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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Two Apple Pie Recipes



Harvest was plentiful this year. We had pears, plums, red currants, hazelnuts, tomatoes... and apples. Additionally, a friend gave us apples from her garden and I was busy making apple pie, and some more apple pie. I give you two recipes for apple pie because they're both wonderful and I just couldn't make a choice.

Polish apple pie



One is from my friend Kora and she kindly gave me permission to post the recipe here. It is a Polish recipe, the cake is called "szarlotka" (charlotte), and it has a crusty bottom and merengue on top. It is also extremely delicious- and easy!

Heat up the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

You will need:

For the dough:

3 cups flour
200g butter
5 egg yolks
0,5 cups sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
1,5 baking powder

For the filling: 5-6 apples, grated (+some lemon juice if needed)

For the merengue: 5 egg whites, 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon potatoe meal or maizena.

Mix together the ingredients for the dough and form a ball. Distribute 2/3 of the dough on a baking tray, cover evenly with grated apples and add the merengue on top. Grate the remaining 1/3 dough on top of the cake.

Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, but check after 50 minutes. The cake I made was somewhat too crumbly, but still delicious!

German covered apple pie



This is my MIL's recipe, and it is wonderful. I asked her to write it own for me and made it a while ago with our apples-delicious! The interesting thing about this cake is that it is covered with a layer of dough and the apples are underneath. I think if you skip the sugar in this recipe, you will get a nice dough for quiche- then of course you will have to change the filling as well. I wish I had a better photo of the cake, this was taken with my mobile phone. I wanted to take a picture with my camera, but it was gone before I could!

For the dough:

300g flour
1 egg
4 tablespoon sour cream
150g butter or margarine
125g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar

For the filling:
1kg acid apples
100g sugar
1 lemon
50g crashed almonds
50 grams raisins (golden raisins are best but others work as well)
1 egg yolk
1-2 teaspoons milk

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius

Mix together flour, egg, sour cream, butter, sugar and vanilla sugar and set asied in a cold place for an hour. Peel the apples, remove the seeds and cut them into thin stripes. Add sugar, lemon zest and juice, cover and set aside.

Roll out the dough on a surface covered with flour. Cut out two circles- they should be as big as the form. Put one circle into the form and using a fork, cut little holes into it. If you have leftover dough scraps, press them on the sides of the form. Add almonds, raisins to the apple mixture and add to the form. Put the other dough circle on the pie s cover. Also cut little holes using a fork. Mix egg yolk and milk and "paint" the dough with it. If you have leftover dough scraps, roll them out and cut decorations out of them.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. If you think the pie is baking too quickly, use a layer of aluminium foil to put over the cake.

Carefully take the cake out of its form and let cool. Serve with whipped cream (I didn't because the pie is delicious as it is).

Enjoy!

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2 comments:

  1. How interesting! Our Charlotka has a different recipe! I love making apple pies and should write about it as well. We don't get very nice apples here though.

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    1. Hi Varya, thank you for stopping by. There seem to be many recipes for charlotka, and some of them don't include apples, and some of them are made without merengue! As for apple pies I love them and was looking for a good apple pie recipe, and couldn't find any, but these two are pretty much my favourites!

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