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This is an easy apple pie recipe which has been handed down from my grandmother. Despite all she tried to tell me about how hard it is to get the pie pastry right, I have been remarkably successful. Not only did I have the best teacher, but it really is easy. I expect it made my grandmother feel good to keep her secret and also kept too many people from asking how she made such a delicious apple pie.
The humble apple has been in the press since Adam took a bite of one at the Tree of Knowledge - making it big headlines! Since then the Greeks and Romans believed it to be an aphrodisiac, and in modern times the apple still makes headlines with apple ducking.
The apple has to be one of the most popular fruits. How many other fruits come ready to eat at any time? Just pop it into your lunchbox and eat it whenever you are ready. Easy to eat as a snack, in salads, baked, and a million other ways - one of which is our pie filling.
So What Was Granny's Secret?If there are any secrets to making a good pastry it's to keep all your equipment and ingredients cool, including your hands. Once your pastry is made, pop it into the refrigerator for half an hour before rolling it out.
Best Cooking ApplesThe best cooking apples to use in our easy apple pie are Granny Smiths or Bramley's - but if you cant get them, buy your local cooking apples as these will be fresher than ones which have travelled a distance.
Buying and StorageChoose apples with no bruising on them and store them for short period of times. It's ok to keep them in the shop wrapping although do make sure they have ventilation. If you pick your own, then wrap each apple in its own brown paper and remove any bad apples as soon as you notice them as they will make the others turn bad.
The pastry can be kept for a day or two in the refrigerator or frozen and brought out an hour before making your easy apple pie recipe.
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Easy Apple Pie Recipe For the shortcrust pastry you will require
- 18-20 cm flan dish
- 200g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of fine sugar
- 100g butter or margarine
- 3-5 tablespoons of water
1. Sift the flour into a bowl.
2. Cut the butter into cubes.
3. Rub the cubed butter between your thumb and first two fingers into the flour. When it's done it should look like breadcrumbs.
4. Pour the water into the mixture a little at a time while mixing with a fork. The dough should cling together.
5. Flour a work surface and place the dough on it. Flour the dough. Flour the rolling pin. This will help prevent the dough being sticky.
6. Roll the pastry from the centre outwards in firm movements.
7. Place your dough into the fridge for half an hour.
8. Roll your dough until it is the size you want, turn and fold it so that it makes a half moon shape. There should be enough dough to fit the bottom of the pie and the top.
9. Fit one of the pieces of rolled dough into your flan dish. Save the other for the top of the apple pie.
10. Bake the base blind in an oven of 190c 375F (gas5) for 15 minutes.
For the easy apple pie recipe filling
pre-heat your oven to 190c (gas 5)
- 3-4 Granny Smiths or Bramley's
- 200grms of sugar or 1 cup
- 1 teapsoon of cinnamon
1.Take your apples and peel them. Now cut them into small thin slices.
2.Cook very gently in a pan with the sugar and cinnamon until soft
3.Pop your apples into the flan dish with the cooked base.
4.Spread the remaining rolled pastry over the top of your apples.
5.Take a knife and make a couple of cuts in the pastry in the middle to let the steam out.
6.Take a pastry brush and brush a little milk over the top of your pastry to allow to brown.
7.Bake in the oven at 190c (gas 5) for 30 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and browned.
Eat and enjoy your easy apple pie recipe immediately with a little cream or custard.