There is nothing better than home made apple pie, why is it that I can’t remember having ever eaten a slice until this year. The kids and I were having dinner at a friend’s house and due to my girlfriend needing to attend to children etc I helped out in the kitchen and finished off the apple pie.
Wow the apple pie was amazing and it wasn’t that hard to make. All my life I have been making apple crumble because I thought that it was easier to make. Since then I have regularly make apple pies and it has fast become requested desert when we have visitors.
Using a food processor the pastry is very, easy to make:
1 cup SR flour
1 cup plain flour
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup of cold water
Mix all ingredients in a food processor and once combined turn out onto a lightly floured bench. Lightly knead the pastry and cover in cling wrap and place in the fridge for 20 minutes. Once the pastry is cool it will not shrink when you bake it. Use half of the pastry and roll out flat. Grease and flour for pie dish and place the pastry in the bottom, trim off excess from around the rim. Lightly prick the pastry with a fork, place baking paper over the top and weigh it down with rice or pastry beads.
Bake for 10 minutes in a moderate oven.
Apple Pie filling
½ cup sugar
½ cup of water
Peel, core and dice the apples. Place the apples, sugar and water into a sauce pan and simmer with the lid on until the apples have soften. Set aside to cool and drain off excess liquid.
Once the pastry base has cooled, place the cool apple filling into the pie. Roll out the rest of the pastry and place over the top of the cool apples. Pinch the sides and cut off the excess, brush with milk. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown in a moderate oven.