Day 9 ‘Sunday Apple Pie’

I like Sunday mornings, when everything’s so quiet and peaceful. It’s nice to put the kettle on and, even if only for a very brief moment, enjoy the silence while waiting for your first coffee of the day.  Yes, I did say first because I will definitely need more than one when my little Elf is up!

Weekends have their own laws. I guess every household operates according to its unique weekend routine. I bet most of us pack their Saturday’s schedules to the limit with all sorts of chores like; cleaning, weekly shopping, taking car to the mechanic. Everything that we don’t have time for during the week… and few more. The list seems never-ending. All this hassle to finally crash on the sofa or go out with friends feeling that we have finally earned it.

Sunday’s are completely different. If we looked at all week days from a distance, Sunday would be the one played in slow-motion. As if we were purposely slowing down and trying to recharge the batteries in order to welcome Monday with the engine running to its full potential.

I have a feeling that I am not alone thinking that the best part of Sunday pumper is food! Food that we finally have time to enjoy. Whether you go out, or stay in watching favourite series, snug under warm blanket; it’s nice to treat yourself to your favourite special and celebrate Sunday afternoon.

That’s exactly why I decided to bake an apple pie today. Actually two pies; one for us, one for our neighbours ;). Why not to spread the joy? (Writing this post I didn’t realise that it actually might have been one risky statement. What if it didn’t work out? Good intentions count as well, right?)

Original Recipe Apple Pie

For the crust:
flour- 2 cups
brown sugar- 3 Tbsp
butter- 200 g
cold water- 2 Tbsp

For the apple filling:
apples- 1 kg (preferably quite acidic)
brown sugar- 1/4 cup
cinnamon- 1 tsp
lemon juice- from 1/2 of lemon
vanilla sugar- 1 Tbsp
amaretto- 2-3 tsp (optionally)

For the mid layer:
pecan halves- 1/3 cup
gingerbread spices- 1 tsp 
orange zest- 1 tsp 

For the crust:
1. Sift flour into a medium bowl, add sugar, and diced cold  butter. Mix all ingredients together. 
2. Pour two tablespoons of cold water into the mix and keep folding until dough starts to form big crumbs or sort of flaky ball. 
3. Wrap the dough in a cling film or kitchen foil and refrigerate for about half an hour.

For the apple filing:
1. Peel all the apples and cut into pieces (they can be either sliced or shredded, it’s completely up to you).
2. Medium size pan put on the stove on a medium fire and pour the sugar in. After 20 seconds add apples and keep boiling until they start caramelising.
3. Sprinkle apples with lemon juice, add vanilla sugar and cinnamon and keep on the fire for 10 more minutes.

For the layer of nuts:
1.Finely chop pecan halves and mix with gingerbread spice and orange zest

Baking directions:
1. Take crust out of the fridge and split into three parts. Combine two parts together and roll into layer not thicker than 1/2 cm. Transfer rolled dough into pie dish. Now you can do the same with the third part of crust. Once nice and thin use cookie cutter in a preferable shapes to cut out the decorations. Leave them aside until all other parts assembled.
2. Next, spread the mix of nuts and spices on the top of layer of crust and cover with caramelised apples. Decorate the top of pie. Remember to have fun!
3. Lastly, use pasty brush or any other available tool to brush decorations and edges of the pie with whisked egg. 
4. Bake for 45 minutes in 180C. Once ready and cool, serve with your favourite toppings or vanilla ice-cream!

Apple pie is such a classic. Delicious in every shape and form; traditionally sliced, crumbled, fully deconstructed, served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or chocolate sauce. However, its main advantage is the fact that it fills up the house with sweet smell of cinnamon and apples making it feel even cosier.

I say that this is an apple pie with little surprise.  It’s the nutty layer with pinch of gingerbread spices that make it exceptionally festive and adds lovely crunch. I guarantee that every bite will make your taste buds jump for joy. 

It’s a perfect pie for the days like this. Happy Sunday Everyone!

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