Sunday, October 14, 2012

Apple Pie

Last week was crazy cooking challenge time again and I completely forgot. After the woe of finding out that it was finishing the maker of the challenge relented, because nobody wanted to let it go, including herself. I missed last month because it was homemade ranch dressing, which is a very American thing and I don't know anything about it nor have an immediate reason to eat it, though I do have a recipe set aside that I'd like to try. This month, however, was something that I am interested in making - apple pie! And then I went and forgot to join in. So I am making my chosen entry a week late. Apple pie is not so common at home, or at least not for me, where it is all about the apple crumble and maybe an apple shortcake, while here in Ireland they call it an apple tart (though it has pastry on the top as well as the bottom so I think that makes it a pie). Which means I don't already have a great apple pie recipe. The recipe that I'm going to try today has been on my list for a long time. I saw it on a blog hop and now that I have Pinterest it is sitting there on one of my boards. And since I have mentioned it, I just want to say that I have very quickly grown to love Pinterest. I like it far better than twitter. Before Pinterest I had been saving links in a file to the dozens of recipes that I see online and want to try. Now all of those links have become pins and there are pictures to go with them! It makes it so easy to know what I want to make. And terribly tempting.

Caramel Apple Pie
adapted from  MJ's Kitchen

2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup icing sugar
125 grams butter
1 egg
1 tablespoon white vinegar (or lemon juice)
2-4 tablespoons cold water
8 granny smith apples
Juice of 1 lime
60 grams butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cold water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

The pastry must be made at least an hour in advance so that it has time to chill. Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl and rub the butter in with your fingertips until the entire mixture has an even consistency, like breadcrumbs. Then add the egg and vinegar and begin to combine with your hands. Add water as it is needed, until the mixture comes together as a dough. Then knead it for a few minutes until it is smooth and even.

Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least half an hour.

When the pastry is ready, divide it into two and roll it out. Lay one half in a pie dish and press it into the corners gently. Reserve the other half for the top.

Next, preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and prepare the filling. First peel and core the apples, then slice into thin slices. Squeeze the lime juice over the apples and toss together well (to keep them from getting brown).

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, then stir in the flour. Add the water, sugars and cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, until you have a smooth caramel sauce.

Pour the caramel sauce over the apples and do your best to evenly coat the apple (the caramel quickly becomes viscous so it probably won't cover the apples ver well but that's alright). Tip the apples and caramel into the prepared crust.

Lay the remaining pastry over the top of the filling (cutting some slits so that the steam can escape), or cut it into strips and create a lattice. If you want, whisk an egg and brush it over to make a glaze.

Bake the pie for 40 minutes, then let it sit for about 15 minutes to half an hour, so that the filling sets a little. Then enjoy!

(8 servings, 450 calories per serving) 


  1. 180 degrees???? Never seen a temp that low to cook a pie. How do you figure out grams?

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment. I'm not sure about the temperature, I'm not that experienced at making pies, I just bake most things at about 180. Maybe it was closer to 200. But that's celsius remember, so it would be more like 350 degrees fahrenheit.
      As for grams - did you mean how many grams is a cup of flour or how many cups is 125 grams of butter? There is a conversions tab at the top of the blog but converting from cups to grams is an approximation and it's only half finished. I can't double check the weights because my scales broke!
      But, roughly, 2 cups of flour is 300 grams, 125 grams of butter is half a cup, 1/4 cup of sugar is around 60 grams. I hope that helps!


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