Caramel apple pie made with apples and sweet spices, baked in a rich shortcrust pastry to make a rich natural caramel sauce
For the pastry:
- 310g plain flour or plain spelt flour
- 230g cold butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
- Peeled zest from 1 small lemon
- 1 egg yolk
For the filling:
- 900g cooking apples or tart eating apples, peeled and cored
- 150–200ml honey or maple syrup, depending on tartness of apples
- 1 tablespoon water
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
1 x 8 inch springform deep pan cake tin
Preheat the oven to 170℃.
Add the peeled zest to the thermomix and grate 10 seconds, speed 8. Scrape down with a spatula.
Place the flour into the TM bowl. Add the cold cubes of butter and process 10 seconds, speed 4 or until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.
Add the sugar and mix until well combined 10 seconds, speed 3. Add the egg yolk mix 10 seconds, speed 3 until the pastry comes together.
Knead 30 seconds until it forms a ball. Cover with clingfilm and rest in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.
Roll out the pastry to ¼ inch thick into a round shape allowing it to be big enough to come up the sides of the tin by 3 inches. Press extra pastry onto the side to increase the thickness slightly to allow it to hold its shape. To make sure the pastry doesn’t break fold it in half before lifting it into the tin and unfold it once in the tin. Press the sides against the tin. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Egg wash the pastry with egg white and cook in the oven for 10 minutes. Reapply the egg white and cook for a further 5 minutes. Set aside while you make the filling.
Cut and peel the apples by hand. I use an apple slicer for this. You want big chunks of apples.
Place the apples in the TM bowl with the water, lemon, juice, honey and spices. Cook 5 minutes, 80˚C, reverse speed 1 until they are just starting to cook but you can see them imparting some liquid. Leave to cool slightly.
Place the apple filling over the partially cooked pastry in the tin. Top with lattices by cutting thick strips of pastry and arranging in a lattice shape. Cut out leaves with the pastry to apply to the edge sticking with egg white. Cut some flower shapes to arrange on the top.
Brush with egg white and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
Leave to cool to warm in the tin before releasing from the pan. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon.
I prefer to cut the apples by hand but you can place peeled, cored apple halves in the thermomix and chop 5 seconds, speed 3 before cooking.
- Category: Tarts
- Method: Thermomix