Beach Cottage Easy French Apple Pie

Wed 18th, Apr, 2012

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G’day Beach Cottage ladies, easy apple pie today for you, for me, for anyone that cares to listen, come on down.

 oh dear, having to issue a Beach Cottage Ramble Alert today, hold on ladies, memories of babies and French hotels coming up

So, if you get the Beach Cottage Newsletter and are part of our little club, you will know that, at the moment, not only am I consumed by black skinny jeans, I am cooking a lot, it has much to do with being indoors with Barley until he has his next lot of vaccinations and a lot to do with me hugging my camera close to my bod, playing with the light and constantly foofing food around…it’s become a kinda hobby of mine….next stop a quilt I am making, rather like the Eb & Ive one on the back of my sofa…however this one will be put together by me…


Anyway, this Beach Cottage friends, near, far or wherever you happen to be while reading this…on the bus….is pure Beach Cottage recipe heaven…and by that I mean that this is a recipe that makes you look excruciatingly competent when you really did little more than slicing up some apples… yah, really!


Think you can handle that?  Oh you certainly can, because not only is it ever-so-jaw-droppingly simple, it also tastes like you just stepped off a plane and landed in the middle of Paris…now I know for certain that for many of you that is so far off the radar that a recipe to give you that is your only option….I know it is for me the only way I will be transported to Paris in the near future…

I have been to Paris quite a few times, as I may, or may not have mentioned here on this little blog broadcasting from deep Down Under, before….do I love France, errrm that is in the affirmative, do I wish it were still a small hop over a small bit of water, definitely, would I swap that convenience for living in my old cottage on the beaches under the Australian sun, certainly not.  That’s how much I love it here.  Even though I can actually buy French cheese that’s taken a big journey on a cold plane, it’s not the same.



So, and yes, I am gonna start rambling, this reminded me of a trip we took to Paris when we had one baby, we had been away for the weekend and Paris was the stopping off point on the way back to England…we had driven a long way and needed an overnighter…sometimes we just drove straight through but this one we had decided to do some Paris stuff too…

And so from England, in the days before you hopped online in an instant and booked virtually we looked for little hotels on the outskirts of Paris, we had a skinny little white and green booklet with all the overnight hotels in France listed by region…we didn’t want somewhere flashy in Paris, or touristy and wanted to stay somewhere real and we had found a chain of hotels in France that suited us quite nicely and always had great restaurants attached with simple home style French food (and by that I mean awesome simple French food).

So we found one, booked that and had our trip further down into France and were on our way slowly home…

It had gotten later into the evening and we were lost trying to find the hotel and were deep in the heart of working class Paris after going around and around the same roads for a while….picture a couple of young Brits with a number plate advertising where they were from, with the girl doing the navigating, the baby getting antsy, a paper map spread out across the dashboard and a boy trying to read and drive at the same time and you will get the picture.

So we find it eventually, sigh, do a u-turn and pull up in the car park.


It’s rough.

We discuss whether our car will be there in the morning.   We decide by the people and other cars (couples getting out fairly dressed up as if for an occasion)  that it’s actually not too rough, it just looks rough because it’s night-time and we are in working class Paris.

We check in, all is good, room is exactly what we suspected, no frills, clean, small and just right.


We feed the baby, get him settled in buggy (that baby was a master at sleeping in that thing) and headed down to the restaurant.  Where we were greeted with a place absolutely heaving with people, noisy, busy and the smells were like heaven on earth.

Every table was chock full and alongside in a sort of function room was a wedding, we looked at the man on reception with hopeful eyes and I asked him in French (no English here) for a table….his eyes shot up and he shook his head, I bet he was thinking stupid English tourists…. and then he looked at the baby, who by that stage was fat and fed and absolutely soundo, tucked up in a blanket and snoozing for all of England.

And all of a sudden he waved and flicked and fussed and people came from nowhere with a teeny tiny little cafe table…it appeared from the back and we were squashed in by the door to the kitchen…

The place could, really, have come right out of a film set from a dodgy French film…red gingham table cloths, flowers in old wine bottles and the kinda cheesy modern art posters that you only get when you see the real France, complete with those black 80′s high back chairs with padded seats, but of courese waitresses seriously into the job of serving food and the food highly thought of.


A tablecloth was flicked on our little table, Honeymoon baby was skillfully tucked in beside us, a bottle of the best house wine was delivered and all was good.

Oh and the food!  Probably about the same price as a sandwich in Sydney or London for a three course meal with house wine – it was nothing fancy, but we talk about that little overnight stay every now and then….it was, really, the start of my journey with cooking…not trying to be something fancy, but more cooking easy simple food well.

I don’t remember the main course, and the menu was all in French but for starters we had what was essentially a Prawn Cocktail…and whenever I have seen a prawn cocktail ever since I have smiled to myself, because the name alone can make one shudder….but deep in the depths of Paris, in a real hotel, this was outstanding….it wasn’t some horrid little prawn with tomato ketchup on it but perfect seafood and lettuce that I will never taste lettuce like again and a dressing that does not come in a jar.

