Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What do you do when you have too many apples?

Make an apple pie of course!

It was RG's birthday and I wanted to bake him something. Seeing that I have got more apples than we can possibly chew...I decided on an apple pie.

I've never baked an apple pie before 'cos it seems so leychey. But we are in America, where there are quick easy solutions to all of our problems.

A quick stopover at the supermarket and I've got all the necessary stuffs to put together an apple pie in the quickest time and with the least effort.

Although the pie didn't look as beautiful as those in Martha's magazines, it tasted great. Most importantly, the birthday boy loved it!

One 9" pie crust
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of water
6-8 apples - peeled, cored and sliced into thin pieces
1 box of apple crisp (8.50z)
5 tablespoons of butter (slightly melted)

Preheat oven to 425F
Melt butter in a sauce pan and stir in flour. Add white sugar, brown sugar and water. Bring the mixture to boil and then reduce temperature to allow it to simmer for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill the crust with the sliced apples. Then pour the mixture over the apples.
Bake for 15 minutes at 425F.
Prepare the apple crisp mixture by rubbing in the slightly melted butter into the mix with your fingers until even.
Remove the apple pie from the oven after 15 min and spread the apple crisp mixture evenly over the pie.
Return the pie to the oven to bake at 350F for another 30-35min.

The Americans seem to like their desserts really sweet. If you don't like it too sweet, you can probably reduce the sugar quantities to just 1/3 cup each (it also depends on how sweet/sour your apples are). You can also make your own pie crust and pie topping. I'm just too lazy to do so. You can also place another piece of pie crust over the apples instead of using the crisp. I like the crisp 'cos it gives the pie a crunchy texture.

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