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Thursday, May 6, 2010

apple pie

I am looking at the sound/letter "a" with the littles ones at the moment, so it was logical to make an apple pie.
I have used this recipe for years and have never felt the need to look for another. 
It is easy to make the pastry in the food processor and the apples don't need to be precooked.
But I have recently seen a recipe for a deep dish apple pie and I am keen to try this now.
I am sure my apple pie expert B4 will be there to lend a hand, in fact except for cutting up the apples he made most of this pie, including rolling out the pastry.

 Apple Pie
2 C plain flour
1/4t baking powder
125g butter cubed
1T sugar
1 egg
3-4 T cold water (out of the fridge)

Put flour, baking powder and butter into the food processor and wizz until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add sugar and egg and wizz again.
While processor is still going pour in the water, a little at a time until a soft dough forms.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
Divide into two pieces (make one slightly larger for the base)
Roll out larger piece on a lightly floured surface to fit a 23cm pie dish.
Ease into greased dish and refrigerate.

6-8 green apples peeled cored and sliced
1/2 C castor sugar
1T cornflour
rind and juice 1 lemon
1/4 t mixed spice

Combine apples and sugar in bowl
Blend cornflour with lemon juice to form a smooth paste. 
Mix in rind and spice.
Pour over apples.
Toss to coat.
Pile mixture into pastry case.
Roll out remaining pastry to cover top.
Brush edge of pie with some milk or beaten egg, place pastry on top and press to seal edges.
Trim and decorate edges of pie.
Cut a slit in the top for an air vent.
Decorate top of pie if desired, we put an "a" and an apple on ours.
Brush with milk or egg and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 200C for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 180C for a further 25 minutes.
Serve hot or cold with cream or ice cream.

Oops did you notice - I started to cut the pie before taking the photo!


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