And what followed was apple pie, not this apple pie that I am giving you here, I wouldn’t even put myself anywhere near the same league as the food I ate that night, but it was just like apple pie that melted in your mouth with each and every bite, I am more than aware that it would not have been made with frozen puff pastry and that, it was quite possible, that the apples had been skillfully chosen to hit the spot.

And so yes, we had been lost in France, we were definitely in love, there was real French food and the best apple pie.

Which leads me, my lovelies, to this.   A girl, a million miles from that one I am talking about above, playing around with a camera, some puff pastry, a few apples, a camera and some butter…


So, we’ve always called this French Apple Pie, a frenchman might faint at at that, I dunno, but it tastes good…

I got this from a book years ago, I can’t remember which one – here’s how I do it, it’s the alternative to Beach Cottage Dump & Go Pudding, uses simple ingredients and is very everyday to make but far from everyday to eat



Beach Cottage

Easy Apple Pie

1 x sheet frozen Puff Pastry

2tbsp butter

1 to 2tbsp caster sugar (I use vanilla sugar)

1 to 2 apples thinly slice

1 tsp milk

1. take  a sheet of puff pastry and score with a knife about 1cm in

2. very thinly slice an apple & arrange on the inner centre of the pastry

3. dot the apple with butter

4. sprinkle with sugar

5.  brush scored outside edge with milk

6. bake high 190C 15 mins or until browned

serve for afternoon tea or with a big dollop of double cream for dessert


Beach Cottage recipe notes *  this recipe serves four as a small dessert, I will usually make two of these   ** I used one apple for the one here b/c I baked it for afternoon tea – you can easily add two or more and layer just ensure the apple is very thinly sliced so it cooks  ** you can add a heap more butter and sugar and I have seen some recipes online with more….this of course is as to your taste, I like it with a hint of butter, sugar and pastry, apple as the main flavours  **individual ones of these make for a very nice dessert if you are having friends over, just cut the pastry and score accordingly



I hope you enjoy this ladies, it’s frenchy super easy apple pie via an old cottage on Sydney’s beaches…



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Bake it and think of a little English family lost in Paris ;-)



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41 Responses to “Beach Cottage Easy French Apple Pie”

  1. Surely Sarah says:

    My husband absoutely adores apple pie… I sure could win some brownie points making him this! What a great simple receipe, thanks!

  2. Suzanne says:

    You have some lovely stroies that you share wth us!! Love a BC ramble!!

  3. Melinda says:

    Yes to this, I love the lightness – good at any time of year. I make something similar and add a sprinkle of ground almonds/hazelnuts underneath and then a couple of nuts on top, for extra crunch etc.

    Delicious and really enjoyed your story of origin – I too would not give up Australia but do wish I could sometimes be transported to France just for the day ………. hmmmm

    Lovely photos – how are you getting so much light into them – it cant just be the skylight surely ? xx

  4. Alice says:

    Yum, we (meaning hubby since he is the apple pie lover) make something almost identicle to this in our home… Goes down well in this kind of weather ….What struck me most about your story (only because I am seriously botherd by the sentiment that seems to be shared by so many of my genration) how nice of the guy was to accomodate you all even though the place was full after taking a look at you and your baby… I am 90% sure it would not have happened here sad to say… I am quickly discovering that there is growing dislike for children (and groups of mothers) to be banned from everywhere… Cafes, restaurants I have even read that there are now kid free flights! It saddens me that this is the sentiment my children have to grow up with…Personally i haven’t experienced anything negative yet(probably because I have become a hermit who can’t leave her cave since having kids) but I know of people who have…
    Ohh… We mix some (lots) of cinnamon with our sugar before sprinkling… Love your rambles by the way…

  5. Kim Buca says:

    looks good and simple too love it also loved the 40 garlic chicken whoile family looooved it!!!! it is a keeeper

  6. we make this also. it’s so easy and yummy but sure does look impressive. i LOVE recipes like that! LOL.
    enjoy your home days with Barley and your camera. sounds good and the weather is horrible out anyway.

  7. Bec says:

    On this cold rainy day in Sydney, I feel like I have been transported to Paris…thank you Sarah just what I needed x

  8. the freckled minx says:

    Super dooper easy – thanks Sarah. I’ve just popped the first one in the oven for dessert and can’t wait to try it with a dollop of cream…….B:)

    • the freckled minx says:

      Gobble, gobble, gobble – that was the sound of all that Frenchy goodness being consumed. I’m now officially in love with this dessert for both it’s flavours and beautiful simplicity – thanks Sarah. I definitely be making this again……B:)

  9. rebecca says:

    oh why did you have to post such a scrumptious recipe on the week I’ve decided to detox and start back running… ? hmm maybe I’ll stick this on my fridge to make as a reward Sunday night…

  10. samantha says:

    I’m getting fat reading your blog! :-) I just can’t use up the calories like I use to….looks lovely, and your photos are fab too….

