Monday, 13 April 2015

Apple Pie

             It was few days before when I tasted a combination of mild hot Apple Pie and Chilled nutty ice-cream in a party. It was so fantastic that I decided to try Apple Pie at home. It was far ahead in comparison of French loaf and similar outlets and it may be because of the freshness. I tried and the result came out nice at the very first time. Now a days my little also commenting honestly like her father and it was “nice” in her words.
     Apple pie is a fruit pie in which the principal filling ingredient is apple and the pastry is generally used at top and bottom and finally it has to bake within a mould. The ingredients for the base or pastry are quite similar to that of tarts. I used white sugar and moderate quantity of brown sugar with apple but it’s up to you how you make your fillings. I made the sauce with caramelised sugar and butter (you can use bit of water, I used caramelised sugar as I like its aroma). So make your own Apple pie at home and enjoy it with you family and friends.  

Ingredients:

For dough:
·        Plain flour-140 grams.
·        Butter-75 grams.
·        Chilled water-as required

For Apple sauce:
·        Chopped apple-2 medium sizes
·        Lemon juice-1 tsp.
·        Lemon jest of one lemon
·        Sugar-1/2 cup
·        Butter-42-45 grams.
·        Cinnamon powder-1 pinch
·        Crashed Clove -2 no.
·        Cashew Nuts (chopped) – 1 tbsp.
·        Walnut (chopped) –1 tbsp.
·        Brown Sugar – for sprinkling.


Method:
·        Mix lemon juice in chopped apple to protect its fresh colour.
·        For caramelised sugar take a pan. Heat it. Put sugar into it. Sugar starts to melt by edge first. Don’t move the pan at first.
·        When sugar completely melted, add butter in it. Mix with a spatula.
·        Next add apple chopped spices (cinnamon and crashed clove) and lemon zest.
·        Mix it and let it boil for 10 minutes.
·        Remove from heat and add dry fruits ,finally cool till it come in room temperature.

·        Now for dough take butter and flour in a bowl and mix well up to it looks like bread crumbs.

·        Now add chilled water as required and make a soft dough, cover it with cling film and keep into refrigerator for 15 min to 30 mins.   

·        Place it into tart mold and press it into mold with your thumb. Cut out the portion dangling outside the mold.
·        Put prepared apple sauce into it.
·        Cover it with the neatly cut off dough after flattening it with any style or as shown in the picture.

·        Finally sprinkle brown sugar over it for a nice look.



·        Preheat oven at 200 degree C and bake at 180 degree C for 20-25 minutes or till it become golden brown.

·        Pull out freshly baked Apple Pie and de-mould it after some time.

·       Yes,it is ready to serve hot or cold,best combination is with ice-cream(personal view)

Tips:
·         If you put butter and sugar together butter will melt too quickly and sugar will take time. So it’s better to caramelise sugar first and then adds butter.
·         Using brown sugar the colour of the fillings gets dark if you don’t want dark colour use only white sugar.
·         You can use saffron to make its colour sweet light red, I personally like it.

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