It’s getting colder and what is cosier than a warm cup of tea and a slice of warm apple pie with warm spices like cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla. Your favourite book and you couldn’t ask for more. We asked our intern Alba to bake some apple pies and cakes for us and what she came up with is so delicious. Try her classic apple pie with vanilla ice cream, apple crumble with coconut and pumpkin seeds or her lemony apple cake with pine nuts. Thank you Alba.
Classic Apple Pie
A nice classic apple pie needs no extraordinary ingredients and is easy to make.
5 dl/a heaped 2 cups of flour
300 g/11 oz of cubed butter
1 dl/a little less than 1/2 cup of sugar
1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
2-3 tbsp of potato starch (optional)
1 egg for brushing
- In a mixing bowl combine cubed butter and flour until a coarse crumble.
- Add the egg and knead until an even dough. You can also use a food processor for making the dough.
- Divide the dough in two pieces and roll out each with a rolling pin on a floured surface so it performs a thin round that fits a 26 cm/9 inches pie plate.
- Roll one of the rounds around the rolling pin and place it in the pie plate and chill for 30 minutes.
- Cut the other round in strips about 2 1/2 cm/1 inch wide. Chill on a plate.
- Peel and core the apple and cut them into wedges. Mix with sugar, cinnamon and potato starch if you prefer that. (makes the apples stick togerher)
- Preheat your oven to 200C/390F.
- Fill the pie plate with the apples and arrange the strips criss-cross into a lattice pattern. Press the edges down to the rim and brush with egg wash.
- Bake in the center of the oven for appr 30-40 minutes.
- Let cool a bit and then serve with ice cream or vanilla custard.
Apple Crumble with Coconut and Pumpkin Seeds
Not the general apple crumble. Add a little shredded coconut and pumpkin seeds to the crumble and you will get a new sensation.
2 dl/a little less than 1 cup rolled oats
3 tbsp of flour
1 dl/a little less than ½ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1 dl/a little less than ½ cup of pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp of fine unrefined sugar
50 g/2 oz of cubed butter
1 pinch of salt
3 apples, peeled, cored and cut in coarse pieces
1 dl/a little less than ½ cup of fine urefinde sugar
1 tsp of pure vanilla powder
- Preheat oven to 200C/350F.
- Mix all the ingredients for the topping with your fingers so it becomes a coarse crumble.
- Mix the cut apple pieces with sugar and vanilla powder.
- Place the apple pieces in a shallow pie dish and add the topping. Do not stir.
- Bake in the center of the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the crumble is golden.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or custard.
Lemony Apple Cake with Pine Nuts
A fresh and lighter version of a heavy apple cake. Perfekt with tea.
2 dl/a little less than 1 cup fine unrefined sugar
3 tbsp of rapeseed oil
1 dl/a little less than ½ cup milk
1 organic lemon, juice and zest
1 tsp pure vanilla powder
3 dl/1 cup + a little less than ½ cup of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
1 dl/a little less than ½ cup sultanas
3 apples, cleaned and cut in wedges
3 tbsp of pine nuts
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350F.
- Grease and flour a rectangular or round cake pan.
- Beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy.
- Mix the oil and the milk and add that to the batter with the lemon juice and zest. Stir until combined.
- Mix the dry ingredients with the sultanas and add to the batter. Carefully fold until even.
- Pour the batter into the cake pan and arrange the apple wedges in a pattern. Sprinkle the pine nuts over and bake in the center of the oven 35-45 minutes. Let cool before serving.