10 June 2009
Easy Peasy Apple Pie
I've got two lovely friends coming over today so I'm making an apple pie.
I turn my oven on to 150 degrees Celsius to preheat.
I gather about eight or ten of our beautiful apples, some cooking, some eating.
I peel them then cut them into smallish pieces.
I put them in a pan with a splash of water, three tablespoons of sticky brown sugar and the zest of half a lemon. Often I'll throw in a handful of currants or sultanas as well.
Then I turn the stove on and simmer them gently until the apples are tender.
While the filling is cooking I start the pastry.
I put 225g plain flour, 80g sugar, 140g butter and the finely grated rind of one lemon into the Magimix. I mix them for half a minute and then add a small splash of water and the yolk of one egg.
I allow it to completely combine in the mixer then turn it out onto a floured bench.
I grease my pie tin and divide the dough into two.
I roll out one half until it is the size of the pie tin and gently lift it in so it covers the bottom and comes right up the sides.
I pop the other half on top and place them in the fridge.
When the filling has softened and is completely cool and the pastry has rested, I spoon the mixture into the pastry filled tin and pack it in.
The other dough ball is then rolled out and placed over the top.
If it tears I just patch it up.
I pinch the edges together, make some cuts in the lid and decorate it.
Then paint it with an egg wash made of an egg yolk and a splash of milk whisked together.
Then it is time to put it in the oven for the next 40 to 60 minutes.
It is ready when it is golden brown.
They are going to love it......................................if it lasts that long!