Almost a year ago, I made my first apple pie for Ben’s grandad’s birthday. It went down a treat, although I was concerned how it would turn out. Ben even said it was the BEST apple pie he’s ever had! Wowzers! As always I never follow a recipe. I get bits from here and there and change up my quantities. Since then I’ve even had it requested by others for birthdays!
I’m sharing it now as I made it again for Ben’s birthday dinner party last night.
So here is my recipe to create this delicious dessert:
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1 Tsp Sugar
1/4 Cup Cold Water
6 Granny Smith Apples (Peeled, Sliced and Cored)
3 Tbs Flour
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Tbs Cinnamon
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Step 1. Place flour and sugar into the food processor and mix before adding the butter. Keep mixing until it turns into coarse crumbs.
Step 2. Slowly add the ice water until the mixture gathers into a dough ball. (You can add a little more water if needed)
Step 3. Place a large strip of glad wrap on the bench, then take the dough and spread it out into a disc. Put another layer of glad wrap over the top and place in the fridge over night. If you do not have the time, 30 minutes should suffice.
Step 4. When ready, leave the plastic wrap on both sides and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out flat. (The plastic wrap stops it sticking to the rolling pin).
Step 5. Lightly grease a 20cm (base measurement) round spring cake tin and place dough inside and mould to the edges to make a nice base. Cut excess dough off around the top of the tin and save. This will be the dough for your top lattice work.
Step 6. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the prepared apples into a large bowl and set aside.
Step 7. In a saucepan, melt butter over high heat. Add flour and mix well. It should form a paste. Add brown and white sugar, water, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Then mix well and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for another minute.
Step 8. Let mixture slightly cool for a few minutes before pouring it into the large bowl with the apples. Mix well.
Step 9. Pour apple and mixture into prepared pie crust evenly.
Step 10. Roll remaining pastry mixture out and cut long strips. Layer to create a lattice design of your choosing.
Step 11. Place aluminium foil loosely over the pie and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
Step 12. Reduce the heat to 180°C and bake for 40 minutes.
Step 13. Remove the aluminium foil and turn the oven back to 200°C to brown the top crust. Check to see the crust is a golden brown and the apples are soft.