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One of our autumn activities was to go apple picking.
The boys had a wonderful time, and got a little carried away with the picking… Resulting in the purchase of 15lbs of apples!
I have been determined to use all these apples – which are a random selection of varieties, only a couple of which I can recognise by sight :)
I also set myself the challenge of baking with them…
I do a lot of baking with the kids, but the baking bit is generally just a precursor to having fun with the decorating bit! So, I don’t bake from scratch – I cheat with mixes and ready-made cookie dough!
I decided to make an apple pie at the weekend. As is my way, I googled ‘apple pie recipe’! There were, unsurprisingly, a lot of them! Having a quick read of the top four or five, they were all fairly similar. So, I did what I often do, I took a bit of one recipe, a bit of another and then changed it a little bit!
Now, I have to admit that I used ready-made pastry (I’m not sure I’m up to attempting my own yet!) – but I did say it was an easy apple pie!
You will need:
Two sheets of ready to roll pastry (or insert your own fabulous recipe here!)
5 or 6 medium apples (I’m sure there are varieties that bake better than others, but I just used a mix of what we had!)
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 200C/180C(fan)/400F. Follow the instructions for your pastry, allowing it to reach room temperature for easy rolling. Place one sheet in your pie dish and trim any excess. Peel, core and slice the apples. Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the sliced apples and mix. Pour the apple filling into the pie. Place the second sheet of pastry over the top, seal the edges, flute (I failed at this!) and slit the top a few times. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden.
I will admit that my pie wasn’t the prettiest, but it got a big thumbs up from the men in my life, so we’ll put it down as a success :) And, even if I do say so myself, it really was quite yummy!