank you Annacia made for Rookies tag game.
  3. For this tart I used fresh fallen apples (quite acid) and I added one more tablespoon sugar to them. I followed the recipe and baked as described.<br/>I wondered as I had to put the whole cloves in it but it came really perfect and delicious!<br/>I served this warm as dessert as it was baking while we were eating.<br/>All were so happy with it, that they didn't want some custard or cream.<br/>I will have to make more soon...I have apples enought!



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