We would like to thank Robert Allen for his Apple Pies Recipe.
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 30 minutes
- Yield : 10
Pre-heat oven to 170 C, 325 F, Gas mark 3.1. Peel and slice the apples into a large bowl. Work quickly as the apples will discolour.2. Add a little water and cook in the microwave (700W for approximately 10 minutes stirring several times. This helps to break down the apple.)3. Using a fork, stir and break down any large lumps of apple, then cook for a further 2 minutes. The apple should be soft without being too puréed.4. Add a little sugar, mix together and allow to cool completely.5. Make the pastry.Rub the butter into the flour between your finger tips and thumbs, then add the sugars and rub this in. This helps to break down any lumps of butter that may be left.6. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg. Using a knife, mix together until all the ingredients form a ball of dough. If necessary add a little cold water to help bind. Don’t over work the dough.7. Flatten the pastry, wrap in cling film, and chill in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes.8. Roll out the pastry to about 3mm thick. Using a 10cm pastry cutter, cut out 6 inserts and press firmly but carefully into a deep muffin tin. Leave the overlay of pastry.9. Sprinkle a little dried semolina into the case, then fill each one with apple to just below the tops with the cooled apple.10. Cut out 6 pastry lids with a 8cm cutter. Slightly dampen the pastry edges with a little water. Place the lids on the pies and lightly press the edges together. Use a plastic dough scraper, to remove the excess pastry (keep this).
Tip: Dip your finger in flour and carefully rub around to join, to create a seamless edge.
11. Bake to 170 C fan 325 F, Gas mark 3 for 17-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave for 5 mins. Carefully remove the pies from the muffin tin and place the pies on a cooling rack. (I place baking parchment on the cooling rack, to stand the pies on).12. Dust the pies with a little Cinnamon Swirl Icing Sugar. Repeat the process, making a further 6 pies.Serve warm with custard or lightly whipped double cream.YouTube video tutorial for the Apple Pies can be found here: https://youtu.be/rbjTeqafU00.