Sunday, 28 October 2012

Apple Pie

This was a Nigel Slater number from the November Sainsbury's Magazine, where he used pears. I needed a back-up for my dinner party dessert Bailey's Cheesecake, as it wasn't looking promising and I had pledged to bring dessert. Slighty risky as I'd only made pastry once before, and all I had left were apples...

Still, it worked out well. Quickly make the pastry by mixing butter, flour, caster sugar and an egg yolk. Chill that for a bit, then roll it out into a tart tin, keeping the cut-offs to make the lattice later. Chill this again, then make the filling by peeling and slicing the apples, and cooking them for 10 minutes in a saucepan with some butter and sugar, until they are soft. Put this mixture in the pastry tin and brush over some of the butter from the pan. Sprinkle a little nutmeg and some flaked almonds over the top, and a little sugar. Mess about with the remaining pastry and make some sort of a lattice - or just scatter the shards over the top if it's easier. 
Bake for about 40 minutes, brushing some butter or milk on the pastry towards the end to help it brown a little better. Leave it to cool before slicing and eating with ice cream!

Oh, and no soggy bottom!