If you're a fan of McD apple pie, this filling is almost similar to that! While i personally prefer a cookie-like crust instead of flaky so yeap!
BTW, I can't really differentiate between apple pie & tart. They look almost the same to me, or is that just how we along with the common terms being called? Like apple goes better with pie while egg with tarts, etc. Heh, enlighten me!
Anyways, that's not really important. Cos I'm more into the taste & satisfaction!
This recipe of mine is inspired by my idol-chef Jamie Oliver!
Yields 6" pie dish
Pie Crust:80g All Purpose Flour
28g Cold Unsalted Butter *see note4tsp Chilled Water
Apple Filling:2 Gala Red Apple (de-cored & sliced)
Juice from half a Lemon + 1tbsp of water
2tbsp light brown sugar *see note1/4tsp ground cinnamon
To make the crust,
- Rub in chopped cold butter into the flour till you reach a bread crumb consistency.
- Make a well in the center of the dry mixture, add chilled water.
- Mix with a wooden spoon to let the wet & dry ingredients come together.
- Knead your dough in a bit on a lightly floured surface. Do not overwork your dough.
- Wrap the dough using cling form and chilled in the fridge for at least an hour. I did mine for about 5 hours.
- Roll out dough and place them onto the greased baking dish.
- Wrap dish with cling form then return it into the fridge. This prevents crust from shrinking while baking.
To make the filling,
- Decore and cut apples into slices/chunks (depends on your preference on the texture)
- Squeeze in lemon juice. This gives flavours & prevents browning of the apples.
- Add cinnamon, toss the apple to ensure they are evenly coated.
- Add sugar and water.
- Simmer the apple under low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
- Pour the apple mixture onto the crust.
- Brush the side of crust with egg wash/milk.
Bake at 170c for 30 minutes.
Seriously, the ideal way to serve a warm dessert is with a scoop of ice-cream!
I had mine with my ultimate love Rum&Raisin flavour & a huge strawberry :) Yeap, making use of whatever that's in the season is the best!
The best RR ice-cream i had was from Haagen Dazs but sadly, they don't produce it anymore in M'sia! :'( probably cos alcohol is non-halal? I remember having the Bailey's flavour in the UK, RR as well and I can never forget the wholesome goodness of it! Liquor = Life.
You know that if you're Brits or live like one! ;)
1. The ratio to make shortcut pastry is 4 flour : 2 butter : 1 liquid
Supposedly, i should be using 40g of butter, but I used 28g (appx. 2 tbsp) instead since i don't want it to be too buttery or fattening so you could go with this if you're on a strict diet yet wanna enjoy a good piece of dessert!
2. Sugar is adjusted to your personal liking and since i'm using the Gala apple which is kinda sweet, the amount of sugar i used is just perfect with the small amount of lemon juice I added in.