Fruit Pie (Apple or Berry)

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1 lb (400 g) fruit (apples or berries, your choice)

2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons sugar


Shortcrust pastry:

8 oz plain flour

2 oz lard (or your choice of vegetable fat)

2 oz butter

Cold Water and a pinch of salt

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1.   Combine the ingredients for your shortcrust pastry. Roll out the pastry 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) thick to the shape of the pie dish, allow to relax. Grease dish. Edge the rim of the pie dish with a strip of the pastry. Damp the rim first.

2.   Prepare the fruit. If using apples – peel, core and cut into small chunks. Heat the apples on the stove with a tablespoon of water to soften. If using berries, just wash. Place the fruit in a 1/2 liter (1 pint) pie dish.

3.   Add the sugar and water and the remainder of the fruit. Place a clove in the pie, if desired, or any other spices like cinnamon.

4.   Damp the edge of pastry.

5.   Carefully lay the top pastry on the dish without stretching it and firmly seal the rim of the pie. Cut off any surplus pastry.

  1.   Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  2.   Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in oven at 450-475 F degrees (230-250 C) for about 10 minutes.

8.   Reduce heat and continue cooking for a further 30 minutes. If the pastry colors too quickly, cover with a sheet of paper.


***You can also make individual pies! Bake for 25 minutes.

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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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