Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Apple Crumble Pie

18 March 2008

I finally got myself a new tart pan and have been looking for recipes to try out. Frankly speaking, I don't really like baking stuffs that require me to use my hands to knead and roll, making my hands greasy and the table messy and got to wash up later. So I seldom bake cookies or tarts unless it is something that I would really want to try out.

After reading a couple of nice pies and tarts recipes, I manage to convince myself to get a tart pan and try baking my first tart - Apple Crumble Pie. I got the recipe from the Kitchen Capers Forum which I have just registered recently. A very interesting place to learn more about baking and cooking.

It's a three-step procedure for making this apple crumble pie. First, you have to make and bake the crust as the first layer. Second, cook the apples and fill them into the baked crust. Finally, sprinkle the crumble on top of the apple filling. Then, send it to bake.

And this is the nice and yummy looking apple crumble pie I've got. Hot and fresh from the oven. I must say this is a recipe worth trying. It is not too sweet and I like the combination of soft and crispy texture in one bite. I can't stop myself from taking a second piece after finishing the first. :)

Apple Crumble Pie
(adapted from Kitchen Capers and my previous apple pie)

Ingredients (bake in 8 inch tart pan)
100g butter
180g plain flour
25ml beaten egg

Apple filling:
2 large apples (about 220g each), peeled, cored and cut into cubes
2 tbsp brown sugar
sprinkles of cinnamon powder (I omit this)
lemon juice from a slice of lemon (I omit this)
some water
1/2 tbsp corn flour

60g butter
100g self-raising flour
4 tbsp sugar

1. To make the crust, sift the plain flour in a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until small crumbs are formed. Add the beaten egg and knead to form a dough. Roll and press dough onto the tart pan. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for about 8 minutes (or till the base is dry).
2. To make the filling, cook the apples with the rest of the ingredients with some water for about 10 minutes. Add cornflour to thicken.
3. To make the crumble, gently rub the butter and flour to form into crumbs and add sugar and mix well.
4. After crust is baked, pour in the apple filling and sprinkle top with the crumble. Bake at 200C for about 25 minutes till the top is nice golden brown.