The BIG APPLE Pie Recipe: Tribute To My New Home


It really is as easy as pie to make your own homemade apple pie. There is nothing quite like its familiar aroma. This classic pie is really versatile, people have their own preferences of how to serve their apple pie. Some people like it with sugar sprinkled on top, some like it with whipped cream. Me, I like it with hot custard poured on top and my husband likes it with vanilla ice-cream.

This Apple recipe is mixed with traditional American touch with a few European twists, it is colourful, metropolitan, and never boring just like my new home New York City.

Therefore I've decided to dedicate this recipe to New York, by naming it the BIG APPLE pie!

Cook time: 30 hour 

Preparation time: 2.5  hours

Estimated cost: $10

Ingredients

For the pastry
  • 9 oz plain flour
  • 5 oz hard butter ( soft butter spread won't work )
  • 4 tsp cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
For the filling
  • 5 cooking apples,sliced
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • Carmen's Touch  Drops of lemon juice

Preparations

To Stew Apples
  1. Peel apples and slice them up.
  2. Saute apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and a tablespoon of water in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Keep stirring all the time. If they get too dry just add more water.
  3. Taste to check sweetness,allow it to cool once you've got the consistency you desire.

 To cook pie:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Use hands to rub butter and flour together until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  3. Add the cold water to the flour mixture. Use your hand to firm up the mixture.Wrap up pastry dough with cling film and put it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 halves, take one half and roll it out so that it is big enough to cover a 20cm baking tray
  5. Cover the pastry with the stewed apples.
  6. Roll out the other half of the pastry,  put it on top.
  7. Press down on the pastry edges, making sure that they are properly sealed. Trim off any excess pastry with a knife.
  8. Prick the surface of the top pastry lightly before placing the pie in the oven. Cook for 25 - 30 minutes. Until it is golden brown.
  9. Serve with hot custard, vanilla ice-cream or just simply sprinkle sugar on top
Husband Says: "De-lish. There's only two women in my life that can make this pie and make it work. My mom and now my wife. Lucky I am."
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