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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

apple pie

This is my apple pie recipe, I probably only make it once or twice a year- we don't eat a lot of dessert but usually during winter I have a craving for things like self saucing puddings, crumbles and pies.

This recipe comes from a cookbook that is an old favourite, it is in a magazine style so has long since lost its cover.

Apple Pie
2 C plain flour
1/4 t baking powder
125g butter cubed
1T sugar
1 egg
3-4 T cold water

6 green apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 C castor sugar
1 T cornflour
juice and rind of 1 lemon
1/4 t mixed spice
extra sugar

Put flour, butter, and baking powder together into your food processor and process until it resembles breadcrumbs add sugar and egg while processor is still running then slowly pour in cold water. stop when it starts to form a ball. Take out and need lightly before wrapping in plastic wrap and putting into the fridge for 15-20 minutes. (while this is in the fridge I peel and slice the apples). Divide dough into two pieces one slightly larger than the other. Roll out the larger piece to fit a 23cm pie plate. Put into greased pie plate and press down. Refrigerate.

Put apples with the sugar into a bowl. Blend cornflour with lemon juice to form a smooth paste. Mix in rind (I don't always add the rind if you want it sweeter leave it out) and spice. Pour over the apples and toss to coat.

To finish:
Pile mixture into pastry case. Roll out remaining pastry to cover top. brush edge of pie with milk. Place pastry over the top and press down edges with a fork or the back of a spoon. Cut a slit in the top with a sharp knife for an air vent. Brush pastry over the top and sprinkle on extra sugar.
Bake in a hot oven 200 C for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 180C and bake for a further 25 minutes. Serve warm or cold with cream or ice cream.

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