5 ingredient Water & Sprite Pies

by Barry Lewis


1 ready made pie crust

350ml water – hot or cold or sprite

200g sugar

4tbsp plain flour

5tbsp butter, cold and grated

1tsp vanilla extract

For a while now i’d heard about a water pie, it’s something that originated in recipe books in the depression era, where people made what they could with the ingredients they had – hence with flour, sugar and water – you could make a pie! So, when I was asked to try Sprite pie (which was basically the same thing but with Sprite) I knew it was time to do them together! And you know what? … It’s actually not too bad!

The sprite and water do give slightly different tastes. The water more mild like a buttery custard like cookie vibe, but Sprite gives it a slightly sweeter caramelised edge.

Take the pie crust and place it on a baking tray. Mix the sugar and flour together in a bowl until well combined. Pour the water / sprite mixture into the base of the pie crust, make sure that it does not leak!

Slowly sprinkle in the sugar and flour, do not stir it, but scatter it all over the pie. Once done drizzle in the vanilla extract evenly, then sprinkle the butter around the top.

Bake for 30mins in an pre-heated to 400f/200c/180fan, then lower the oven to 375f/180c/160fan and bake for a further 30 minutes. Allow to cool fully, then chill in the fridge, slice when set!