There are so many apple pie recipes, right? Making an apple pie this festive season is definitely a good idea. It's quite filling, the perfect comfort food and would go well with many Christmas recipes. Anyhow, I'm not sharing this recipe now because it is Christmas, I just made it over the weekend and it is delicious so you should try it, soon. It's a Dutch apple pie and its the recipe that the Creative director of J.Crew men shared recently on the J.Crew blog. I liked the look of it so much I knew I had to try it, I also likes it actually didn't require a pie dish because right know I don't have one and while it might sound silly this fact has stopped of of trying other pie recipes.
Anyway, this is VERY GOOD, try it.
2 cups of self raising flour
2/3 cup soft white sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 1/1 stick unsalted butter (170 gr)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsbp of breadcrumbs
3-4 golden apples (or any other tart apples you like)
a handful of raisins
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
In a large bowl mix the sifted flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, cold butter cut into cubes, 1/3 of the egg (you will need the rest later on) and salt and knead softly until a dough is formed. Save 1/4 for the top lattices. Grease a springform with a bit of butter and cover it completely with the dough, press the dough flat and push the sides until the edges are well covered (about an inch). Cover with a thin layer of breadcrumbs (ooops I forgot to do this!). Set aside until you prepare the apples.
Pre heat oven to 180ºC.
Peel, core and cut in small pieces your apples. Place in a bowl, add the raisins, sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Spoon the mixture to the pie thoroughly.
In a floured surface roll out the remaining dough, you need it to be about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into long, about half inch wide strips. Place them on top of the pie creating a lattice pattern. Brush the top of the pie with the remaining egg.
Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Mine got a bit burnt on one side after about 15 minutes, you can actually see it in one of the pics, if your oven is tricky like mine cover it with aluminium foil.
Serve warm or not with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as Frank says.
Recipe original by Frank Muytjens as seen on the J.Crew blog