Ah! 1st of May. My favourite month. The start of the new season. Spring. It’s the time when flowers bloom, grass turns greener and days gets brighter. But today, it actually snowed a little bit here in Oslo. But it didn’t last long. It was mostly like wet snow. And rain. But I guess it’s fine. It’ll just help water the ground so the plants and trees and grass grows quicker.
I’m excited to make new sugar flower arrangements, design and bake floral, fruity, and spring inspired cakes.
But first, I want to share a quick and easy apple pie. I know, apple pies are more like an autumn kind of desert, the warm apple pie filling with that warming flavours of cinnamon and brown sugar and that delicious buttery flaky crust.
Well, I think it is delicious anytime of the year. Especially when enjoyed with a big scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. I like to have at least 2 big scoops with my apple pie. Just because… 🙂
Ok, I have to be honest. I also want to share this recipe because I want to brag about how beautiful the pictures that I have taken of this apple pie I made. I’m so proud of myself that I managed to take these reeeaaally nice pictures. It looks like they’re taken from the pages of a food magazine or a cookbook. Ahahaha
I’m so happy that I am learning new stuff. I’m learning how to take better photographs of my food/deserts/cakes. 🙂
This apple pie is so easy that you can just whip and bake it just even after your dinner or just anytime you crave for something yummy and delish.
It starts with the easiest apple pie filling with a very few ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. Apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon. That’s it! Oh! And a ready store bought puff pastry. Yes, store bought. I said easy, right?! 🙂
With just those few ingredients, you make this!
Just look at that yummy, sugary golden crunchy crust and the fluffy layers of the puff pastry. And of course that warm apple and cinnamon filling.
Anyways, here’s the recipe.
Easy Apple Pie
4 Apples, peeled and sliced
60g Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, lightly packed
2 tsp Cinnamon
Box of store bought puff pastry
Demerara Sugar for sprinkling
1 Egg, mixed with 1 tablespoon water for brushing (egg wash)
- Preheat oven to 190*C
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the apples and cook until tender
- Add the sugar and cinnamon and stir. Cook until the apples are soft and has produced a “caramel sauce”. (see picture above; mine produced quite a lot of liquid. But that’s fine it will thicken as it cools.)
- Place in a bowl or a shallow dish and let cool.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry to designed size. The ones I buy here in Oslo is a rectangular. For the “deep dish” pie (first picture), I sliced a “frame from the rectangle pastry and stick it to the edges of another sheet of pastry using egg wash.
- Fill with a good amount of the apple pie filling.
- Brush the edges with the egg wash and sprinkle with Demerara sugar.
- Bake for about 15-17 minutes until golden brown and the pastry has puffed up well.
- For the Apple Pie Pockets (last picture), Roll out the pastry to desired size and fill with the cooled apple pie filling. Just enough that it doesn’t overflow or slide on the sides. Brush the sides with egg wash and lace another rolled out pastry in the same size on top. Using your fingers or a fork, crimp the sides of the pie.
- Slice a few slits in top (so the steam inside the pie can blow out while baking). Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with Demerara sugar.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden brown and the pastry has puffed up well.
- Take out of the oven, let cool for about 5 minutes.
- Using a fine mesh sieve, sprinkle confectioners sugar on top.
- Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This apple pie can be frozen for until 3 months. Just let it cool completely, pack it good with plastic and store in an airtight container before freezing. To warm it up, place the frozen pie in the fridge and let thaw for about 2 hours. Then reheat in a 180*C oven for about 10 minutes.
Try this. And tell me what you think. Don’t forget to tag me @sugarboyed or use the hashtag #sugarboyed
Have a nice day. 🙂