Sunday, April 10, 2011

Apple Pie

This is a simple recipe for a classic Apple Pie this is the second recipe for Apple Pie that i have tried and so far i like this one the best! But i am on a mission to make the BEST apple pie......for now though here is the recipe :P

Apple Pie
(serves 8)

1 and 3/4 cups of plain flour
1/3 cup self raising flour
1/4 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons custard powder
150g butter (chilled and chopped)
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons iced water

Pie filling
1.5 kg granny smith apples
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 tablespoon demerara sugar

1. Make Pastry Process flours, sugar, custard powder and butter until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk, vanilla and water. Process until dough comes together, adding extra water if necessary. Shape dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, peel, quarter and core apples. Cut into thin wedges. Place in a large saucepan and stir in cinnamon, caster sugar, lemon rind and lemon juice. Cook covered, over medium heat for 10 minutes or until apple is tender. stirring occasionally. Set aside for 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 180C . Grease a 4cm deep, 20cm round pie dish. Roll two thirds pastry between 2 sheets baking paper until large enough to line base and side of dish. Press pastry into dish. Using a slotted spoon, transfer apple to dish. Discard liquid.

4. Roll remaining pastry between 2 sheets baking paper until large enough to cover filling. Place over filling. Trim edge. Press edges to seal. Prick top of pie to let steam escape during cooking. Brush with egg and sprinkle with demerara sugar.

5. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes or until pastry is golden. Cover with foil if over browning occurs. Stand for 5 minutes and enjoy with ice-cream or cream :D

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