Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dumb Snow White and ooh apple!

In a land far far away and in a time long long ago a white girl bit a red apple. 
She died. 
Well, what I've come to think is that mommy was lying to me when she said Snow White bit an apple and died. 
Snow White was an alien with no taste buds.
OR... maybe....
Snow White bit the apple...died...and went straight to heaven because earth couldn't give her enough support against the bliss of the crunchiness and juiciness of the red apple! 
Ta daa!
Yup, that must be it! 
Too bad the stupid prince kissed her and pulled her out of apple heaven. He must have received the beating of his life when she awoke. 

Apples truly are one of a kind. They are healthy and shiny and red and simply wonderful! Try to picture yourself engulfed in the wafting smell of cinnamon infused in butter, swirled in sugar syrup with soaked bubbling, warm, gooey yet crunchy apples in it.  

Utterly butterly delicious! 
So, from the list of things to bake from the cookbook, I picked (no pun intended) Apple Pie. It seemed easy as I read through the recipe and looked oh-so attractive. Imagine a cool rainy day with warm apple pie by your side. What more could one hope for! All I had to do was roll some dough, cook some apples and set it in a pie dish. 
Piece of cake.
It turned out to be a tough piece of PIE. But well worth it!

The real life version of Snow White (i.e. the non dumb, happy apple eating version) escorted by all seven dwarfs packed in one small puppy was part of the tasting department today.
Ritika Datt Kumar, the one who listens to me whine and understands what I mean even if I'm saying the stark opposite thing.
It is a connection of the heart.

Getting down to business, two things to remember when making pie is that the right quantities of flour and butter for the dough is quite important. Keep an eye out for that. And, rolling pastry is tougher than you may think. So be patient!
Now, take a deep breath and sink into Apple heaven.


2 quantities basic Pie Crust
(I didn't like the recipe the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook has and so looked on and found this Pie Crust)
130gms Butter
3 tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 kg Apples (green if possible) peeled, cored and cut in slices
1 cup sugar
1 egg mixed with a little milk

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F
Divide the pastry dough in half and roll out both halves. Use one to line the prepared pie dish and keep the other aside.
Mix butter and cinnamon in a large saucepan and heat until the butter has melted. Add the apples and stir until they are well coated in butter. Finally, add the sugar and cook the apples until they are soft but not cooked through. Let them cool completely.
Fill the pie crust with the apples. Use the other half of the rolled dough to cover the top. Decorate as you wish but remember to put in a couple of slits on the covering dough so that steam passes out from the baking apples. Brush the egg and milk wash over the pie.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown.

Eat it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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