I was picking up my youngest daughter from school (she started last week and is enjoying it so far, fingers firmly crossed that it stays this way) and there next to the door I fetch her from is a magnificent apple tree with lots lying on the floor. I couldn’t resist. I chose the best two I could find and came home and made these.
They don’t look like Mr Kiplings’ but that is part of their appeal. They are very easy to make and require little dexterity – always a bonus.
200g plain (all purpose) flour
100g cold butter, diced
cold water to mix
about 3oog cooking apple, peeled, cored and sliced thinly (I used 2 medium sized apples)
demerara sugar (or other sugar would work just as well, I just like the crunch of demerara)
Make the pastry by placing the flour and the butter in a food processor and pulsing until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add enough cold water to mix (I find a small wine glass of water, so about 125ml, is normally about the right amount, but add gradually). Pulse until the pastry just begins to come together. If you don’t have a food processor then place the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and using the tips of your fingers rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and mix with a palette knife until it begins to come together.
Form the pastry into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
I used a muffin tin for my individual pies. Roll out the pastry and then cut out circles measuring 11.5cm – this is the size of my espresso saucers and so I used these to cut round with a sharp knife. I managed to get nine circles out of my pastry. Push the discs into the holes of the muffin tin, using your fingers to carefully push the pastry to the bottom and up the sides. This leaves some pastry overlapping the top. Fill the pastry with apple slices and sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar over each. You could also sprinkle cinnamon if you wanted to. Then wrap the overlapping pastry over the top of the apple.
This was a very satisfying way of using a couple of apples that would have rotted otherwise and the girls enjoyed them.