It's been a couple of weeks since I posted about anything I've made or baked myself, even though I've definitely been cooking! FYI guys, last week I got the new Nigella book, Kitchen, and it is frikkin' awesome! A massive thank-you to Sandra for pre-ordering it for me! I've been absolutely loving it and cooking heaps of recipes. I have to stop myself from writing too much about it right now, but as you can tell, I'm really excited, and can't wait to post about it in more detail! (It sure has been ages since I cooked heaps out of a Nigella book. Does anyone still remember my project?)
Now, obviously this recipe is not from Kitchen, but one I cobbled together myself, after some insistent requests at my house for an apple dessert. Who was I to refuse?
I used the pastry recipe from Nigella's cherry pie (How to Eat), which I've also used recently for a cherry and apple pie. Made it all by hand, thank-you very much, because I don't have a processor at my new place. (Yet!) It was actually a lot easier to work with than my previous attempts and didn't fall apart or break on me - perhaps because I did it by hand rather than processor I didn't overwork it? Either way, I was able to roll it out thinly with no problems.
|Filled with almond meal|
I probably could have gone a bit higher with the apples - in Donna's book she fills it up super-high, almost triple the height of the pie, but I think this is more for cosmetic reasons than for taste.
Then it was a matter of putting on the pastry lid, sealing the edges and trimming it nicely!
|Topping the pie|
In the oven for a short while, sprinkled it with castor sugar, and then it was time for pie. *Bow-chicka-wow-wow!*
I love the billowing top of the pie. My edges were a bit wonky, but I think it adds to the rustic charm. I actually found it quite hard to seal the pastry because I rolled it out so thinly and it was in a shallow tin. You'll see the first time I made a pie with this pastry, I used the same tin but had the pastry much thicker. It not only looked prettier, but I thought it tasted better the first time. Y'all know I'm a biscuit / pastry fiend! The more crunchy pastry goodness, the better! The second time I made a pie this pastry, it was a larger tin, but still thinly rolled, which I think worked well apart from the dodgy looking edges!
I served the pie with vanilla ice-cream sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. (Got the idea from seeing the Löwenbräu "Christmas in July" dinner on ChocolateSuze's and Helen's blogs.) I double checked with Ze German, she confirmed that they do it back home in Germany - approved!
|Cinnamon sprinkled vanilla ice-cream|
And let's have a look inside the pie: mega apple chunks, light flaky pastry and a hint of cinnamon. (Or a "tinge" of cinnamon, as my Malaysian mum would say!)
I think it looks quite good with the big chunks of apple and billowing top (like a pastry version of Southern Cross railway station, hehe), but after eating the pie, I must say I prefer a grated or pureed filling. And as mentioned above, I'd prefer a thicker pastry. Doughy goodness - yes please! I had half of the pastry leftover, so I could easily have gone for thicker pastry. But despite all my nitpicking, it was actually a rather fabulous pie, and was ecstactically received.
I'm sure no-one will complain, however, if I start working on perfecting my apple pie. Any volunteer tasters?