This pie sums up autumn in one bite! The spices and caramelized apples warm the heart as the crust crushes and melts in your mouth.
Recipe makes for 10-12 servings
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup butter, diced
- 4 tablespoons cold water
- 3-4 cups baking apples like Golden Delicious, peeled and diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons corn flour disolved in a bit of water
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 cup raisins optional
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- egg wash: 1 egg yolk beaten with a bit of milk
- icing sugar
- Using a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and cinnamon until combined.
- Add the butter and pulse until it forms small pebble-like dough pieces, about 10 times. Add the water and pulse 1 to 2 times; don’t let the dough form into a ball in the machine.
- Remove the bowl from the machine, remove the blade, and bring the dough together by hand.
- Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour.
Mix apple with butter, sugar, water, spices and raisins in a sauce pan. Place on medium heat until the mixture starts to boil. Add dissolved corn flour and vanilla. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out half the dough into a disk. Transfer the disk to a 28-cm tart tray. Trim the excess dough flush with the edge of the pie plate. Reserve the trimmings for decorating the pie.
- Fill the dough with the filling. Add the walnuts.
- Gather the reserved trimmings and dough. Roll and cut into long strips. Braid each two strips. Place on the pie.
- Brush the crust lightly with some of the egg wash and secure the braids along the edge of the crust, stretching or cutting to fit.
- Bake to 180 degrees Celsius until crust is golden and filling forms bubbles. If the crust begins to brown too quickly, cover the rim of the pie with strips of aluminum foil.
- Once cool, sprinkle icing sugar.
I usually serve this with vanilla ice-cream or a cup of coffee. Delicious either way!
Note: I didn’t get the chance to take a picture after the pie was baked! It was a golden perfection, or that is what my family said as they ate it all in minutes!!