Absolutely delicious Apple Shortcake from my Grandma, so incredibly simple, you will love this one!
I was blessed to know my wonderful Grandma into my early 20′s until she passed from Cancer. She was a Wife to a Sheep Farmer, a Mother to seven, a Grandma to 21 and by now would be a Great Grandma to lots & lots of Great Grandchildren!
And of course a very good baker.
She was very special to me and some of the fondest memories I have of her are baking and preparing meals for her family & grandchildren and I am delighted to have many of her recipes, passed on by my Mum who was her eldest daughter.
This recipe is incredibly simple, believe me! Making the pastry is quick and easy, you simply need to chill the dough to ensure it is ready to roll out and create the perfect soft crust you have come to love in a shortcake.
The filling I use is simply canned apple pie filling, but you can easily used a homemade apple pie filling – this one is lovely – Apple Pie Filling
Once you have chilled the dough you simply roll out some of it to form the base of the slice. I like to use a glass bottomed dish so that I can make sure the bottom of the pie is browned. However use what you have.
I like to add cinnamon and sugar on top of the base also, however if you have included this in your pie filling leave this step out. Then you simply add your apple pie filling then cover with the remaining dough.
Finally you pierce the top of the pie with a fork and bake until golden brown, at this stage I check the bottom of the shortcake through the glass base, however if using a standard slice tin if the top is golden brown you will be fine.
Allow to cool in the dish to make it easier to slice. A top tip is to not store this in an airtight container, it will go soft. I tend to leave mine out overnight in the dish I made it in covered in a tea towel and it is perfect the next day. You are welcome of course to store it in an airtight container in the fridge but it may go mushy!
This is such a yummy recipe – so light and really easy to make. It is one of my favourites and I am sure it will become one of yours too!
If you love the look of this one be sure to check out this recipe as a pie – same ingredients, served with ice cream or cream it is a divine dessert
Grandma’s Apple Pie
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I love this recipe, I make it so often for my husband. I make it with tinned plums, halved with a small sprinkle of raw brown sugar over the plums, and instead of rolling out dough on top (or patterns) I just pop a layer of that dough crumbled – so you can still see the deep purple Doris plums underneath. It’s a winner this recipe, thanks so much!
What a wonderful idea, thank you so much for sharing that. Sounds delicious
Amazing recipe! I also used the stewed apple recipe as my tree is going insane. Made a double batch and it was super easy. Have lots to be able to isolating friends and family x
Turned out perfectly, looked like apple slice from the bakery but tasted better ??
This is delicious and oh so easy to make! Even my young adult son loves it and often requests it.
Lovely to hear, thank you for your feedback.
Haven’t tried it yet but it smells amazing. I’ve just pulled it out of the oven. The pastry was very short though and very hard to transfer without breaking up into pieces.
I am a sucker for apple desserts, which is just as well because we always seem to have an over abundance of apples, I am looking forward to trying this one! <3
Hi making this tomorrow you bake the base before putting on the apples then the top and bake again to cook the top slightly. My nana made this it was super soft to eat but still held together Thats how she did it i think what do you think 🙂
Hi, we bake the whole thing together, till its golden brown top and bottom (why I sometimes use a glass dish) and it’s delicious ? If you try the other way let me know how it goes! ?
Thanks and cool i will try it tomorrow the chessey muffins are delish made them today they were a treat to my friend from canada, YUm mite go eat one now 🙂
Wonderful! Let me know how you get on and glad you liked the muffins! 😀
Love your recipe…..but i can’t find alot of the ingredients that you use 🙁
Cream of tartar for example, what could i use to replace it?
Good question! You can remove the baking soda and cream of tarter and replace with 3 teaspoons of baking powder. It can slightly change the final product but I do this often and rarely notice! ?
My mum made apple shortcake often as a Sunday treat she didn’t have a recipe but this is the closest I have found
I’m so pleased you’ve found this recipe, I just love it ?
Barbara Stephens says
Thank you Annie for the recipe, will be looking forward to more Cheers.
Barbara Stephens says
Thank you Annie will be looking forward to more Great recipes. Yum Yum.
If I were to use fresh Apple’s what would the preparation process be and what quantities? Thank you
Hi Kerry, thank you for your question. There are two options, you can simply thinly slice some uncooked apples and lay them on the pastry with the sugar, cinnamon mix over the top. Or if you wish to prepare stewed apple I would follow this basic guideline, approx. 5 apples, a mix of types or cooking apples great, peel & slice or dice apples, then add to a saucepan with 3 Tablespoons of sugar and a little water (tsp) to stop the apples burning and sticking to the pot. Begin to gently heat the apples for approx. 4-5 minutes until they begin to soften – you do not want the apples to become too wet for this recipe. Then once cooled add them to the pastry – you can store this apple mixture in the fridge for up to a week. Hope this helps! Anna 🙂
Lauren @ Create bake make says
I love family recipes, they always taste better 🙂 Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays x
Nikki @ The Kids Menu says
What an awesome dessert! Your grandma sounds like she was a really cool lady–it seems like grandmas always have the best recipes :).
This looks wonderful. My hubby loves apple pies with ice cream. Thanks for sharing it on The Yuck Stops Here! recipe link up.
Just a Mum says
Thanks Erlene – it is such an easy recipe – so so tasty – one piece is never enough! 🙂
sounds so yummy grt for my visitors in the weekend. Great other recipes, glad I found this site, thk u!!
Just a Mum says
Thank you Annie – this is always very popular wherever I take it 🙂 Let me know how you get on 🙂
This sounds perfect!
claudia eva says
i would like it as a shortcake and as a apple pie. yum yum.icecream or cream your favourite.
Yum! That would be wonderful!