I have to admit the thought of making an Apple Pie was somewhat intimidating. My mother has pastry 'issues' and has instilled a healthy fear of it in me. I have memories of her throwing it at the wall in frustration only to have it unceremoniously drop into the heater below.
Actually, this could not have been simpler and aided by a good friend we happily sat down to eat our handiwork with a good dollop of custard and fresh cream.
6 large Granny Smith apples
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 cups of self raising flour
125 g butter
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of cold water
2 teaspoons of caster sugar (to top)
Milk (to glaze)
1. Peel and slice apples into a medium saucepan with water and sugar
2. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer until just cooked.
3. Drain well, remove cloves and set aside to cool.
4. In a large bowl sift flour and add sugar and butter.
5. Rub butter into flour and sugar until it resembles fine bread crumbs.
6. Add beaten egg and cold water and combine.
7. Split mixture into two and wrap in cling wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
8. Preheat oven to 180 c or (170 c if fan forced).
9. Grease and lightly flour a standard pie dish.
10. Roll out half the mix with the rolling pin adding flour as required. Gently place in the base of the dish.
11. Add apples and repeat with the rest of the pastry on top.
12. Pinch edges of the pie together or press with a fork.
13. Brush with milk and a fine sprinkle of caster sugar.
14. Cook for 45 to 60 minutes of until golden.
15. Serve warm with a scoop of ice-cream and a dollop of fresh cream.
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