Friday Food : Irish Apple Pie

Well tomorrow is the big day. Do you have your green outfits picked out? Are you looking forward to kegs & eggs? Maybe you’re just gonna put green food coloring in everything all day? Well, if you’re looking for something to go with all the green beers, potatoes, shamrock shakes and ham, may I suggest pie? If you didn’t already get your fill this past Wednesday.

What makes this pie Irish? Really, I do not know, and I bet people will probably have pies with Baileys or creme treats, but since I am sharing this at a drug and alcohol treatment center perhaps I better stick to the Granny Smiths. Besides, isn’t everyone and everything Irish on St Patty’s?

Irish Apple Pie

What you will need

  • 4 cups flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • cold water
  • 2lb (appx 4) cooking, tart apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • milk
  • Cream or custard for topping
  • Green food coloring


  1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
  3. Using your finger tips add butter and shortening until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Add enough of the cold water to form dough.
  5. Roll out ¾ of the dough onto a lightly floured surface
  6. Line an 8 inch pie plate.
  7. Cover with the apples.
  8. Sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar.
  9. Roll out remaining dough and use to cover the pie.
  10. Pinch the edges and decorate with any trimmings from left over dough.
  11. Cut vents in the top and brush with milk.
  12. Bake about 30 minutes or until the pie is golden.
  13. Serve with custard or cream.
  14. Add green coloring to topping for added spirit!


I used 2 Granny Smith apples 1 Pink Lady and 1 Braeburn. I chose apples on the more tart side to off set the cinnamon and sugar.

It took a lot of water for me to get the dough right, but it might form quicker for you. Watch how much water you add.

The next time I make this…and there will be a next time…I might try adding some sugar & spice directly in the crust. It’s surprisingly not dry, but it is bland compared to all the various flavors in the filling and topping.

I really have no other comments. It was a quick and fun pie to make, and did not involve items of too high a cost. Great for sharing.

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

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