The Most Amazing Apple Pie

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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 🙂
Dough:
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
Feeling:
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.
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Simili Apple Pie

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Sisters Simili are twins from Bologna, who are famous for their recipes, based on the ancient food traditions of Bologna.

Time of preparation: 60 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
  • Flour______150 grams
  • Baking Powder_1 teaspoon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Butter_____50 grams
  • Sugar_____ 120 grams
  • Eggs______3
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk_______100 ml
  • Apples____1kg
  • Cinnamon__________1/2 teaspoon

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Viennese Apple Strudel

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This recipe is more than 100 years old one Austrian family's treasure

This recipe is more than 100 years old one Austrian family’s treasure

It’s not the classic strudel – in this version the dough is simpler. Nevertheless, this old recipe is amazing! The recipe is taken from http://www.fairiesandco.com/
Time of preparation: 100 minutes Difficulty: Middle
Ingredients:
For dough:
  • Flour______200 grams
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Butter_____100 grams
  • Sugar_____ 3 tablespoons
  • Yolk_______1
  • Pinch of salt
  • White wine_1 tablespoon
  • Milk_______1 tablespoon
For filling:
  • Sweet&sour apples__400 grams
  • Brown sugar_______ 3 tablespoons
  • Raisins____________40 grams
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon__________1/2 teaspoon
  • Walnuts____________2 tablespoons
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Rhum______________1 tablespoon
  • Breadcrumbs_______ 2 tablespoons
  • Raspberry jam______ 2 tablespoons
  • Egg white__________ 1
In the morning I had two unexpected guests: one was chasing the other in hope to get some piece of food the latter was eating. I have an eternal love to squirrels, so immediately I gave them all my nuts and all the rest which in my understanding squirrels can eat (actually they could eat a lot and were slightly on a fat side). AsI had no camera I decided to post here a picture or a Vienna squirrel I met in the Schoenbrunn park.

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Cinnamon Squares

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A tempting combination of chocolate, cinnamon and coffee

A tempting combination of chocolate, cinnamon and coffee

Time of preparation: 60 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
  • Sugar________1.25 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon____1 tablespoon + 2.5 teaspoons
  • Instant coffe__1.5 teaspoon
  • Flour________ 1.75 cups
  • Baking powder_2 teaspoons
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk_________2/3 cup
  • Eggs________2
  • Vanilla extract_1/2 teaspoon
  • Butter________140 grams of butter
  • Bittersweet dark chocolate_90 grams
For glazing (optionally)
  • Bittersweet dark chocolate_175 grams
  • Butter________ 35 grams

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Linzer Torte

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This recipe was inherited from an Austrian girl - so it is a "correct" Linzer Torte

This recipe was inherited from an Austrian girl – so it is a “correct” Linzer Torte

Time of preparation:  90 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
  • Flour_____250 grams
  • Almonds__100 grams
  • English Wallnuts_50grams
  • Cinnamon_1 teaspoon
  • Cloves___1/2 of a teaspoon
  • Sugar____ 3 tablespoons
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Butter____200 grams
  • Egg______1
  • Red current jam_300 grams*
*I used blackberry jam

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