Blackberry and Apple pie!

Warning: This a somewhat difficult recipe, especially to beginners. Although I found it fun to make, I got worried it wouldn’t work a few times. I turned out well although my grandad reckons I needed more sugar and I agree with him, the blackberries are more bitter than I had expected.

You will need:

  • sweet shortcrust pastry. Click here for my recipe –> Sweet Shortcrust Pastry  😀 (Possibly need to make 2 lots)
  • 400g cooking apples, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 100g fresh blackberries (washed)
  • At LEAST 35g caster sugar I would go up to 45g if I were you. First day It was bitter but the day after It wasn’t.
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon


1. Roll out pastry on a floured surface and fit into a pie dish, Blind bake at Gas mark 5/190*C/ 375*F for 20 minutes, then bake normally for a further 10 minutes. Leave to cool.

2. Put the apples in a bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. Take it out and add the blackberries, sugar and cinnamon. Mix well.

3. Don’t drain, put put all the mixture in the pie base. Use any extra (or make more pastry) to make the top. Picture below for the design I went for. Brush top with egg to help brown nicely.

4. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown, leave to cool for 30 minutes. Serve with custard. ENJOY!!! MWA!! >:D




Corn Bread

I’ve made this a couple times and both times its been liked, its also great bird food as well!! Pretty simple recipe, but the first time I somehow mixed up the cornmeal with cornstarch and if it wasn’t for my nan coming in at the right time it wouldn’t have turned out well.


You will need:

  • 55g butter
  • 240ml milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 180g cornmeal
  • 120g plain flour
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


1. In a pan, melt the butter.

2. In a separate bowl, beat together the milk, egg and butter with a fork until well beaten. Preheat oven gas mark 6/ 400*F/ 200*C. Grease a 9 inch square cake pan.

3. all at once, add the rest of the ingredients and stir just until combined, it should be VERY lumpy.

4. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until skewer comes out clean and golden brown. Enjoy!