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Apple Coconut Vanilla Lattice Pie

Apple Coconut Lattice Pie

When it comes to buying fruit, I always give preference to fruit that originate from a nearer country - local farmers produce being the perfect option of course. In January, when supermarkets run out of Latvian apples, I choose Polish because they look the worst. I mean, you will never convince me that apples that keep until May are actually edible. No no no. So, while I’m always tempted to buy some of those crisp, green, glossy Granny Smiths, I opt for the slightly bruised, smaller apples from Poland.

Red apples

Bruised apple

If you take a look at these apples I brought from Slovakia, you will notice that they are imperfect. Their shape isn’t perfectly round, their colour isn’t perfectly even, their skins are bruised. These are real apples from Stano’s Grandmother. And I had to use them up urgently while they still were juicy and firm. And I had a block of margarine that also needed to be used up. So I started with these two ingredients, whipped up a flaky and a not too sweet dough, and tossed the apples with freshly scraped vanilla seeds (you can’t always use cinnamon with apples after all). Something else was missing. A layer of creamy and sweet coconut paste! Somehow I’ve never thought of pairing apples and coconut in a cake before, but surprisingly, they made a gorgeous couple! The sweet smell coming from the kitchen warmed up the chilly August evening, and the fact Stano had two (!!) pieces of the pie made me think it was pretty good. Of course he said he would have preferred it without coconut (he always chooses the right words, you know), but he ate it! So, let me introduce you my first lattice pie - you will notice that the lattice pattern isn’t perfect either, I made an error at a certain point, but this didn’t make the pie taste any worse. I love it the way it is. And the lattice - I will certainly do it the right way next time.

Apple Coconut Vanilla Lattice Pie



- Crust:
200g margarine, softened
1 egg
2 1/2 cup AP flour
4 tbsp whipping cream
4 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp home-made vanilla sugar
Pinch of baking soda

- Apple filling:
8 medium-sized apples, peeled and cored
1/2 cup sugar or less if using a sweet variety of apples
Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean, freshly scraped
1 tbsp starch (we use potato starch here)

- Coconut filling:
1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp AP flour

Rub margarine with sugar and vanilla sugar. Beat in the egg and cream. Add flour and baking soda and knead the dough until smooth. Allow to chill.

Preheat oven to 180C.

Cut the apples into fine cubes (I used a potato cutter). Toss them with vanilla seeds, sugar, and starch. Set aside.

Combine coconut, sugar, flour, and whipping cream, and stir until well-blended.

To make lattice crust, I suggest following the instructions at Simply Recipes. I divided the dough into two slightly unequal parts however, and used the bigger part for the pie shell and the smaller part for the top crust. Spread coconut filling over the pie shell and then fill the shell with apple filling. Then, top the pie with lattice crust.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Apple Coconut Vanilla Lattice Pie

Apple Coconut Lattice Pie Closeup

Apple Coconut Lattice Pie Closeup

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49 Responses

  1. Wowww, that first photo especially is just perfection! Coconut is one of my all time favourite flavours and im on a massive pie kick at the moment so this looks beyond wonderful. Im especially tempted to try out that coconut filling…gorgeous recipe!

  2. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the delicious recipe, try out some healthy and tasty recipes at Four Green Steps website!

  3. Amanda says:

    wow!!!! it’s sooo pretty! did you make the recipe up by yourself?

    • Alina says:

      Thank you Amanda :-* Well yes… I made up the recipe by myself. I’ve also tried a coconut-free version of it (it turned out Stano didn’t enjoy the coconut… rrr) - adding 2 more apples, some nutmeg, zest from a small lemon and a drizzle of honey! Was good as well!

      • Amanda says:

        I have a question - I try to make up my own recipes, but I find it really hard to keep track of how much of each ingredient I use. Especially when I add a tablespoon of this spice, and then I decided to add a few more pinches of it. How do you keep track of your ingredients?

        • Alina says:

          Well I usually do it in two rounds - first time I just write down every step (like 1.added a tbsp of spice 2.added an extra pinch of spice) and next time as I cook the same dish I try to round this up to, say, a heaping tablespoon - and take notes again. Anyway, most times I’m not satisfied with the first result, so I do some tweaking to the initial recipe… this pie came out well at first attempt though.

  4. Miss Frangipane says:

    These apples look like the ones I enjoyed so much in Bratislava!!! They were the best apples I’ve ever had. I haven’t been able to find them in U.S. :( Do you know which variety they are?

    • Alina says:

      Wow really? Stano couldn’t tell which variety this is, but I will try to remember to ask his Mom when we talk on Skype next time. We have similar varieties here in Latvia, perhaps I should write a separate post about this some day! My favourites are late autumn apples - their scent is the most intense!

  5. I just got a basket of pears from my aunts tree. My favourites are the ones that look all gnarly and weird. They always taste the best. I think I’ll substitute her pears for the apples in this recipe, I hope it works out as beautifully as yours!

  6. This looks SO yummy! The combination of coconut and apple sounds so interesting - love it! :)

    • Paidi says:

      All wonderfully full of life, love and betauy .as always! She is an adorable little thing for sure!!! I am always amazed with bright blue eyes on children as I am always staring into the black one’s of my own! All sunning! Great job Sis!

  7. Apple and coconut are pretty interesting combinations, they give a very filling texture that tastes really great! Love it! :)

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