The Most Amazing Apple Pie

I guess you can't even imagine how good this pie is unless you try it!

I guess you can’t even imagine how good this pie is unless you try it!

My boyfriend, who happened to be Italian, always wondered what do I have to do with all these apples and why on earth someone in general would like apples? When we moved to London, to this cold, humid and always windy place, where neither peaches nor figs grow, but die, I guess he understood. Apples are not just the fruits, they are the mood.
It is so amazing, you go to your garden, shake the trees, and then gather them. Or if you have no garden, all you neighbors passing by give you a box of rosy apples – because in severe St Petersburg climate apple trees are the only plant that for some mysterious reasons show fantastic productivity. You kitchen, and in a while the whole flat reminds the branch of the apple-refining factory, and when you pile the last for today apple you get a call from your mom, saying they gathered 15 boxes of apples and she is going to pass by to drop at least half of the trophies. From apple-lover you turned into an apple-maniac, you made chutneys, jams, compote, you start thinking if apples go well with the eggplants, or maybe spaghetti? And you use all your creative reserves to invent new pies. Your bf can’t consume this amount, you go around and give pies out to the neighbors, who so carelessly happen to give you apples… And then you sit next to the window, on your cozy sofa, under the warm blanket, and with tea, feeling the smell of the freshly-backed apple pie with cinnamon… And you are happy. You are the winner in this pitiless apple war.
Inspired by sweet, touching and funny post of GaH and several other bloggers, praising autumn 🙂
Butter_______225 grams
Sugar_______1 cup
Eggs_______ 2
Backing Powder__1 table spoon
Salt________1/2 teaspoon
Juice of a lemon
Flour_____ 3 ¼ – 3 ½ cups
Apples___ about 10
A little bit of lemon juice
Raisins___ a cup
Sugar____ ¼ cup
Cinnamon_ 1 ¼ teaspoons
1. Whisk butter with sugar till fluffy, approximately for 2 minutes.
2. Add eggs and keep on whisking till mixture is light and airy, so for approximately 3 more minutes. Add lemon juice and mix.
3. Combine flour with baking powder and salt and gradually add into the batter. It may require slightly more or less flour, so don’t add all at a time. The dough will come out very soft and not sticky.
4. Divide the dough into two parts, form squares, wrap into food cling and put into the fridge for at least two hours.
5. Pile the apples and cut the cores, dice into small pieces. Add lemon juice, raisins, sugar and cinnamon, mix well. You may try the feeling and adjust to your taste, adding cinnamon, sugar or lemon juice.
6. Grease the baking dish. Roll out one of the squares of dough and put in the baking dish. Put the apple feeling, spread equally. Roll out the second part of the dough; cover the pie and seal edges. Grease the top with water and sprinkle sugar. Make several cuts with a sharp knife.
7. Bake on 180C (350F) for 60-80 minutes. The ready pie will become golden.

24 thoughts on “The Most Amazing Apple Pie

  1. Yes apples are the mood! The mood of this crisper colder season warmed by baking! There are many orchards in my area growing several different varieties of apples. Thank you for the lovely imagery! 🙂

    • I’m sure you know about apple sauce, maybe under a different name? It’s a good way to process apples that fell of the tree and aren’t pretty and a bit damaged. I hate to throw food away, so I make apple sauce. Clean them, cut them in quarters, and boil them in a big pot with a tiny bit of water, just enough to prevent burn. Add a bit of lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon to taste, or none of it, depending on the apples and your sweet tooth. Wehn they are soft , press them through a sieve or food mill, which separates the peels and pits from the pulp. Ready to eat with pancakes (the crepe type), or waffles, or to freeze. You can also can it, but I’m usually freezing it. You can spread that sauce on a simple dough (with yeast) and bake it, or enjoy it as dessert. There are many uses.

      • LOVE it! and going to try – this year I am not doing any preservations, but still I’d like to have something at a hand for crepes or cooking. Thank you for the tip 🙂

  2. Mmmm… that looks terrible. I mean terribly yummy! 😀 Soooo, I am sitting here with my tub of coffe and nothing to gobble down with it…. I am comforting myself with image instead 😀
    Ps. That crust looks sooo smooth, crunchy and delish, well done! 🙂

    • Hej Hej Hej. Jag kan svenska verkligen bra, men inte norska (jag kunde men glömde bort :))
      Tak so mye! Oh, shit, that is a crazy mixture of all scandinavian languages 🙂 Thank you so much by your lovely comment!
      P.S. tub of coffee is never a bad company 😀

      • Hei! Så gøy (kul) at du kan svensk da, det var en uventet overraskelse! hihi 😀
        Found your blog interesting so I followed you, interesting reading and interesting images, especially since I can`t go anywhere, lol. I can instead gawk at your images and see something new 🙂

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