15 August, 2007

Sweetie Pie

Home-Made Apple Pie - Our Latest Experiment

200gm Plain Flour
50gm Self Raising Flour
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/4 stick salted butter

4 red apples, 4 green apples
3 cups sugar (or to taste)
1 egg yolk for glazing
cold / ice water

1) Peel and cut the apples into thin slices of abt 0.5cm thick. Soak in water with a tablespoon of salt.
2) Put sugar into pot and place just enough water to cover the sugar. Heat until sugar has caramelized and turned very lightly transparent brown.
3) Drain apples and pour into pot. Stir well to ensure they are coated with sugar.
4) Leave to boil. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
5) The apples are ready when they have turned a dark translucent yellow. Remove from heat.

Preparing the Dough
1) Stir salt into flour mixture.
2) Cut butter into small pieces and drop into flour.
3) Rub the butter into the flour until resemble breadcrumbs.
4) Add in ice water slowly and knead to form a dough.
5) Cover dough and set aside to let it rise for at least 30 mins.

Making the Pie
1) Half the dough
2) Knead slightly and roll into sheet of thickness not more than 0.5cm.
3) Grease pie pan lightly with butter and transfer pastry sheet onto it.
4) Press the pastry along the edges of the pan and use a fork to poke some holes on it.
5) Leave it to bake at 180 degC until the edges start to turn slightly brown.

6) Remove from oven. Pour the cooked apples into pan.
7) Make the top pastry the same way as before, and cover the pie with it.
8) Pinch and fold the edges of the pastry together, trimming away any excess pastry with a knife. Poke holes on the top pastry as before.
9) Place in oven to bake for 30 mins or until the edges start to turn slightly brown.
10) Glaze with egg yolk and bake for another 15 mins.

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