I tell you. There’s no break time in my kitchen. I ran out of LPG (thank goodness, I have a spare one), thought it’ll be a great excuse to curl up in bed the rest of the afternoon. But, then, the little girl remembers what I had promised yesterday. That, I’m gonna try baking a pie today. That girl, for one, has a sharp memory. She’ll never stop buggering you until you do what you promised her. Hayz!
Well, for one, I did promised a pie because it’s been days that I am craving for one. So, here goes…
Starting out, I’m stuck as to what pie it shall be…When I did saw the apples in the fruit tray…sige na nga…APPLE PIE it shall be…
Paano ba? A, ewan…bahala na si batman…si superman…o si spiderman…si avengers kaya?…ay, kahit si thor na lang…
Basta bahala na…Let’s make some pie…
I’ll be needing:
FOR THE BASIC PIE CRUST
2 cups flour
1/3 portion of the butter (as seen in the photo below)
half cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
half teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
FOR THE FILLING:
4 medium sized apples (tig-sampung piso^_^)
half cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
pinch of salt
a dash of cinnamon
vanilla extract (optional)
1. Start with the crust. Pie crust or dough making is very intimidating. Palpak in some recipes I made. Crossing my fingers this will do well. Cut the butter in smaller portions, add the flour, add salt and sugar. Work with your hands until it resembles coarse meal.
For some tips: In making doughs or crusts, work with your hands…work cold (READ: Butter comes from the fridge)…and work fast. If not, butter will melt and will make your crust too mushy. It’ll be difficult to roll.
2. After mixing, form into a ball and place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, it is best at this time to preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
4. Now for the filling. This is the fun part. Because it’s so easy to make this filling. No need to cook. Just cut up the apples in whatever cut you desire. Added tip. Soak the cut apples in water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to prevent browning.
5. Place the apples in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients. I use brown sugar instead of white. Hmmm, they say it’s healthier, so be it. nakikiuso lang^_^. Of the cinnamon, I had second thoughts about it, because my kids didn’t like the aroma of cinnamon. So, I just use only a small pinch. Besides, I don’t wanna overpower the taste of the apples. Same with the vanilla. I always wanted the aroma of vanilla in baked foodies. I would never want to miss even two small drops only And, oh, why do I add flour into the filling? It will act as thickener. That’s it. Filling is ready. No cooking needed. Saves time…saves me gas, too.
6. The hardest part in making pie crust for me? The rolling…but in the end, sans the photos (kitchen’s a mess when rolling doughs, I must say), here’s the pie…READY FOR BAKING…
7. Just seal the ends by pushing ends of the fork. I vividly remember how I escaped my cooking class in high school. Yay!
8. Before placing the pie in the oven, don’t forget to brush the top with egg yolk and sprinkle sugar on it. It’ll keep your pie achieved a glaze and golden color. Also, do not forget to make tusok-tusok (feeling konyo lang^_^) to serve as steam vents for the pie.
9. Baking in the oven for 35-40 minutes…Kabanguhan naman sa buong bahay habang binebake siya…See the golden top.
10. Finally…Please, you be the judge…
Pie dough not crumbly. I can hold a slice ng hindi nagbabagsakan…Yey! Hindi ata palpak ngayon…
There’s the apple slices. Sweetness. Pramiz
Ano pa? Kainan na…
Ang verdict niya? Let her smiles tell you what ^_^.
I had 3 slices (out of 8). My!
Pwede na…pwede na…
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