Have you ever noticed that whenever you make a cake, those eating it just can’t resist commenting on the moisture levels. If people aren’t silently nodding & mumbling “mmmmm” chances are you’ve baked a dry one and should be ashamed of yourself 😉
This easy apple pie recipe always score well on the moisture scale and should be washed down with cup after cup of hot tea on a lazy afternoon.
To show you how easy this recipe is, my brother and I made this sweet video for you;
- 330g plain flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 150g lard
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
- 7 tbsp cold water
For the filling:
- 1kg cooking apples
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
- 100g caster sugar
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Now cut the fat into the bowl. With your finger tips rub the fat into the flour until crumps form. Add the sugar, sprinkle with seven tbsp cold water. Now mix all.
Press the crumps into a bowl, wrap and chill for 30 minutes. In the meantime grease the dish.
Now flour surface, roll 2/3 of the dough, out to around, about 5cm larger than the dish. Using the rolling pin, drape the pastry over the dish, then gently push it into the contours. Now trim any excess pastry.
Peel the apples, cut into quarters, and cut them into medium slices. Put the apple slices in a bowl, poor on lemon juice. Sprinkle the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar over the apples. Toss to cold.
Put the apples in the pie dish, and arrange so that it is slightly mounted in the center. Brush the edge of the pastry with water.
Now roll the rest of the dough. Wrap it around the rolling pin, and drape it over the filling. Trim the top crust. Press the edges together to seal. Cut an X in the top crust. Gently pull back the point of each triangle to reveal the filling. Using a pastry brush, glaze the pie with the milk so that it bakes to a golden color. Sprinkle over sugar.
Chill for 30mins. In the meantime preheat the oven to 220C. Bake for 20 mins, then reduce to 180C and bake for 30mins. Insert a skewer through the steam vent to check the apple are tender.
Best served warm with vanilla ice-cream. “mmmmmm” guaranteed!!! 🙂