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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Apple Pie

This is without a doubt the best apple pie recipe ever.  It isn't difficult and tastes incredible.

INGREDIENTS:

Pastry

4 cups plain flour
300g cold butter straight from the fridge, cut into cubes
6 tablespoons caster sugar
1/4 cup iced water (approximately)

Filling

10 x big apples - Granny Smith or Pink Lady
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice

METHOD:

Ok, I use my food processor here.  If you have one, use it.  So quick.  If not, you will need to hand rub the butter in to the flour and sugar until the entire mix is like fine breadcrumbs. 

 

If you do have a food processor, throw in the flour, butter and sugar and process on low until as breadcrumbs.
Slowly add little bits of cold water a little drizzle at a time.  Mixing in to the dry mix until it forms a good thick dough.

Gently knead your dough and wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for a bit.

While your dough is chilling, prepare your apple filling.

You will need to peel and core all 10 apples and slice them into nice fat slices.
Pop them into a microwave safe dish with about 1/2 cup water and microwave for 10 minutes.

Drain the water out of your apples and add the sugar, cinnamon and lemon.
Stir well.
If you want to speed up this step you can buy a couple of big cans of "pie apples" from the supermarket...Ardmona or even Woolworths Select brand are both fine.  You won't need to microwave them, just mix in the sugar, cinnamon and lemon.
 Get your dough out of the fridge and take off about 1/3 of it.  Put that aside, that will later be the lid of your pie.  Place the other 2/3 between two pieces of baking paper (or on a floured board) and roll until big enough to fit your pie dish.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 180oC till just cooked.

Carefully spoon your apples in to your pie shell.
Roll out your remaining dough and cover your pie.
Press with a fork or spoon around the edges.
Brush the entire pie with egg and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until top is browned.

Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream.

Apples not in season?  Delicious with peaches!


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