5th – 11th march is the British Pie Week!
Hubby insisted we should celebrate this great holiday by eating pie every day. So today I’ve made apple pies. Enjoy!
I decided to update the old post as the pie I made a few years ago didn’t look as good as the one I made this year, 2015. The recipe I’m using now is slightly different than the old one, as I added 1 egg in the pastry. The flavour is so much better.
For decorating I usually cut the dough into long strips to make a woven lattice on top. Now I’ve tried something different with leaves and it looks amazing. I don’t want to make the pies too doughy as I prefer to taste the filling. Another aspect is that I feel I would add calories. This pie had 1580 calories (without the custard) and I would say there are 6 good size portions. This means that a slice of pie had only 263 calories, almost half the calories that are in 1 shop-bought cupcake.
Make the pastry with 75g butter, 150g flour and 1 egg. Mix the soften butter with the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg and knead the dough. Leave it for 30 minutes in the fridge.
Roll the dough with a pin and place it in the baking tray.
Wash and peel the apples. Grate them on the large holes, add 50g of sugar, 1 spoon of flour and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Fill the pastry with the apple mixture.
For the decorations, roll the remaining dough.
I wanted to use my ivy cutter, but I didn’t find it, so I made freehand leaves instead. Using a pizza cutter, for a more smooth finish, cut the dough in the shape of a leaf.
With a knife, make a visible dent in the middle of the leaf and continue to make dents for the veins.
Make a branch from the remaining dough and add the leaves. Bake it for 40 minutes at 180C fan.
I served the pie with vanilla custard.