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Auntie Eli’s Tuesday Treat: Homemade Apple Pie!

By Eleni Louca

This apple pie recipe makes a 9-inch cake!

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 180 gr. cold butter
  • 6-8 tbsp. ice cold water

Filling

  • 3 green apples
  • 3 red apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 60 gr. cold butter

Egg wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. water

Method

First, preheat the oven to 375ºF. For the crust, whisk together the flour and salt. Cut up the butter and add it to the mixture. With a fork, work the butter into the flour until it resembles flakes. You should be able to see chunks of butter uneven throughout the whole process. Sprinkle a tablespoon at a time of the water working it into the dough each time. Separate the dough in two even parts. Lightly flour a piece of baking paper and place the dough on it. Sprinkle flour on top and fold over the baking paper so as to also cover the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 25cm circle. Repeat with the other piece and chill until needed. 

For the filling, wash, peel, core and slice the apples. Add the rest of the ingredients leaving behind the butter. Mix well until the apples are completely coated. Place the crust in the tin working your way around it securing it in place. The dough should hang off the edges. Pour the filling in and spread as even as you can. Cut the butter into chunks and place them on top of the apples. With the remaining dough, cover the pie carefully so as not to break. Pinch the ends down with a fork and cut off any remaining dough. On the top of the pie, make a few slits. This will help cook the apples and release heat as needed. Make the egg wash by whisking the egg with the water. Brush all over the top of the pie covering completely. Sprinkle sugar, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a further 25 minutes. 

Tips

  • Do not overmix the pie crust. 
  • Use a fork not your fingers to crumble pie crust together. Any extra heat from your fingers will make a difference in the final product. The colder the butter is the better your crust will turn out.

Enjoy, and be sure to tag @givemeastoria and @auntieelis so we can see your final product! See you next Tuesday, for what’s sure to be another delicious treat!

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