Recipe

Apple pie

You'll understand the origins of the saying "easy as apple pie" after you make this delicious version of the old favourite. The satisfaction of knowing you made it from scratch will be surpassed only by the taste.

  • 1 hr 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

  • 10 medium apples (1.5kg)
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar, extra
Pastry
  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup (35g) cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1/4 cup (30g) custard powder
  • 1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar
  • 100 grams (3 ounces) cold butter, chopped coarsely
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) iced water

Method

Make pastry
  • 1
    Process dry ingredients with butter until crumbly. Add egg yolk and the water; process until combined. Knead on a floured surface until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Peel, core and slice apples thickly. Place apples and the water in
    a large saucepan; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until apples soften. Drain; stir in sugar, rind
    and cinnamon. Cool.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F. Grease a deep 25cm (10-inch)
    pie dish.
  • 4
    Divide pastry in half. Roll one half between sheets of baking paper until large enough to line dish. Lift pastry into dish; press into base and side. Spoon apple mixture into pastry case; brush edge with egg white.
  • 5
    Roll remaining pastry until large enough to cover filling;
    lift onto filling. Press edges together; trim away excess pastry. Brush pastry with egg white; sprinkle with extra sugar.
  • 6
    Bake pie for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 180°C/350°F; bake for
    a further 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

Make sure the apple filling has drained well and cooled to room temperature before you add it to the pastry case. Brushing
the pastry case first with a little of the egg white before you add the filling will also help stop the apples from making the pastry soggy.

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