Hot apple pie with a big dollop of jersey cream says winter comfort food like little else. This is one you will make time and time again. Making apple pie is as therapeutic as it is delicious so set aside the time, get your mind right and the process of making apple pie will put a smile on your face long before you taste it.
What you need
250g cake flour
pinch of salt
140g cold cubed butter
4 Red or yellow apples
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Place the flour, salt and butter butter into a food processor and blend until it reaches a bredcrumb looking stage. Add the water and blend to a dough.
remove it from the processor and place in the fridge while you make the filling.
Slice the apples fairly thin and add to a pan with the butter, allow the butter to melt. Add brown sugar and caster sugar to taste, add the cinnamon and cook over a low heat until all of the sugar has dissolved. taste and sugar if needed. ensure that each piece of apple is nicely coated with the sweet syrupy mixture.
Remove from the heat.
Now get the pastry from the fridge, divide it in 2 and roll it out quite thin. Cover the bottom and sides of the dish with the 1 half of the pastry. Spoon in the apples evenly. You can pour a little of the sauce over the apples but not too much as it will leak out as it bakes.
Roll out the other half of the pastry, cover and cut off any excess pastry. Cut 4 slits into the top of the pie, brush with some well beaten egg and bake for 30 minutes at 200 Celsius or until the top is golden brown and the cinnamon smells are working on you.
Serve with thick cream.
Here is an apple crumble recipe that uses a bit os passion fruit. Try it.