Friday, March 27, 2009

A pie, a promise, a plate

That's the whole story really. I'll give you the abbreviated longer one as well.

My mom has a long long time friend, our former neighbor, who lives in Canada for ...oh ages. (Hi tante Pink!). She comes to visit almost every year, stays at my parents house, lots of wine, plenty talk. We talked pies. We talked plates. Pie plates. That was a year ago. She promised to find me a plate and bring it the next time. She remembered!
This year this retro beauty came all the way from Canada, you gotta love thrift shops! Isn't that fun?

I needed to bake pie. A deep dish apple pie, a happy marriage between France, Canada and Holland. The dough I used technically isn't piedough, it is the Dutch patissier's dough I used here.
The filling consists of half apples, sliced and fanned, topped with a handful of blueberries and a batter.
Recipe dough
1 ts lemon zest
1 tbs lemon juice
125 gr butter, roomtemperature
125 gr soft white sugar
250 gr self raising flour

In a food processor pulse butter, sugar, zest and juice to a paste. Add 1 tbs cold water and blend. Tip in flour and pulse till combined. Add another tbs cold water and pulse to blend. You'll get a paste-like dough this way. Wrap in plastic and chill for a couple of hours or overnight in the fridge. The sugar will have the time to fully melt into the dough, ensuring a nice and crusty crust.
Roll dough to a circle fitting the bottom of your buttered pie plate and up the sides.

Recipe filling:
3-4 medium sized apples, peeled, cored and halved.
3 eggs
75 gr sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
25 gr ap flour
1 tbs corn starch
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
75 gr cream/milk

Slice each half apple into several slices but keep them together. These are going to be placed on top of the dough, depending on size you can get 5 to 6 halves on; they can be packed fairly tight.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar, add the rest of the ingredients and mix to a smooth batter. This batter is poured on top of the apple halves, I scattered a handful of blueberries on top. (You might use some rum soaked raisins instead, or cranberries soaked in some red wine maybe?).
Bake on 150C (300F) for 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown.


  1. mmmmmmh this looks so yummy! I love apple pie and blueberries!

  2. What a lovely Friend/Aunt. Pie looks good, it's freezing in England today I'd like a piece with custard. Mmmm!

  3. Apple pie is the best! I love that the dough has lemon zest in it too, what a great idea!

  4. Fanning apples ;) you are spiffy!
    Fabulous fun to bake with that pie plate from now on!

  5. Wow, what a delicious looking pie you have here. I wouldn't mind to have a slice or two please.

  6. Lovely pie! A pie plate is a great gift, waiting to be filled :)

  7. A great addition to my collection. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait ti try this especially for my family.


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