I've been pie cray cray lately and I blame it all on the fact that I've finished watching all 7 seasons of The Gilmore Girls, yes all 7! It's total withdraw symptoms. It's like I believe that by baking and eating several pies I will make the re-boot happen faster.
All I can say is thank goodness for breastfeeding and the extra calories that I must/have too eat to keep up with my super hungry child!
Below is my basic Apple Pie recipe that's simple to prepare, cause you all know about simple baking. Of course it's delish served Pie à la mode, but once again I prefer it straight out of the dish, hot.
250grams of super cold Butter cut into 1cm sized chunks
2 cups White Spelt flour
Ice cold water
Put the Flour and salt into a food processor with the blade attachment, pulse until mixed. Add the butter to the bowl and pulse quickly until the butter is about the size of whole oats. Then add 2 TBSP of the ice water and pulse for 10 seconds a couple of times. Add another 2 and repeat - take the lid off and grab a little of the mixture. If it stays together without crumbling, success! If not add another tablespoon of water and pulse again, then check.
Tip out on to a flour dusted bench top and bring together then split into two. Form them into a disk shape, wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
2 red apples, pealed, cored and cut into chunks
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Vanilla extract
1 TBSP of Maple Syrup
Put all of the above ingredients into a pot + 2 TBSP of cold water, mix, cover and cook on the stove at a low-med heat for 10mins. You want the apples to be a little tender, not mushy.
Once cooked take off the heat and mix in 1 TBSP of plan White Spelt flour. Leave to cool.
Take your pastry out of the fridge, unwrap 1 of the disks and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out and place it in your pie dish, don't worry about trimming it yet. Roll out the 2nd disk and leave to the side. Fill your pie with the filling then using milk paint the outside rim. Put the lid on and fold the bottom layer over the top push to seal. The paint with milk, just lightly don't drown the pie! Then sprinkle a TBSP of Coconut sugar over the top. Bake for 15mins (or until it's golden) at 200degrees.
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Happy pie baking!
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