How to make the tastiest Apple Pie
October sees an abundance of Apples, most just go to waste and rot back into the ground but I always make a few Apple pies out of the windfalls. You can even stick them in the freezer. We eat apple pies throughout the year but we seem to eat them more throughout the colder months.
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This recipe is the one that my Grandad and I used to make which was his mother's recipe that she used to use with her mother. My favourite kinds of recipes are those with history.
For the pastry
410g plain flour (you will need extra for rolling)
3 tbsp caster sugar
250g cold butter
1 egg beaten plus 1 egg to brush over the pastry
For the filling
4 large cooking apples (Peeled, cored and sliced)
115g caster sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp nutmeg
Preheat the oven to gas 6 / 200C / 180 fan.
From my experience, leave the filling until the last second or you will end up with brown apples.
Place the flour and sugar into a bowl and rub until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. I use a pastry cutter I got from amazon, but you can just use your finger tips. add the beaten egg until it forms a dough.
Lightly flour your surface and roll out your dough. (I usually make two pies from this mix) Portion the dough so you have a base and a top. lightly flour your pie dish and then place your pie base in the dish.
Combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornflour, gIve it a quick stir to combine then stir in the apples until they are coated evenly. Now you can start putting your filling into the pie base.
Once you have filled your pie, roll out the lid and then lightly brush egg around the pie base to seal the pie, place the lid on and then, using a fork, press down to form your crust. Brush with egg to give it a golden finish. Sprinkle a little sugar on top. You can decorate if you want to. I usually just do either leaves or an apple out of leftover pastry.
Place into the preheated oven for around 25 minutes or until golden. Enjoy.
Now we have a debate in this house, some eat apple pie with custard some have a scoop of ice cream. What will you have?
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