This delicious recipe was given to me at the annual Textiles students’ retreat in Upper Amherst Cove NL during a pie making workshop. It was baked in furniture maker Mike Patterson’s “church” kitchen – amazing light streaming in on freshly baked pies – truly a visual and gastronomic feast.
2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup + 3 tsp butter
1/2 cup ice water
1 egg yolk
2 tsp sugar
8 cups apples
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Cut cold butter into cubes: place in large bowl.
- Stir in flour and salt until coarse -looking.
- Pour water in all at once: stir until loose dough forms.
- With floured hands, gather into 2 balls.
- On floured surface, GENTLY knead into 3/4 inch thick disc.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.
Peel and core apples and place in large bowl. Cut into wedges or slices. Toss apples with lemon juice. In small bowl, stir together sugar, flour and cinnamon: sprinkle over apples and toss until coated. Wipe out small bowl.
- On floured surface with well floured rolling pin, roll our 1 piece of refrigerated dough from centre, lifting pin at edge to keep even thickness.
- Turn pin clockwise 90 degrees.
- Repeat rolling out and turning dough until you have a 13 inch circle.
- Loosely roll pastry around rolling pin: unroll into pie plate.
- Trim edge with a sharp knife.
Scrape prepared apples into pie shell. Brush pastry rim with water.
- As with first ball of dough, roll out remaining dough to 13 inch circle.
- Using rolling pin, roll up pastry and roll out onto pie.
- Trim with knife leaving 3/4 inch overhang.
- Gently lift bottom pastry rim and fold overhand under rim: press together to seal.
- Decorate rim.
- With tip of sharp knife, cut steam vents in middle of top pastry.
- Separate egg yolk from egg white into small bowl.
- Add 1 tbsp of water and whisk yolk: using pastry brush, brush over pastry.
- Sprinkle with sugar.
- In oven at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees F, bake for 40 minutes or until golden, filling is bubbly and apples are soft when poked with a fork.
- Remove from oven and cool on rack.