Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Caramel Apple Crumble Pie!!!!

Pie crust + pretty green apples + crumble +caramel = LOVE!

I love pie!!!

I have gone pie crazy.
I blame twin peaks. Agent Cooper you created a monster. Sure it’s not the show’s famous cherry pie but it will get you through any pie craving.

I don’t think I want to admit how many of these I have made (and then eaten) since finding this amazing recipe.

Go visit The Pioneer Woman for the full recipe for this apple crumble pie. It is beautifully set out with pretty pictures to help every step of the way.

On this pie attempt i mixed things up by adding and changing a few things.
*First up I had no pecans, so they got left off the top.
*In with the apples I added ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup white sugar to make it a little more caramely (instead of the original ½ cup white sugar). Plus mixed in ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon.
* For the base I decided to go with my favorite recipe i always use found in a very old copy of the Womens Weekly Best Ever Recipes cookbook.

For the base

185g butter (softened)
1 ½ cups plain flour
¾ cup self raising flour
1/3 cup cornflour
1/3 cup custard powder
Pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons water (approx)

To make the base- sift together flours, custard powder and salt.

Add butter to the dry ingredients and rub together until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the sugar and mix well.

Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the egg yolk and water, mix everything together to make a firm dough. Knead lightly.
Divide the dough in half. Flatten each half of the dough, wrap in clingwrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. (This recipe makes enough pastry for 2 pie bases, the unused half can be kept well wrapped in the freezer.)

Remove the pastry from the fridge, thaw till workable. Roll out the pastry and line well greased pie dish (23cm/9inch). Prick the base and sides with a fork.

Mmm gooey deliciousness. Serve it up. Or eat it right out of the pie dish.. i dare you...

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