Sunday, November 18, 2012

Easiest Apple Pie Recipe Ever

Autumn means apple pie. I love the way it smells as it bakes and eating it warm with a cup of tea is one of the season's greatest pleasures. There are so many variations, but one of my favorites is the simple all-American apple pie. The kind in which a nice mound of cinnamony apples are blanketed by two layers of flaky pastry. Here is my easiest, quickest apple pie recipe ever. If pumpkin pie is not your thing this Thanksgiving, give this one a shot.

Easiest Apple Pie Recipe Ever
Serves 8

For the pastry:
125 butter
250g all-purpose flour
55g sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg
1 tbsp fizzy water

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor and pulse until the dough comes together in a ball. Wrap the dough in cling film and pop in the freezer for 15 minutes. Take the dough out of the freezer 5 minutes before rolling it out.

For the filling:
4 large cooking apples of your choice
2 tsps cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
2 tbsps brown sugar

breadcrumbs
1 egg, to glaze

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Divide the dough in two, making sure that one piece is just a little bigger than the other. The larger piece will be the base of your pie and the smaller piece will form the lid. Roll out your larger piece of dough on a floured surface and line the bottom of an 8 inch pie dish with this piece. Prick the entire surface with a fork and dust lightly with the breadcrumbs.
Mix all of the ingredients for the filling and fill the pie.
Roll out the smaller piece of dough and place it over the apple filling. Press the edges of the dough together to close the pie. Score the top of the pie with a sharp knife and brush with beaten egg.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until your dough is golden and the filling is bubbling.