Apple Crumble High Pie

Serves 10
by Tenina Holder

I love this pie. (I have made it a few times, just to be sure.) It is fragrant and homely—in a comforting way. It is the perfect family dessert, and leftovers are great for days afterwards; if anything, the flavour improves. Think checked tablecloth, think fields of waving grain and think hand on your heart; pledge allegiance to apple-pie, homespun goodness.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family. This one is for you!

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Need

  • 1 Batch Vanilla Bean Pastry Pre-made Recipe
  • 1.2 kilograms green apples, cored and peeled, sliced into rings
  • 80 g golden castor sugar
  • 50 g baker’s flour
  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 100 g butter, cubed
  • Crumble:
  • 250 g unsalted butter, cubed and cold
  • 200 g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla - Bean Paste BUY
  • Pinch Pink Salt Flakes BUY
  • 60 g shredded coconut
  • 200 g rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 200 g almonds, plus some more

Do

1  

Roll out the pastry and line your pie dish. We used a deep-sided pie dish, approximately 22 centimetres diameter. Trim the edges and flute them—so they look good on Instagram!

2  

Mix together the castor sugar, flour and ground cinnamon.

3  

Toss the apple slices in the mixture until they are well coated and arrange them in the pastry shell. Dot the apples with cubes of butter.

4  

Refrigerate while you make the crumble.

5  

Preheat the oven to 170°C.

6  

To make the crumble, place the butter, sugar, vanilla paste and salt into the Thermomix bowl and cream 30 seconds/speed 5.

7  

Add remaining ingredients except almonds and combine 10 seconds/Reverse/speed 5.

8  

Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the almonds and mix 5 seconds/Reverse/speed 3.

9  

Place crumble on top of the apples making sure you seal the edges as well as you can. Rustic is good, but you want closure. Add a few more whole almonds on top and cover the entire pie with foil.

10  

Bake for 45 minutes with the foil covering. Remove foil and bake a further 15 minutes until golden, fragrant and the apples are cooked. (Test with a skewer.)

11  

Serve warm or cold, with ice cream or whipped cream, though ice cream is pretty well a rule if you are sticking with the American theme.

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