APPLE + PECAN PIES

MAKES 12 |  45 MINS PREP TIME | 40 MINS COOK TIME

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INGREDIENTS

PASTRY

  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 165g chilled unsalted butter, cubed

  • 2 free-range eggs

  • 1 tbsp cold water

APPLE + PECAN FILLING

  • 1/2 cup  brown sugar 

  • 1 tsp cornflour

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 

  • 1/3 cup water 

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored

  • 60g pecans, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp raw sugar

METHOD

To make the pastry,  combine flour, baking powder, brown sugar, salt and butter in a food processor. Blend until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 1 egg and cold water. Process until dough comes together, adding a little more water if necessary. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth. Divide two-thirds of the dough into 12 individual balls. Using a rolling pin, roll into discs approx. 2mm thick. Lightly grease a Pyrex 12 Cup Cupcake and Tart Tray. Press discs into prepared tray. Roll remaining pastry between two sheets of baking paper to 2mm thick. Transfer tray and pastry sheet to the refrigerator and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

To make the filling, mix together brown sugar, cornflour and cinnamon in a medium saucepan.  Add water, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Chop apples into 2cm cubes and transfer to saucepan. Mix well. Place saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook apples uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Place 1-2 teaspoons of pecans into the base of each pie. Top with generous spoonfuls of apple filling. Cut 5cm rounds into the remaining sheet of pastry. Place on top of filling and press edges together. Trim using a sharp knife. Crimp edges using a fork. Lightly beat remaining egg and brush over each pie with a pastry brush. Sprinkle with raw sugar. Cut 4 small slits in the top of each pie. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. 

Serve warm with a drizzle of cream, homemade vanilla custard, ice-cream or all of the above.


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