There is just something about the smell of warm apples + hot butter during a cold, very windy and extremely wet wintery day. It’s my first try – this lattice apple pie with a twist – and as it bakes, I can just fall in love with the smells permeating my little studio apartment.
Again, all ingredients listed here are in estimated quantities – my kitchen equipment have yet to leave Malaysia. O’well…
Honey Apple Pie
5 medium sized apples (in this case, I used Pinova Apples)
Some salt water to prevent the apples from browning
Two heaped tablespoons of honey
(B) Pastry (all measurements stated are approximates)
Ice cold water + 1 heaped teaspoon of honey (mix well)
- Wrap the butter in aluminum foil and freeze for 30 to 45 minutes.
- Prepare the flour in a separate mixing bowl. Using a grater, coarsely grate the butter (the aluminum foil will help keep the butter from melting) into the flour mix.
- Using a spoon or spatula, gently coat scraped butter with the flour. Do ensure that all the butter is coated before adding the honey water.
- Mix the ingredients using the spoon/spatula well – the dough is ready when there is no more excess flour or butter sticking to the bowl. If the dough is too dry, add a little bit more honey water. If it is too wet, toss in a bit more flour.
- Wrap the dough in cling foil and place in a fridge for 10 to 30 minutes.
- Prepare filling by peeling, then thinly slicing the apples. Soak the slices in salt water for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
- Drain apples and then toss in the honey; mix well and put aside.
- Once the dough hardens, using a rolling pin, flatten and roll out the dough into a large circle. Place on top of pastry dish and cut away the excess dough.
- Arrange the apples accordingly (it’s really up to you) and then layer off some excess dough in a lattice form.
- Once done, brush the lattice surface briefly with honey and bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for 15 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 170 C and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Serve fresh from the oven with ice cream or on its own.