Apple pie

Apple Pie

This is my favourite recipe for apple pie…

Ingredients:-

For the crust

  1. All purpose flour – 2 cups
  2. Salt – a generous pinch
  3. Powdered sugar – 2 tbsp
  4. Butter – 150 grams, frozen ( cut into small pieces)
  5. Ice water – 6 tbsp

For the filling

  1. Green apple – 4 numbers, chopped (I used Granny Smith apples)
  2. Powdered cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
  3. Brown sugar – 1/2 cup
  4. Water – 1 cup
  5. Bread crumbs – 3/4 cup ( I used raisin loaf slices)
  6. Cream cheese – 200 grams
  7. Milk – 1/2 cup
  8. Sugar – 4 tbsp
  9. Mixed fruit jam/ Pineapple jam – 2 tbsp
  10. Egg yolk – of one egg
  11. Whipping cream – 2 tsp

Method:-

  1. For the filling cook the apples adding water. I cooked them for 20 minutes & there was very little water left behind. Add the brown sugar, mix & cook further for 5 minutes. Finally stir in the bread crumbs & remove from heat. Grind the cream cheese adding the milk & sugar to a very smooth paste.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt &  powdered sugar. Add the chopped butter & rub the flour with the butter till the mixture resembles bread crumbs/ wetted Puttu podi. Add the ice water & knead it to a dough. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap & refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Take 3/4th of the dough ( refrigerate the remaining) & roll it out as thin as possible into a circle. Carefully transfer this to your pie dish. Prick here & there with a fork & bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 15 minutes.Place the apple filling over the baked crust; top up with the ground cheese paste. Apply the jam at a few places. Roll out the remaining dough into a circle & cut out strips from it to make a lattice top. Mix together the egg yolk & whipping cream; brush the top of the crust with this mixture.

To be baked

Bake this pie at 180C for 45 minutes / till golden. Remove the pie from the oven & let it rest for 30 minutes.

Source :- Lakshmi Nair, slightly modified

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