I LOVE apple pie but I much prefer to make my own at home rather than buy pre-made ones because I like to control everything that goes into it like free range eggs, unsalted butter and Stevia instead of sugar. I know it's a bit of extra effort to make it completely from scratch because the dough can sometimes be tricky but I assure you, it's worth it. Not to mention you feel so accomplished and proud afterwards, like you seriously just went all housewife and made an apple pie from scratch= go you! This recipe doesn't include how to make the dough but I have previously done a recipe for that so click HERE to see it.
8 large Granny Smith Apples
Juice of 1 Lemon
45g unsalted Butter
1/2 cup (110g) Caster Sugar
1 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground Cloves
♥ MethodStep 1: Make the dough, click HERE to find out how.
Step 2: To make the filling, peel and core the apples, and cut each into 8 pieces. Toss immediately with lemon juice in a large bowl, to prevent apples from discolouring. Place the butter and sugar in a large frypan over medium-low heat. When butter has melted, add apples and spices, then stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until apples have softened. Set aside to cool.
Step 3: Roll out the larger pastry ball on a floured workbench to a 30cm circle (about 2mm thick). Roll pastry around rolling pin, then unroll over a 22cm metal pie dish. Gently press into corners and allow excess to overhang. Place filling in base with a slotted spoon. Roll the small pastry piece to a 25cm circle. Beat remaining egg with milk, brushing some on rim of the base. Top with small pastry.
Step 4: Lift the pie dish and cut excess pastry from edges with a sharp knife. Crimp edges of pastry together with your fingers. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180°C, place pie dish on a baking tray. Brush top of pie with more beaten egg, sprinkle with demerara or caster sugar. Cut four small air vents in the centre of the pie and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
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