Monday, 14 January 2013

Apple Pie (Eggless)

An Apple a day keeps the doctor away!!

Ever wondered why an apple manages to keep the doctor away. What about oranges, banana or for that matter the other fruits...who do they keep away!! 
Well on that humorous note, let us be reminded of the time proven benefits of the wonder and easily available fruit-Apple. Enriched with flavonoids, phenols, phytonutrients and Vit C, it helps prevent heart disease, cancers, tooth decay, neurodegerative diseases, reduces Diabetes and high blood pressure and helps to strengthen our immune system.
Baking Partners theme for this month is Pies. Though we had both sweet and savoury recipes, I chose the traditional Apple pie suggested by Gayathri of Gayathri's Cookspot.  The original recipe calls for the use of eggs but I skipped them to get a eggless crispy Apple pie. 
I have modified the cooking style by pre-baking the pie shell and then adding the cooked apples lined with a lattice arrangement of the remaining pastry and then baking them. 


Ingredients: I have modified the amount of the recipe to get a 6" tart

Pie shell:
  • 1/2 cup+4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 30 gms unsalted butter cubes(cold)
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk
  • A little cold water for kneading
Filling:
  • 2 medium apples 
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar (powdered)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Procedure:

Pie shell:
Take flour in a bowl, add butter and rub lightly into flour with your fingertips till the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add sugar, milk and cold water (1 tbsp at a time) and knead the mixture to get a smooth dough.
Wrap in a plastic sheet and refrigerate for half an hour.
Take out the dough (reserve some for the topping)and roll it with a rolling pin on a floured surface. Roll it roughly to a circle with 1/8" thickness. 
Gently press the dough down so that it lines the bottom and sides of the tart tin. Trim excess dough.
Make holes on the sides and bottom with a fork and refrigerate for another half an hour.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Bake the tarts for 15-20 mins or till they get a light brown colour. Take them out and let them cool.
For a step by step illustration of the above steps please refer here


Filling:
Peel and core the apples. Chop them in pieces and toss immediately with lemon juice to prevent discolouration.
Place the butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. When butter has melted, add the apples and cinnamon powder. 
Stir to coat. 



Assembly:
Place the filling in the prepared pie shell with a slotted spoon to drain the excess liquid. 
Reduce the liquid in a saucepan over medium heat to a thick consistency. Now add this thickened fragrant liquid over the chopped apples.
Roll the reserved dough and cut thin strips. Place them on the pie shell with the filling in a lattice arrangement(crisscross) Trim excess. Refrigerate for half an hour(helps the dough to set and prevents shrinkage)

Lattice arrangement
Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius. Bake the pie or 15-20 mins or till the pastry on top gets a light brown colour.



Enjoy a slice plopped with a dollop of icecream or just like that. You will love the crispness of the pastry with the squishy squashy sweetened and fragrant apples!

Happy Pie Eating
Amrita

69 comments:

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    1. Thank you Vimitha, it sure was a delicious treat

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  2. Lovely!!! It's turned out real well!! One question - when you bake the shell first and then put the lattice on top, does it stick to the base and seal it off? Love your lattice work, very neat :-)

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    1. Thanks dear. The lattice does stick to the base pretty well and gets sealed off, you just need to chill the pie before baking to prevent any shrinkage and thus breaking of the lattice work.

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  3. I love apple pie...this looks so delicious...

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    1. Thanks Julie for always encouraging me.

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  5. Hi Amrita, your apple pie look so addictive and yummy! Love the lattice, you did very well. Very neat and tidy. :)

    Have a nice week ahead.

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    1. Hi Amelia, thanks for liking my very first attempt at making an apple pie.

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  6. WOW!!!!! Amrita... u hav made this pie look sooo pretty. I love the fact that it is eggless,I am definitely trying this :) Bookmarked! :)

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    1. Thanks Nandita, do try it. You will definitely be pleased

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  7. Looks neat and perfectly made,yum pie

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  8. Beautiful pie and so perfectly done, after seeing this i sure want to try it soon

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    1. Thank you Priya, you have the kindest words

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  9. Very neat presentation... like ur apple pie a lot ;)

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  10. Delicious apple pie Amritha you did very well. I love your idea of prebaking the pie crust.

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    1. Thanks Swathi, blind baking worked very well for me.

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  11. Lovely pie.it turned out very well.

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  12. Wow..perfect and lovely looking pie...

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    1. Thanks Reshmi, I would now like to try the tart you made!!

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  13. Mindblowing and super cute and neatly done pie, love to have a slice.

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  14. Your pie is beautifully done! Love the lattice.

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    1. Mich, you have always been so super supportive. Thanks a ton

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  15. Deletable pies..Perfectly made..Love it..

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    1. Thank you Saraswathi, enjoyed making it.

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  16. Looks beautiful, the lattice is so nicely done.

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  17. wow very well done looking so cute!!! delicious too!!!

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  18. I've never baked this type of pie. I like your eggless pie and the lattice is very nice.
    Cheers from Spain.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Marisa and loving my humble attempt.

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  19. You did an awesome job with this eggless apple pie, Amrita! It looks super delicious!

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    1. Thanks Tina, I super loved your tarts

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  20. you have done so well, perfectly done., looks very inviting and delicious..,

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    1. Thank you Jayasri, it was lots of fun

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  21. Beautifully done Amritha! Looks so picture perfect :)

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  22. first nice cliks...2nd neat writeup n 3rd yummy pie..ni words more dear

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    1. You are showering the most sweetest words, thanks for the support

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  23. This apple pie looks fantastic!!!!!!!!! I am glad that i found your blog!

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    2. Thank you for liking my humble blog

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  24. Wow dear this looks so good..You have done it so beautifully :)

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  25. Perfectly delicious looking pie!

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  26. Very well done Amritha! nice work and lovely clicks too. will try soon

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    1. Thank you Swasthi, I am sure you will do a far better job.

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  27. Amrita the apple pie pops have to wait, I am baking up something admist a very busy schedule at workplace for our 6th wedding anniversary. And i am really nervous since I am making a chocolate collar for the first time :D loved your blog btw... and Have added you to my g+ gorgeous pie you have there!

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    1. Hi Poonam, my my your baking ideas leave me drooling..chocolate collar sounds too decadent. Will await your creation.

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  28. Hi Amrita,

    Your apple pies look so perfectly made! Can't tell that it is eggless as the pastry look firm and hold perfectly well :D

    Zoe

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    1. Thanks Zoe, I always like to make my tart/pie dough eggless. Have always got super crispy pastry from this recipe. Glad you liked

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  29. hi amrita.nice blog.first time here.happy to follow you.check my space when you have time

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    1. Hi Ramya, thanks for dropping by. Will surely love to check your space.

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  30. Hi Amrita, happy to know you from SNC. Perfect and wonderfully baked apple pie dear. Please do visit my space whenever you have time. Thanks in advance. A am also from Bengal. Same essence here....

    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.com

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  31. looks yummm, delicious & mouthwatering....
    Tasty Appetite

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