  11. Hotly Spiced says:

    What beautiful photography. I love the look of our apple tart – very French!

  12. Nicole W says:

    Love your little French story..! I love your ramblings! I also make this French apple pie, so easy & quick & smells divine! try it also with a sprinkle of cinnamon with the sugar.. Delish!!

  13. Selby says:

    Yum! Perfect for a cold day:)

  14. Rukmini Roy says:

    yummmm. :) I’m a sugar addict and I love pies. I have never made French apple pies though. I’ll give this a try :)

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  16. Delicious…I make a similar one…love the way it makes the house smell!

  17. Claire says:

    Yummo Sarah, thanks for this easy peasy recipe! I lived in France for some time during my studies and it’s so true that the simplest food can be the best. Plus they know how to stop and eat properly at lunchtime, which we aren’t very good at here in Old Blighty. I remember walking round an open air antiques fair one day at lunchtime and seeing all the stall holders had abandoned their wares in favour of big group lunches (with wine of course) at trestle tables erected at the back of their stalls. It took me all the time I was in France to get used to the shops being closed at lunchtime. For sure that never happens now in the UK… Food for thought maybe?!

  18. Would they notice if I left work to go home and make this? I’m sure my 120, grade 8′s would be fine by themselves C:

    We both have France on the brain today, I’m featuring pissadiere.

  19. Karen Newton says:

    Where did you find the Mother cream bottle? I want one!!!

  20. Susan says:

    Love your story Sarah. Felt like I was sitting in the cafe with you! I’m not much of a baker but you have made this sound so simple that I believe even I can do it. Thank you for sharing….you’re bringing smiles all the way to Huntington Beach California. (my beachy paradise)

  21. Nadine says:

    Sarah, if the apple pie you make evokes memories of Paris then it is indeed a French Apple Pie, nuf said. Oh yes, I want one of those cream bottles too. Where did it come from?

  22. Sarah says:

    That looks such easy and impressive dish and we will all think if your meal in Paris as we make it. I loved the story,it was wonderful.

  23. Susan @ Afford Your Passions says:

    Love the story but had to grimace at the mention of prawns with ketchup on them. Who does that to prawns????

    Your pie looks lovely – I might need to try that myself one day!

  24. Glennie says:

    One word … yum

  25. Oooh, love this! Looks delish. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedciatedHouse

  26. Deanne says:

    OOOH I love that little bowl in the last photo! Where did you get it?

  27. Selby says:

    Forgot to say yesterday your stories n ramblings are just as pretty as your photos and as charming:) xx

  28. Rebecca says:

    Great story, Sarah. I also make this apple pie/tart, the only difference is that I spread the pastry with a smear of applesauce or pureed apple (you can use a tin of baby food apple) before I layer the thin apple slices and I add a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Haven’t made it in ages though, you’ve inspired me to give it another go!

  29. A great story for a dreary rainy day here in VA. I’ll have to try your version of the apple pie. Thanks so much for taking me back to Paris! I so…enjoyed my time there as well as England many years ago.

  30. Tiff says:

    Thanks for the trip to Paris. I’ve always wanted to go to that type of Paris – not the touristy one, but the one that locals enjoy. Yum to the pie too. That’s one method I use a lot, even for “pizza”.

  31. Kerri says:

    Oh I just LOVE apple pie but unfortunately my husband doesn’t like apples so we never have it BUT this little recipe looks so simple I am making it just for me this weekend (my kids are gluten free so no pastry for them- bugger will have to eat it all myself).
    Also loved reading your story of Paris……have never been so must live vicariously through others.
    Thanks for sharing both your story and the recipe :)

  32. alison says:

    Ahhh, another ramble. Love them.


  33. Kris says:

    Just popped back in to get this recipe, making it tonight as we have unexpected ( but very welcome) guests, main course was easy as I aleady had a big pot of home grown, home made pumpkin soup and some 3,2,1 dampers on the go. Now going to throw a bit of frenchy apple pie in the oven ,, Thank you ever so much Sarah xxx

  34. Yum! Sarah, just made this with Banana as well. BEAUTIFUL! x

  35. kerrie says:

    This looks too easy and is something I have never made! I don’t come by simple, home cooking/baking of recipes I haven’t tried very often. I think I will add some blueberries when I try it. I love blueberry apple pie and crisp. yum …love your lil latte bowl..adorableness.

  36. Audrey says:

    That looks pretty French to me… and I’m from there :) Our trick back home is to “puree” an apple or half (proper word is to make a “compote”) and spread it on the rolled out pastry, then we lay the slices of apple on top. It hads a bit of moisture, it’s pretty delicious!

  37. Wow, this looks delicious! Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts! Haven’t made it for so long.. Must try soon!

  38. Un excelente clásico te ha quedado estupendo…absolutamente irresistible me encanta,abrazos yhugs,hugs.