Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Apple Pie

This didn't turn out the way I'd wanted it to. It was my first attempt at making pie from scratch (- which means no cheating with the base!) and I didn't really know what to expect. It didn't turn out badly, just, lumpy. I reflect that it might be from a few things:
1. I didn't refrigerate the dough for 20 to 30 minutes which was vital for the dough to harden and bind.
2. I didn't have 1.5 kg apples and used less.

So this is what happened: the dough was so soft that it fell apart before I could put it into the pie tin. And because there was less apples than required, it was a rather lame, lumpy looking pie.
Thank goodness it tasted fine because it was KK Tuesday. And Tuesday is a mini family reunion at G's place. Everyone comes back from where they are have gather round the family table to catch up. It's a rather nice atmosphere. Full of stories, laughter, jokes, silly things and always makes me feel a little less homesick. :)


Apple Pie ( serves 8 )
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Ingredients:

For Pastry:

  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150g butter, cold and chopped into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • an egg yoke
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp sugar

For Pie Filling

  • 1.5Kg Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-6 Cloves (whole) or 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 level tbsp plain flour

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Method:
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For Pastry

  1. Sift flours, sugar, butter and salt into a mixing bowl.
  2. Rub the butter and flour with finger until combined.
  3. Add egg and water mixing quickly into dough.
  4. Press the mixture together with hands.
  5. Knead lightly with a little extra flour.
  6. Set aside and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For Pie Filling

  1. Peel, core and slice apples.
  2. Place apples into a large saucepan with water and cloves (or cinnamon).
  3. Cover and simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Shake the pan occasionally until apples are tender, not soft.
  5. Drain the excess liquid. Set apples aside to cool.
  6. When cool, remove the cloves.
  7. In a bowl, mix the apples with the sugar and flour.

To Assemble:

  1. Preheat the oven at 190C (375F).
  2. Divide the pastry into two-thirds and one-third.
  3. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry on a lightly floured surface until 3mm thick.
  4. Place it in a shallow 22cm pie tin.
  5. Fill with the apples.
  6. Brush the milk on the edges of the pastry
  7. Roll out the remaining pastry to fit over the top of the pie.
  8. With the fork (dusted in flour), press the edges of the pie to seal firmly.
  9. Cut the excess pastry with a knife.
  10. Brush the top of the pie with the egg yoke and sprinkle with sugar.
  11. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

3 comments:

Mochachocolata Rita said...

oh gosh...i havent made a pie from scratch...heck..i havent tried baking any pie at all!

this looks good enough for me...my failures are normally super hideous, i am afraid they'd scare people when i posted them ;)

Monkee said...

HAHA never be afraid to post up your 'super hideous' food. There's a huge foodie community to celebrate your successes and support your failures. That's the whole point of food blogging. :D

Margaret said...

This looks like a very homely apple pie - always very comforting.
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