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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Apple Pie : Baking Partners Challenge #6

Baking Partners # 6: This month we had been challenged to make pies.We had a total of four recipes both sweet & savory recipes.The recipes were suggested by Tamy @ 3sides of crazy,Gayathri@ Gayathri's Cook Spot, Samantha @ Samantha Menzies.I selected the apple pie recipe suggested by Gayathri@ Gayathri's Cook Spot,suggested from Gayathri for the lovely recipe.I have made a slight change in the recipe by skipping the egg in the crust and added only egg white for the final brushing.As I was baking pies from scratch for the first time ,so took the simplest one to prepare.The second reason of selecting this was that my kids loved sweet pies so I knew savory ones wouldn't be preferred much;though I like savories.Will try out the other ones sometime later.This pie has a puff pastry kind flaky crust and the apples are tender and juicy with the flavors of cinnamon.We all just loved each bite of the pie.Do give this a try and you'll definitely fall in love with this pie,a great way especially for kids to sneak in apples too !!!

all purpose flour 1 3/4 (260 gm)cup
self rising flour 1/2 cup(75gm)
unsalted chilled butter 185 gm or 1 1/2 stick cut in small pieces
chilled water 1/4-1/2 cup
salt a pinch
to brush the top
caster sugar
egg white 1
milk 1 tbsp
for filling
granny smith apples 8
lemon juice 1-2 tbsp
unsalted butter 45 g(approx 1/2 stick)
caster sugar 1/2 cup(110 gm)
cinnamon powder 1 tsp
ground cloves 1/4 tsp


Step 1: Making the dough(The dough is similar to the puff pastry sheet dough)
Sift the flours together ,add salt in a large mixing bowl.Add the cubed pieces of chilled butter and rub lightly into flour with your fingertips.Lift mixture high above the bowl as you rub, to incorporate air into the pastry and make it lighter. Continue until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir through sugar. Add the chilled water, then drizzle over flour mixture. Start to bring the dough together by cutting the liquid into the dough with a blunt knife.Place it over the counter top and bring the dough together to form a ball with your hands, adding a little more water if necessary.There will be chunks of butter seen here & there but that's quite normal.Divide dough into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other.Flatten the balls in disc shapes of 5" diameter,wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Step 2:Making the filling
To make the filling, peel and core the apples, and cut each into eight to ten pieces. Toss immediately with lemon juice in a large bowl, to prevent apples from discoloring. Place the butter and sugar in a large non stick pan 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 and the sauce is thickened Set aside to cool.

Step 3: Rolling out the pie crust
Roll out the larger pastry ball on a floured counter top to a 30 cm circle (about 2mm thick). Roll pastry around rolling pin,brush off any excess flour beneath.Then unroll over a 22 cm(8 3/4" pan) metal pie dish/aluminium foil tray.Gently press into corners and trim off the excess from the sides using a sharp knife.Beat the egg white with milk, brushing some on rim of the base. Place filling in base with a slotted spoon.Roll the small pastry piece to a 25 cm circle.Top it over the filling,covering fully,tuck in the excess sides under the base sides.

Step 4 : Final assembling & Baking
Crimp edges of pastry together with your fingers or make indentation using your knuckles to give a good pattern at the sides or else use a fork.Brush the remaining egg white on top and rim.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 caster sugar.(I haven't sprinkled the caster sugar on top) Cut four-five small air vents in the center of the pie and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.Mine was done at 48 minutes.Cool on wire rack and leave to cool for 2-3 hours so that the sauces thickens and is ready to cut,serve !!!

Servings ~ 1 pie of 22 cm(8 3/4 ")

* Flattening the balls in disc shapes makes it easier to roll later after chilling.
* Use chilled butter always.If you're using salted butter,you can skip the pinch of salt in flour.
* Use chilled water to bring the dough together.
* Don't try to get a smooth dough,instead get a rough ball and refrigerate often to prevent the butter from melting.This will give a flaky crust when baking.
* If you wish to bake the pie using eggs,you can mix one egg  with 1 tbsp of chilled water and add to the flour.
* You can store the pie at room temperature for 2-3 days.
* I have taken a few tips from this video too.

Linking this to Baking Partners an effort by Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen :-)

Check out to see other baking partners have baked,if interested :)


Vrinda said... Best Blogger Tips

My all time fav.lov anything with baked apples,looks perfect n yummm

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Made perfectly and looks great

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

give me some vanilla ice cream and that slice of pie and i will thank you for it.

Vidhya Viju Govind said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely julie....u have done it so well!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect pie recipe ever. Nice stepwise pictures.

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and fulfilling Apple Pie. Wonderfully prepared.

My World My Home said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh looks beautiful & tasty...hmm....

hotpotcooking said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so deliciousssss. Perfect....

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips pie every where...I desperately need a slice of the pie...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, The apple pie looks amazing...I loved the flavor of cooked apples and hence love this Pie a lot...BTW, you have progressed so much with your new website. The pictures are looking also amazing.

Janani said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely apple pie dear so good.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks awesome Julie! Love the star cut out in the middle!

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious Julie. I wanted to try the savory one but my offer was cut down short. :) Loved baking this.

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Kandittu kothiyavunnu,adipoli aayitundu

Pam said... Best Blogger Tips

Great job on the apple pie it looks so yummy

Divya A said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow looks so perfect Julie...Well made dear!! Loved the step-wise preparation clicks there :)

Sweet'n'Savoury said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow the star cut on top of the pastry..amazing sheen.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect pie, looks so inviting Julie

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

Am drooling over here..looks inviting!!

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Well explained so anyone can try it. Looks awesome dear! said... Best Blogger Tips

Pie looks very delicious...yumm

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow ur pie looks just like one @ bakery stalls... it is very professionally made... congrauts..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious apple pie, I love your version. Try to add some chukkupodi they make really awesome taste.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice apple pie.Love the pitures.

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Though am not abib fan of pies, this looks awesome..

Binys Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Juls...this looks fab...i love apple pie...i usually buy apple turnovers for tea time

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice detailed explanation with pics...Apple pie looks awesome..

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a beautiful,neat and droolworthy apple pie, love the way you pressed the edges,fantastic.

Sahasra Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome. Love the version. Must try.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

looks very tempting julie dear..need a piece

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly made Pie, looks delicious.

Saraswathi Ganeshan said... Best Blogger Tips

Woow, Amazing effort and love your pictorial..Great job dear..

beingFab said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful pie!! Those notes are really helpful!

Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

wonderful pie, looks so professional!!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious apple pie

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Well prepared Julie ............
Love the pics too :-)
Today's Recipe
Vada Pav/Indian Burger

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious pie Julie..

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yummy..

Spill the Spices

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

what a those apples and the golden,flaky crust.

Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, thanks for dropping by my site again. I've never made this type of pie and I like it very much. Cheers from Spain.

PinayinTexas said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful pie, Julie! Love how perfect the crust looks!

Myvegfare said... Best Blogger Tips

Your pie looks perfect like a store bought one.., lovely

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious and perfectly baked pie Julie, I'm sure kids might have loved it :)

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

That is an incredible looking pie...kudos!!

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

love apple and cinnamon anytime... lovely looking pie
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Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing Pie dear....looks so inviting....can feel the taste

Jannet Loves to Experiment said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful beautiful pie, Julie. This one shows how perfect you are with your kitchen outputs. Loved it.