Life of (Apple) Pie

After procrastinating for the longest time I finally decided to bake the apple pie. A little inspiration came from my team mate Anjum so I decided to treat the family members and colleagues to a nice old fashioned Apple Pie. I Googled the recipe which mentioned Granny Smith apples (green apples). Although these apples are juicer yet I decided to stick to the normal apples available in the local market. Frankly I felt a bit lazy to get up and walk down to the supermarket. 
There are 1 crore 10 lakhs and 25 thousand apple pie recipes available on the net (okay, I might not be that accurate) Mine is no different hence I decided to click pictures of every step to make the life a bit easier for the readers. 
So, here you go….


For pastry (makes two 10 inch pie crusts)
All purpose flour                                               4 cups (approx 500 gms)
White butter (straight out of the fridge)              250 gms
Salt                                                                  1 tsp
Chilled water                                                    1/2 cup
For filling
Apples (medium sized)                                    5
Sugar                                                              1 cup
Lemon Juice                                                    2 tsp
Cinnamon powder                                           11/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder                                              1 tsp
All purpose flour                                             1/4 cup
Butter/Ghee                                                    2 tbsp
Egg yolk                                                         1
Milk                                                               1 tbsp
For pastry         
Mix all purpose flour and salt in a dish. Cut slices of butter in it till it becomes a little grainy.
Add water slowly and keep mixing till it forms a ball. Wrap it in a cling foil or aluminium foil and keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 220 degree celcius.

For the filling
Peel and slice the apples and toss them in lemon juice.

Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg powder in a bowl and coat the apples with this mixture.

Sprinkle some flour on a flat, dry surface. Break the pastry dough into two balls. Roll each to make a 10 inch crust.

Place 1 crust in the pie dish and dot with butter. i used ghee which works equally good.

Pour the filling in the pie crust.

Cover it with the second pie crust and seal the corners.

Make cuts on the top crust to let the heat in. Beat the egg yolk and milk in a bowl and brush it over the top crust.

Bake at 220 C for 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to 180 C and bake for 45 minutes.
Let it cool on the frame.

Cut a nice slice and serve.

Dig in and be happy.

Merry Christmas!

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