Apple Pie for Ben!

DSC_0574Yesterday was my brother Ben’s birthday. He isn’t really a dessert person, especially not chocolate!  But if there is one dessert that he loves to use, it’s something with apples. Ben’s a great cook he makes amazing schnitzel, his pizza is always a favorite and he makes a mean apple pie too. Just so you guys understand Ben’s love for pie goes along way. He and my dad drove down the American East Coast on a hunt after small diners with homemade pies. Today I won’t be making he’s recipe, instead I will be making a tribute pie.

Happy Birthday Ben!

And always remember that if you don’t bake you can take: bakersntakers@gmail.com

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 192 grams of margarine melted
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • A pinch of salt

Apple Filling:

  • 4-6 apples (depending on the size)
  • 2 tbls of flour
  • 2 tspn of cinnamon
  • 2 tspn of vanilla
  • ½ a cup of brown sugar

20130205_164527Great pies are fun and can be made in so many different ways. And the even more wonderful thing about pies, is that the dough is so versatile . This recipe makes a lot of dough, you can freeze it and use it anytime you like.

In addition this recipe is very easy. I had only 4 small apples so I went for a mini-pie.

First things first, make the apples, core, peel and slice them. Put them in a large bowl and add the flour, 20130205_171555cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly with your hand and then place them in the refrigerator until later use.

Now for the dough: place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. You can mix with your hand, but I put mine in the electric mixer for a head start and then decided to get my hands dirty. Even if you do use a 20130205_174251mixer you will need to move to kneading the dough by hand at some point. Not fun I know, but it is pie!

Preheat the oven to 180c or 356f.

On to the fun part, flour your counter top generously, take half of your batter and start rolling away. You can keep going until you get about a quarter of an inch crust. Lay it out in your pie pan, and make sure you’re dough is covering the rim of the pan. Since the dough (I like to call it) sweats and there for shrinks in the oven. You will see it20130205_175416 when you take it out. No need to pam the pan! You can egg wash your crust if you’d like. Since I know so many vegans and don’t know when they will stop by, I try to make the recipes that I can vegan approved. Now pop that crust into the oven for 10 minutes and you can work onto the pie “blanket”.

I have this awesome cookie cutter type thing so that’s what I used but you can do want ever you want. Once your 10 minutes are up take out of the pie crust and place your apples inside. Pack them all in, the more the merrier! Place your “blanket” on top and put it back in the oven. Leave it in for 35-40 minutes, until it’s a beautiful golden brown color.1360083026761

Now since I was leaving it vegan I didn’t do this, but you can take the rest of your egg wash and brash it over the top of your “blanket”. It is delicious!DSC_0574

And that’s pretty much it!

And always remember if you don’t bake you can take: bakersntakers@gmail.com

Enjoy!

Vivs 😉

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LilySP@aol.com
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 03:18:56

    Great tribute to Ben…and you are a terrific sister!!!

    Reply

  2. Tamara
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 13:33:18

    Yum – send one my way please!

    Reply

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