Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Easy As Pie

My mother wanted to send an apple pie over to a friend's place as a get well soon token, so decided to make an extra one for family dinner.

There are countless recipes for apple pie, so this particular recipe here is a bit of mish mash, bits taken from here and there. Does that make it original, or just blatant plagiarism? However, it IS through trial and error over the years that I've finally arrived at this recipe, which I now use.

Pastry - (enough for a 9" pie pan, base and top)

2¾ cup flour
200 gm butter
1 cup icing sugar (sifted)
1 egg beaten

1. Do the usual, yada yada, fold in the butter into the flour and icing sugar mixture until resembles breadcrumbs. The shortcut of course, is to blitz it in a food processor, or cake mixer with K paddle, until breadcrumbs.
2. Add the egg (if using hand) and knead till it comes together. Don't overknead, or pastry will be hard. If using machine, just pulse in the egg until forms a ball.
3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your apple filling:

8-9 apples, granny smiths, or combo, peeled, cored and sliced, either into 1/8ths, or sliced thinly
4 table spoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon clove powder
(Optional : 1 cup raisins)

Cook the above mixture for about 8 minutes until apples are tender. If sliced thinly, 6 minutes would do.

Roll out just over half of the pastry on a floured surface, and line the base of a pie tin with it.

Place the apples in the pie. Depending on what a neatness freak you are... I just dump all mine in and spread it out as best I can.

Roll remaining pastry to cover the top. Ensure the sides are sealed, but do cut some steam holes for steam to escape. Glaze with egg wash to brown.

Bake in preheated oven 180C for 30 minutes until brown.

Serve warm, with Vanilla Ice cream, custard or pure cream.

If too lazy to make, just order from me at RM60 per pie.

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah i love the caveat..u shud add another one..alternatively buy it from me if you fail..or maybe leave out the most important ingredient and say buy it from me and i will tell you..

ok i m getting carried away..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I'm still traumatised from the pau class. Rest assured you won't be losing your No.1 fan for a long time more.

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh I wish I can sell an apple pie in Singapore for SGD$60. I think I need to move back to Malaysia.

fatboybakes said...

sam, you mean you're malaysian ah?
hey, your sing dollar goes a much longer way. how much, for eg, would your green apples be? here they're like over RM1 each. its prob 50 cents in sing. And the price of butter here is exorbitant. i remember when shopping in singapore thinking that dollar for dollar, the SGD goes a much longer way. (even without conversion).

lemongrass, why la traumatised? weren't we all there as a soothing balm?

nipples, ...i dunno what to say.

Anonymous said...

It is true. Food is much cheaper in Singapore. Green apples can get for 5 for $1.50. And for example, Anchor non-salted butter is only about $2+ for a 240g slab. Yup originally from Ipoh. Still Malaysian but living and working in Singapore. So if you need to get anything from SG just tell me.

Paprika said...

this looks deewine! And sounds simple enough to try without breaking into a sweat right? Will give it a go soon!

fatboybakes said...

SAM, wah, that's like getting 5 apples for RM1.50 la, dollar for dollar. and anchor is now RM5!!!!thanks for your offer. when come to KL give a buzz la, i'll arrange meet up with other food bloggers. will probably be going to sing to watch WE WILL ROCK YOU at end of march.

paps, well, if you got aircond kitchen maybe la. (i donch have wor).

snowdrop said...

off topic: i've always thought an air-cond kitchen would be the perfect thing! fan = too windy, no fan = sweltering heat. aircond'd be best! (only set-back: having to clean the filter..)

JOjo said...

Wow~ I do agree on living, earning and spending in Sg go a much longer way. *this is wat im trying to tell my parents,they jus don't understand*

Www...I still haven't get a chance to eat FBB's cake/pie/quiche. I want... *drool*