Well I felt a bit nostalgic last week and remembered when I was courting (is that an expression still used today?) Christine back in 1969/70.
Back then I baked an all American Apple Pie with the usual spices to woo her. I also I remember making my own shortcrust pastry as well (ready made sheets of pastry didn’t exist). Christine loved it, and obviously me since we got married and are still together today.
I thought it would be nice to have another go but couldn’t find my original recipe so I did what we all do when we need to find anything. Searched the Internet. I then browsed through my vast collection of cookery books and settled for basing my pie on Delia Smith’s fruit pie recipe.
So here is what I did.
Raided the freezer and found a couple of ready made shortcrust sheets and defrosted them, nipped down to the Market and bought a bowl of Bramleys for £1.
I cored and pealed all 8 of them, phew, sliced them and put them in the wok with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, a handful of sultanas and a splash of water.
This was boiled then simmered for about 10 or 15 mins until the apples were cooked. I tested for sweetness and spice and adjusted accordingly.
They were left aside to cool while I greased a pie dish and lined it with 1 pastry sheet. I thought about blind baking the base before adding the fruit but didn’t (maybe I should have since the base was a bit soggy).
When the apples were added to the lined pie dish I brushed the edges of the pastry base with water and then covered the pie with the other sheet, pressing the edges together. I cut an opening on the top to let the steam out while cooking.
The top was then brushed with milk and dusted with caster sugar and put in the preheated oven at 200c for about 30 mins. I needed to put a sheet of foil over the top towards the end to prevent it burning.
It was served hot with double cream.
But it wasn’t as nice as the one I made all those years ago, however it was lovely just to eat, smiling at each other while we reminisced.
If you would like the recipe please check it out on my blog at www.jacksrecipes22.wordpress.com.