Recipe

Apple and pear pie

This country style classic has a thick buttery crust and is jam packed with lightly spiced stewed fruits - delightful!

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Filling
  • 4 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced
  • 4 corella pears, peeled, cored, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 teaspoons extra
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, finely grated rind
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • ice-cream, to serve
Crust
  • 2 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 250 gram cold butter, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon water

Method

Crust
  • 1
    Sift flour into a large bowl. Stir sugar and almond meal in. Rub butter in using fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • 2
    Add egg and enough water to form a firm, pliable dough. Knead lightly. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Make filling.
  • 4
    Preheat oven to hot, 200°C. Lightly grease a 25cm pie plate.
  • 5
    Roll out 2/3 pastry between 2 sheets baking paper until 0.5cm thick. Ease into plate. Chill for 15 minutes. Trim and decorate edges. Prick base with a fork. Place pie dish on a baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool. Spoon filling into pastry case.
  • 6
    Roll out remaining pastry until large enough to cover pie. Brush pie edges with egg-white. Cover with pastry, trimming edge.
  • 7
    Brush top with egg white and sprinkle with extra sugar. Cut slits in pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to moderately slow, 160°C.
  • 8
    Bake for a further 20 minutes until golden. Serve warm, in wedges, with icecream if desired.
Filling
  • 9
    In a large saucepan, combine fruit with water,sugar, cinnamon and rind. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 4-5 minutes until almost tender. Drain excess liquid. Cool.

Notes

Cover edges of pastry with foil if it becomes too brown, and continue baking as directed.

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