French Apple Pie

Golden deliciousness
I need to make this apple pie. An apple pie without sneaky cinnamon or nutmeg. I may like cinnamon on wings or nutmeg in French scalloped potatoes but hands off my apple pie! I only came to know of such apple pies when Erdina made it for us, not only that she also cooked us a 5-course authentic French dinner! Thanks to her Swiss boarding school days and years in Paris. And that completely renewed my outlook of apple pies. Though I still eye most pies suspiciously...

It's probably a tad (very) obvious that I'm terrible at baking (skills or whatsoever, see the wayward pleating of pie crust!) but this recipe is too easy that I couldn't pass up. Thankfully it did turn out in a crown of perfect golden brown with Robin's stamp of approval (he ate up the last slice when I wasn't looking!)

Ingredients
  • 4 red apples
  • 4 tbs butter (salted)
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • ¼ cup caster sugar 
  • 1 (cheat) sheet frozen shortcrust pastry 
  • Icing sugar, for dusting (optional)
  • Crème fraîche, or whipping cream to serve
Adapted from French: The Secrets of Classic Cooking Made Easy

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Peel, quarter and core the apples. I sliced 8 pieces out of each apple 
  3. Toss sliced apples with lemon juice and sugar until well coated
  4. Melt butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add apples
  5. Stir frequently for about 10-15 minutes until apples are tender and golden brown in thick syrup. Turn the heat up high if it's too watery. This step prevents soggy crust
  6. On lightly floured kitchen top, roll out thawed pastry. Transfer pastry sheet to a baking dish lined with butter and spoon in the cooked apples
  7. Trim off the excess pastry and pleat in the borders. I pleated it like what I learnt from Use Real Butter for Chinese dumplings! Hehe, I'm sure you can do it any other way, nicely :)
  8. Bake the pie for 30-40 minutes until pastry is crisp and browned
  9. Let cool for 5 minutes out of the oven and dust with icing sugar 
  10. Serve warm with crème fraîche and don't look away until every slice is in your tummy!
The only kind of apple pie for moi :)
These are probably not my best photos, well they are kind-of from a single-angle but it wasn't because greediness took over, in fact quite the opposite. I took too long to take the shots that the later top shots (and other angles) are slowly drying up so I could only settle for the first few shots that truly emanates just-out-the-oven deliciousness! The flaw my camera spotted wasn't telling to my taste bud (or tummy), it was still delectably warm after the shoot :)

32 comments:

  1. The photos look great. The blue color is definitely a nice touch.

    I used to take too long in shooting my cooking too, until lately I just gave up styling all together.

    Also, apples are really nice by itself without cinnamon and nutmeg. Great recipe! :)

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  2. beautiful photo!!

    and who doesnt love apple pie?!
    its a very beautiful, i needs to be in a cook book, stat!

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  3. So golden! I love apple pies, spiced or not!

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  4. @Jun
    I love your style! There is a ready-to-eat sense of deliciousness and effortlessness that makes it unique :)

    @Edible Art
    How incredibly nice of your compliments Stephanie ;)

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  5. Your apple pie looks gorgeous! Plus I myself don't like cinnamon or other spices in my apple pies too :) Simply perfect!

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  6. I hardly have apple pie so I don't even know if I prefer cinnamon or no cinnamon in my apple pie :O

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  7. @Jen (Tastes of Home)
    Good to know that I'm not the only one :P

    @tigerfish
    Oh you must! Apple pies are awesome! :) I stand firmly on no-cinnamon but I think with-cinnamon is more mainstream ;)

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  8. Hi Min, Thanks for dropping by my blog, which brought me to yours...lovely blog and this apple pie of yours looks delicious! I have seen your version of the braised pork which looks delicious too!:D have a nice day!

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  9. This really looks extraordinarily good. I'd certainly love a piece of it. You have a lovely blog. I'll be back often to see what you've been cooking. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. This apple pie looks wonderfully delicious. Never would've thought you were "terrible at baking" by these lovely pictures. You couldn't be worse than me. At least you made apple pie, I can um...slice apples. Teehee. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

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  11. Looks so scrumptious, i would love to have a slice. Your pictures are very neat and gorgeous. I'm really drooling over it.

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  12. Hehe great minds think alike! I made an apple dessert too :P Yours looks wonderful!

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  13. This apple pie sure looks inviting. My other half will surely like to have a slice!

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  14. Excellent click! It looks totally delicious.

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  15. I just realize that I've taken a long break from baking. Hehehe....I'm a bad baker.

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  16. Your open apple pie looks great! I like cinnamon in my apple pie actually, but not too much. :)

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  17. such a beautiful dish, and I loveee that blue ribbon. So pretty!

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  18. It looks gorgeous!!! I'm a big fan of cinnamon so it's a pity that u don't. I love your styling of this as well. It looks impressive-good for guests too!

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  19. That apple pie looks beyond wonderful An imperfect crust is a perfect bite :)

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  20. if you're terrible at baking then what am I hehe... gorgeous apple pie!

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  21. @daphne
    Hehe, I think most people have no problems with cinnamon :) It's just a small minority like me!

    @marla
    Aw, how positively sweet!

    @noobcook
    I used the cheat sheet pastry hence not quite consider baking as well :P

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  22. WOW! You've a beautiful blog that I should come here earlier. Love that apple pie looks so delicious!

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  23. Min, that looks amazing! So beautifully golden! I love baking with apples - I'm bookmarking this recipe!

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  24. Looks absolutely delicious! Great photos :)

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  25. I can't believe you think you're terrible at baking when I see this picture-perfect apple pie. Truly gorgeous. I think you should give yourself way more credit. ;)

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  26. It looks gorgeous! I'd love a bit (actually a lot) of cinnamon on top though ;-)

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  27. That looks really lovely and delicious! I'm intrigued by the cookbook... I'd love to get a good French cookbook.

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  29. oh wow! this looks incredible and straight from a bakery!

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