My gorgeous Mum made this apple pie for my Dads birthday the other day. My Mum is amazing in the kitchen. Many of my friends hold on to memories of her cooking years later. The thing is, she is not so good at baking. Her magic is with savouries and dinners. However there is one thing she can bake - an apple pie, and wow, is it perfect every time!
On your birthday in Holland, the tradition is that everyone comes over. Its a visiting day as such. Its a great tradition as you get to see everyone. I don't think it would work in our Aussie culture though, as its announced and everyone expects cake and coffee. 'Gebakje' its called, usually served with lots of cream.
So this is what Mum made for all the visitors who came over for Dads 60th birthday this year. They were pretty lucky if you ask me!
300 grams plain flour
200 grams butter
150 grams caster sugar
1 kg granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
100 grams sugar
100 grams sultanas, rinsed under cold water
2 tbs flour
Preheat the oven to 170C.
Mix the flour, butter (cut the butter into fine pieces), egg and caster sugar in a bowl and knead into the dough with your hands till smooth.
Mix the apples slices, with the sultanas, sugar, cinnamon, lemon rind and 2 tbs of flour.
Roll out the dough [in between sheets of clingwrap] with a rolling pin. Fit this into an buttered tin and cut off the overhanging edges.
Add the apple mixture into the tin.
Roll out the left-over dough and cut long and shorter strips and place these in lattice style over the top of the apple pie. Cut the overhanging edges.
Bake for 1 hour.
Remove from the oven and brush the top with apricot jam.
Serve with sweetened cream.
Happy birthday Daddo xx