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As the old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples are a healthy, high fibre snack, packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and so much more! So, it’s about time you start adding a few more into your diet. This Eat a Red Apple Day, we’re adding an extra special festive touch to a delicious and warming apple-based recipe to get you in the mood for Christmas too!
Festive Apple Pie Recipe
This Festive Apple Pie is ideal for creating a pie in a 9-10 inch pie dish, which will serve six people. It will take about 30 minutes to prepare and roughly 1 hour to cook.
FOR THE PASTRY:
FOR THE FILLING:
TO CREATE THE PASTRY:
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Place your flour, sugar and salt into a large glass mixing bowl and stir the mixture until it is blended together. Alternatively, you can add all of these ingredients to a food processor with an “S” blade and pulse the mixture until it is blended.
3. Add your shortening to the mixture and mix or pulse until everything is blended together.
4. Cut your butter into small cubes and add, one at a time, into your mixture, mixing or pulsing as you go along.
5. Slowly pour your ice water into the mixture, stirring or pulsing constantly. The mixture should start to form clumps. Avoid adding too much water. The aim is to form a dough that is neither sticky nor runny.
6. Split your dough in half. Wrap one half in cling film and place aside.
7. Roll the other half of your dough into a ball and then use a rolling pin to roll it out. You may want to roll on parchment paper or flour the surface you’re rolling on to prevent the dough from sticking. Your dough should form a circle that is roughly ½ inch thick and 1 ½ - 2 inches larger in circumference than your pie dish.
8. Place the dough into the pie dish, pressing it into the edges for a perfect fit. Some dough will hang over the edges of the dish. Trim this down using cooking scissors so that the dough perfectly fits the pie dish.
9. Take the dough that has been set aside in cling film. Unwrap it and roll it out with your rolling pin. Again, you may want to roll on parchment paper or flour the surface you’re rolling on to prevent the dough from sticking. The dough should be rolled into a circle big enough to cover the top of your pie dish. This will form the pie’s lid.
10. Take your pie dish and the pie lid and place them in the fridge to cool.
TO CREATE THE PIE FILLING:
1. First, you need to prepare your fruit. You can do this by peeling and coring your apples, then cutting them into ½ inch thick slices. Next, juice your half lemon and place the juice to one side. Then, take the zest from your orange and put this aside too. Cut the remaining orange in half and juice half of it.
2. Add your apples, lemon juice, orange zest and orange juice into a large glass mixing bowl. Then, add your cornstarch, vanilla extract, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Toss your apples until they are fully coated in all of the other ingredients in the bowl.
3. Remove your pie dish from the refrigerator and spoon your apple mixture into it. Make sure that the mixture is evenly spread out over the pastry. Pour any remaining liquid from the mixing bowl into the pie dish too.
4. Remove your pie lid from the refrigerator and over your pie dish with your pie lid. You can do this in any way you like. You could put the whole lid over, or you could slice your lid into strips to create a lattice effect top to your pie.
5. Beat your egg and use a glazing brush to brush the beaten egg over the lid of your pie.
6. Cover the top of your pie with tin foil. This will prevent the pie lid from browning before the pie is cooked.
7. Place the pie in your preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.
8. Remove the pie from the oven and remove the tin foil.
9. Place the pie back in the oven and bake for a further 15-20 minutes. The crust should be golden brown and the filling should be bubbling.
10. Remove your pie from the oven and let it cool. It will then be ready to eat!
This Festive Apple Pie is the perfect way to get involved with Eat a Red Apple Day at the same time as kickstarting the festive season. Warm cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are bound to get you into the Christmas spirit, so give this recipe a go sooner rather than later!