Apple Pie (American Classics)

Next in my American Classics series is Apple Pie. What could be more classically American as epitomized in hundreds of TV shows and movies.

Ingredients:

Filling

6 cooking apples such as granny smiths cut into pieces

1 tsp cinammon

1/2 cup white sugar

1 lemon juiced

Recipe

  1. Mix all apple slices with the rest of the ingredients and lay in a dish in an even layer

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Pastry

1 + 1/3 cup plain flour

1/2 stick butter

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 tbsp cold water

Recipe

  1. Cut the butter and flour together. I have a metal pastry cutter that keeps the mix really cold as really good pastry in order to stay crumbly and short needs to be handled as little as possibleIMG_1514
  2. Add the wet ingredients and combine into a ball. Put in the freezer to really chill for 30 minutes
  3. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and then lie it on top of the apple dish
  4. I cut out a few extra shapes with the excess pastry and used a fork to crimp the edges of the dish and seal the pie. Under the pie edge add a little water to make the pastry stick to the edge of the dish
  5. If you want a browner finish on the pie glaze with a beaten egg or milk
  6. I have some cinnamon sugar at home (just sugar mixed with some cinnamon) so I sprinkled it on top on the pie

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7. Bake the pie for 20 minutes at 180c or until golden brown

The result is sweet with a really good hint of cinnamon and the apples go lovely and soft. Next time I might try it with puff/flaky pastry instead to see if I can get a crunchier texture. An excellent edition to the American Classics series

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