So yes, this is my first attempt to help you guys colour in your diet in an unhealthy, easy and sinfully satisfying way. The recipe I’m using for this is the simpelest thing ever. And I actually mean it. I know that a lot of food blogs out there always claim for things to be ‘the easiest thing ever‘ but then they go on about how you should fold in your rainbow dust with the super expensive dough mixture in a perfect figure 8 motion because you do not want to beat out any life or something. I mean, sure they’re probably right, and much better at making nice things than me but reading those things stresses me out. So none of that, alright? You’re going to ‘throw things in’, ‘mix it up good’ and most of all ‘taste’ your food (especially with cakes and stuff).
It’s going to be good.
Enough of me, more apple pie talk.
Apple Pie that will make your mother weep for joy
What you will need:
- 300g / a bit under 3 cups of Flour (doesn’t need to be self-rising)
- 150g butter – It’s easier if it’s a little soft
- 150g sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs (one for the dough, one to make it look all shiny and golden)
- about 5 apples (less of course if you’re using super apples, more if you’re using mini ones)
- some more sugar and some cinnamon.
- Optionally you can add a little lemon juice.
- You will need one of those springform pans. They can be found ridiculously cheaply and are incredibly useful (not just for baking: they make nice hats) so if you don’t have one yet go get one! You can buy them at Tesco, Asda, any grocery store really! The ones in the link are just there to show you what I mean.
- Two big bowls or pans. To be honest, it doesn’t matter. One of these will be used to mix ingredients for dough , the other will be used for apple and cinnamon-sugar mixing. You can also just use one and clean in between. All up to you!
- A rolling pin or, if you don’t have one, a wine/ big beer bottle. They work just as well!
- Some of that see-through plastic foil. Or a plastic shopping bag!
- If you have some baking paper to put in the spring pan that’s great. If not, just use some butter.
- Cover springform in baking paper or butter it up! Also pre-heat oven to about 200 degrees celcius.
- Cut up the butter in chunklets in your big bowl/pan. This is just to make it easier to process. Add Flour, Sugar, salt and 1 of the eggs.
- Wash your hands and show that stuff who’s boss! Punch it, squeeze it, show it your love and passion. It will be a little sticky and disgusting at first, but then after a while, when the butter is melting and absorbs all the nice stuff, it becomes a little greasy adorable ball. Taste it a little, it tastes yummy!
- Wrap love ball in plastic foil or bag (I’ve tried both, both work perfectly) and pop it in your fridge.
- Go and peal your apples. Cut them up too! You can decide what way you’d like them. I always opt for slicing because it seems to fit better in the springform pans, but I’m not stopping you from being creative. If you want to go an cut them into little stars, be my guest… show off 😛
- Add sugar and cinnamon (and a little lemon juice if you like) until the cut up apples are covered in sugary goodness. Taste a couple slices just to be sure!
- Put apples to the side and take out your dough mix (it’s probably about half an hour later right?). Now, cut of 1/3 of the ball and put to the side. With the other 2/3 you are going to make the base and sides of the pie. So, flatten it all out with a rolling pin (make sure you flour your work surface a little first so it doesn’t stick and ruin your kitchen) or with your fingers if you like and place in springform. Make sure you cover the bottom and sides well!
- Now, add apples. You can throw them into the pan in an artistic abstract jerk or you can carefully place them in circles or whatever way you like them- like michelangelo would.
- With apples in place, all we have left is that other third of the dough. Use it to decorate your pie! You can place it in a weaving pattern over the top, you can just make a disk and centre it on your pie, be creative! It’s your pie!!
- Mix up that last egg and brush it over the top of the pie. Naturally, I don’t own a brush so I use a spoon or my hands.