Sundays in the Michalak Household aren’t exactly as traditional as we’d like them to be. You see, my Husband Stefan spends all of his day editing our weekly family vlog. Me? I pretend I am a 50’s housewife, donning my apron to tend to all never ending errands, and finally attempt to bake something that resembles and apple pie for our supper.
After all, there really is nothing quite like settling down on an Autumnal Sunday evening in front of the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ with a good slice of home-baked apple pie, is there? It’s so quintessentially English, and all so terribly relaxing.
Autumn has got to be my absolute favourite season of all, As Mr Fitzjerald wisely says, ‘life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall’. That indescribable, cold smell in the air, crunchy leaves, burgundy nail varnish, oversized slouchy jumpers and caramel coloured scarfs. Spiced pumpkin lattes, pumkin cake and apple pie. Oh, apple pie…
Firstly, before I take you through the ingredients of this easy home-made deliciousness, I have a confession to make…
I’m cheating. I’m going to put my hands up and admit that I am not going to bake the pastry from scratch, the pastry will be pre-made. In my defence, I’m a Mum to a very needy baby, tossing around pastry ingredients just isn’t feasible with and eight month old diva baby.
I simply don’t have the time, energy or inclination to bake pastry from scratch. I am however, partial to a good pie, so that won’t be getting in my way today!
Now we’ve got my confession outta the way, let’s get makin’ this pie together…
For this recipe, you will need:
5 apples (I used Granny Smith)
1/2 a cup of unsalted butter
3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1/2 a cup of unrefined sugar
1 pinch of salt
1/4 cup of water
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Firstly, you’ll need to pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees.
… and slice the apples.
Melt your butter…
…and then add the flour to make a paste. Toss in your sugar, brown sugar, salt and water. and bring to a delicious looking bubbly simmer.
I rolled out my pastry into a greased oven proof bowl, and trimmed the edges.
Pop in the apples…
and then pour the sauce in…
If you fancy it, you can sprinkle over some cinamon and nutmeg just to add that extra cosey little autumn taste.
Next, place the top crust on, I attempted to do something fancy (I’m desperately hoping it works out), but you can just pop it on top with some air holes in too.
Paint the crust with milk (this part is rather enjoyable for your inner-child), and sprinkle a little brown sugar on top.
Now we’re one step closer to our Sunday apple pie goodness… baking time!
Bake for 15 minutes at 220 degrees.
Reduce the temperature to 175 degrees and continue to bake for 35-45 minutes.
Whilst we’re waiting, can we just take a moment to appreciate the smell of a lovely fruity pie seeping from the oven? *sighs* Isn’t it simply one of the best smells in the universe?!
Oh yes. Would you look at that Sunday supper-time goodness right there.
I’ve served mine with lashings of fresh custard, but you feel free to add a dollop of cream or ice-cream instead.
So there you have it, an easy bake, huh? You’ve got a rich, comforting pie, ready to snuggle up on the sofa with. I’m pairing my pie with husband cuddles, and a jolly good novel (I recommend The great Gatsby or Howards End for your autumn reads).
Remember, if you end up giving this reciepe a go, do let me know by tweeting me with the hashtag #bakingwithhannah