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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- 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
- 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
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!
Mix together the castor sugar, flour and ground cinnamon.
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.
Refrigerate while you make the crumble.
Preheat the oven to 170°C.
To make the crumble, place the butter, sugar, vanilla paste and salt into the Thermomix bowl and cream 30 seconds/speed 5.
Add remaining ingredients except almonds and combine 10 seconds/Reverse/speed 5.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the almonds and mix 5 seconds/Reverse/speed 3.
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.
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.)
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.