I was craving apple pies to eat with your hands, like those McDonald’s ones. We once had them at McDonald’s here in the Netherlands but they disappeared a couple of years ago. Now we do have apple pie here at McDonald’s, but it is a Dutch apple pie. A slice of pie, with a woven crust on top. But anyway, I wanted to try homemade puff pastry for a while now and make apple pies with it.
There are so many different kind of apple pies, the big round ones with crust all over, crumble all over or only woven strips of dough and a lot of hand apple pies…
There are triangular (Dutch one is like that and called Appelflap) rectangular or round apple pies… Fried versions also possible (apple beignet). All the different apple pies also can have different textures: mashed apple or pieces of apple, raw, steamed or cooked apple. OMG so many options of apple pie!
While the Dutch Appelflap tastes quite good, it simple does not look so sophisticated or yummy. They are probably the ugliest hand apple pies of them all. It’s a triangle turnover sprinkled with a lot of sugar. No attention to appearance whatsoever if you ask me. The French cut their apples precisely to put on top of their pastry dough. Looks way more appealing as you see the actual apple on top.
Well enough about other apple pies, lets talk about the apple pies I made this time!
I made my puff pastry the night before making the apple pies. This was the first time making my own puff pastry, I always bought it in the supermarket. Those are fine, but there is quite a lot of fat in those. Often made with lard too. Blergh. The one I made had about 21% fat. I’m no expert at making puff pastry, but it turned out nice!
This is not a super flaky pastry though, it is not as flaky as store bought ones. BUT it has way less fat and tastes good.
I used one apple, cut it into smaller pieces and cooked it with butter, sugar and cinnamon.
Placed the apple pieces on top of the dough.
Made slits in the top parts
Brushed the dough around the apple with egg to stick the top part on.
I pressed the sides with a fork to make it stick even more.
Brushed the pie with egg and placed in the oven.
Tadaaa! Yummy fresh apple pie
- 100 gr flour
- 40 gr butter
- pinch of salt
- 50 ml ice cold water
- 1 apple
- some butter
- 2 tablespoons of sugar (or more, depending on your taste and apple)
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- half teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 beaten egg
- In a bowl, add flour, butter and salt and refrigerate for an hour to cool completely.
- Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or knife. Do not knead it as the butter will melt.
- Once the butter is combined with the flour, add the ice cold water and keep cutting in until a dough forms.
- Transfer the dough to a floured work surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin and fold in three equal parts.
- Turn the folded dough 90 degrees and roll out again and fold in three. Let it rest in the fridge again for 30-60 min.
- Roll out the dough again, and fold in three. Repeat another 3 times so the total will be six.
- Cut the apple in small pieces
- Heat a pan low to medium heat with some butter.
- Add the apples, sugar, lemon juice and sugar.
- Stir the apples until tender.
- Roll out the dough in a rectangle.
- Cut the dough in six pieces.
- Make slits in three of the six pieces.
- Divide the apple filling over the three pieces without slits.
- Brush the dough around the apple filling with egg and place the other part with slits on top.
- With a fork, press the sides of the apple pie together.
- Brush the pies with egg and bake on 200 °C for 20-25 min.