Monday, 31 August 2009
Apple pie recipe
It wouldn't be autumn without apple pie, and my recipe has been requested. I use a very simple one, nothing fancy. I made two yesterday, with apples from the garden.Windfalls are fine for this - just cut out any bruised or bad bits.
For a medium sized pie:
6oz plain flour
cold water to mix
10 or so smallish apples, depending on size
1 small egg, beaten
Make pastry by rubbing in butter to flour - it will be a bit sticky due to the high fat:flour ratio, but it makes for a much better pastry. Add just enough water to mix, and combine gently by hand. Turn on to floured board and divide into two. Roll one half to fit bottom of pie dish and place in, trimming the edges. Peel and core the apples, and slice directly into pastry shell, aiming for a little mound in the middle. Sprinkle with sugar to taste, and according to variety of apple - cooking apples will need a bit more than eating apple windfalls, which is what I used for these ones. Roll out rest of pastry for top of pie; wet edge of crust in dish with water and lay over the top. Seal with finger and thumb, then knock up the edges to give a good crusty finish (use the side of a knife horizontally all around teh edges of the pie where the top meets the bottom); make two small slits in the lid to allow steam to escape. Brush with beaten egg, sprinkle with more sugar and bake in a hot oven until golden brown.
Can be frozen either before or after baking; I always bake mine first, then they just need a gentle re-heating when needed.
Posted by MrsL at 09:00