Sunday, 6 November 2011

Apple Pie

Now that it’s autumn and winter weather, it’s time to start making proper puddings. Biscuits and cupcakes are fabulous, but on a dark winter evening a hot pudding is just the thing. Warming dishes like steamed sponges, crumbles, self-saucing puddings, chocolate fondants and anything that can be served with custard really come in to their own. It’s the season of comfort food! For me pies are a perfect winter dish because, whilst they are tasty made with summer fruits, I think the classic Autumn double crust apple pie is very hard to beat._DSC0602This bake was perfect to help me get through the apple overload, using 10 (they’re are quite small). I made this after having some baking block and not really knowing what to make – in times like this it’s always best to return to simple favourites. Also with a classic dish I wanted to use a reliable recipe so I turned to the ever trustworthy Mary Berry. The recipe comes from her book How to Cook which we’ve had for a while but I've shamefully only used once before for tomato soup! The recipe had complete step-by-step pictures and I only altered the recipe slightly by adding a tablespoon of cinnamon to the apples (because apples and cinnamon is always a winning flavour combination) and using butter instead of margarine for the pastry._DSC0596I was a little wary as the pastry doesn’t have any sugar in, but when the pie is served you don’t notice – the apple filling and obligatory serving accompaniment of custard makes it sweet enough. The pastry was crisp, the apples were soft with just enough cinnamon spice and overall the pie was very welcomed on a cold and drizzly evening. You can find the recipe here – enjoy!_DSC0654

11 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A splendid pie! I love comforting winter puds.

Cheers,

Rosa

La Table De Nana said...

I have always commented on your culinary talents:) But I must say your writing talents are excellent also..
the pie looks great:)

James said...

Nice pastry work!
Mary Berry was my first turn-to as well when I was a tween cook.
If you want to make a toffee apple pie you can make the banoffee filling from here: http://www.carnation.co.uk/recipes/pies-and-tarts/banoffee-pie and spoon it into the pie filling before adding the apples. Good if you have a sweet tooth.

manu said...

Beautiful pie!

The Caked Crusader said...

Looks great. I love a double crust pie - I'm always so disappointed if it just has a top crust!

Faith said...

Such a lovely pie, Lucy! I'm on apple overload too and currently trying to find new ways to use them up. :)

Kezia said...

I agree - autumn/winter is definitely the season for comfort food. Love the look of your apple pie!

Anne said...

I agree on adding cinnamon, was made for apples!

The pie looks really good, jam packed with lovely apple filling!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Absolutely beautiful pie! looks so delicious and as if it should be in super bakery :)
Maryx

sixteencupcakes said...

I shouldn't have looked at your blog, right after dinner, when I'm craving dessert /: haha.
It looks fab!

Beka said...

Good day Lucy! After a year or so I stumble back on your blog, wow! Your baking is fantastic. You've really become a big thing in the internet world. Congrats on all the sponsored books.

A great investment for you would be good photography equipment so that your photos would be top-notch. As it is they're pretty good already.

Congrats from Beka's Bakery