Saturday, March 5, 2011

Apple Pie

In the early weeks of our arrival in US, I happened to pick up an aluminum foil cake pan from the grocery store. Back home, I realized it was a pie crust instead. So I put it away and forgot all about for several months. I remembered it during one of my conversations with my professor  at a party and asked her what to do with it. She suggested baking it with some fruit filling. Just to experiment, I filled the pie crust with some sliced apples mixed with cinnamon and brown sugar and baked it. It was delicious.  But the crust did not impress me much. I wondered whether I could make my own crust. I happened to see Alton brown demonstrate the making of apple pie on  ‘Food network' channel. Finally I had what I had been looking for. I tried the homemade crust which impressed my hubby. 

Apple pie is a dessert generally made from apples and pastry. It is usually double-crust pie, the upper crust of which may be a disk shaped crust or a pastry lattice woven of strips; exceptions are deep-dish apple pie with top crust only, and open-faced as in Tarte Tatin. Apples used could be fresh, canned or dried. There are slight variations as seen in American, British, Dutch and Swedish versions.

The crumbly crust combined with the sweet apple sensation created by the vinegar and cinnamon coating makes it irresistible. It sure is a delicious way to enjoy apples. As this is one of the few desserts that my hubby dear looks forward to, I  bake it very often. A slice of this pie with a cup of tea makes our evenings extremely relaxing after a day's work.

Pie Crust
All-purpose flour-2cups
Sugar-1 tbsp
Salt-a pinch
Ice water-6tbsp

Pie Filling
Apples-3 (I used golden delicious)
Lemon juice-2 tbsp
Flour-2 Tbsp
Cinnamon-1/2 Tsp
Salt-a pinch
Apple Cider Vinegar-1 Tbsp

Mix flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut in butter little by little. Sprinkle ice water and mix the dough until crumbly. Wrap it tightly in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 mins.  In the meantime make the pie filling. 

Peel, core and slice the apples. Soak them in water mixed with lemon juice. This will prevent the apples from changing color. Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and vinegar in bowl and mix them well. To this add drained apple slices and combine nicely. 

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Take out the dough from the refrigerator and divide it into two equal halves. Roll one of the balls until its 1/8th of an inch thick. Fold it in half, lift and place in your pie pan (I have used a 7 inch pan here). Shape it to fit the inside of the pan. Fill it up with the spiced apple mixture. Roll out the remaining pie dough and place cover the top. Shape the edges, and cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Wrap the edges of the pie with aluminum foil. This will prevent the edges from burning. Bake the pie for 40 mins. After that remove the foil and brush the top with milk. Put it back in the oven for another 10 mins.

Cool, slice and enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream/ice cream of your choice or just as it is…like me. If kept refrigerated, it keeps up to a week.

1. You can add up to 12tbsps of butter or equal ratio of butter and vegetable shortening.
2. To make the filling richer, add butter slices on top of the filling before placing the top
3. You can add your favorite apples. If using granny smith apples use more sugar in the
    filling as it is slightly more acidic.
4. You could create a pattern around the edge of the pie using the back of a knife or fork 
    to make it more attractive.
5. You can sprinkle some sugar on top when you brush it with milk. Egg white can also be
    used for brushing.


Yummy Team said...

Enikku pie athra eshtamalla..Pakshe this looks delicious..Thanks for the step pics..Ennelum try cheythu nokkam..

Suja Sugathan said...

Never tried making pie at home..this looks wonderful,kandittu kothiyavunnu

masti said...

loli....ithellam ottakku undaaki angu kazhikkuvaaanooo.....

superdaaaaa....ithu enthayalum try chythitte ullu.....

കല്യാണിക്കുട്ടി said...

njaan try cheythu.... ente pakshe ithra perfect aayilla :( May be next time... Njaan enthaayaalum onnoode try cheyyum! Sambhavam nalla taste undu

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