lattice-top pie

peach pie

20th August 2015

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This was another post sitting in my drafts just before I left for our Summer holiday, using those luxuriously delicious, rose-scented peaches from this tree.

Perfectly ripe, with a few organic, nature-loved and blessed blemishes.  I was reluctant to make this, as it seemed a shame to cook them, but there were so many of them.  And of course, all at once, and they needed to be used.  It was delicious.  And for me, pie is such a luxurious comfort food and all the more made better, with home-grown produce.

It has been a good year in our small orchard, with more still to come.

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a summer peach lattice-top pie

for the dough

350 grams flour (I used 250g white & 100g whole-wheat)

1 tsp salt

½ cup sugar

200g unsalted pure butter

100mL very cold water

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

for the filling

5 medium/770g peaches (use peaches that are not too ripe)

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

 cup light brown sugar

4 Tbsp cornstarch

to make the dough 

1.  Place the flour, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix. Cut the butter into hazel-nut size pieces and add to the flour, making sure all the butter pieces are well coated with the flour, cover and place in the freezer for 1 hour or overnight.

2.  In a food processor with an S-blade attached, add the very cold flour and butter, and process for 20 seconds (the mixture should resemble fine meal), then stir the vinegar with the very cold water and pulse in short bursts.  The dough will still look crumbly, but if you press it between your fingers, it should become smooth.  If the dough is too dry and is not coming together, add iced water, a tablespoon at a time.

3.  Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface.  Gather and press the dough together to form a unified mass. Cut the dough in half and put each half on a large piece of plastic wrap.  Loosely cover the dough with plastic. Using the wrap as an aid (to avoid warming the dough with your bare hands), shape the dough into a disc.  Wrap each piece tightly in the plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours (ideal).

to make the filling 

4.  Halve each peach, remove the pit, and slice each half into roughly 2 cm chunks, then place into a large bowl and add lemon juice.  Sprinkle sugar over the peaches and toss gently to mix.  Let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour or overnight.

5.  Transfer to a colander, suspended over a bowl to collect the juices; you should have almost 1 cup of liquid (if the peaches sit for several hours, you’ll have 1½ cups liquid).  Mine sat overnight, so I was left with a lot of juice.

6.  Pour the juices into a small saucepan set over medium heat.  Boil the liquid to reduce it, swirling until it’s syrupy, about 10 minutes; it should reduce to to ½ cup, depending on how much liquid you started with – set aside to cool for 1 – 2 minutes.

7.  Meanwhile, transfer the peaches to a bowl and toss them with the cornstarch until all traces of cornstarch have disappeared.  Pour the reduced peach juice over the peaches, tossing gently.  Place in the fridge to cool.

prepare the pie

8.  Roll out the bottom crust, remove one of the disc of dough from the fridge.  If it is very firm, let it sit at room temperature until it’s pliable enough to roll, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Using a rolling pin, roll the dough between two pieces of lightly-floured cling film, and roll out into a circle, an inch bigger than the pie dish.   

9.  Butter a pie dish (mine was 26cm diameter) and line with the pastry, and leave an even overhang around the edge – cover with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

10.  Roll out the top crust, remove the other disc of dough from the refrigerator and let it sit until pliable enough to roll. Roll the dough between two pieces of lightly floured cling film, into another circle. Leave whole, or cut into strips, no more than a inch thick.  Use a ruler to cut about ten x ¾ inch wide strips lengthwise.  You may have to join the shorter ones together.  The ruler helps to measure and cut a straight edge.  I used a fluted pastry wheel to get a crimped edge. You may need to place in the freezer for 5 minutes if the dough is too warm.

11.  Take the pie shell from the fridge and stir the peach filling a few times, then scrape it into the pie shell.

12.  Arrange five strips of dough evenly over the filling, starting with a long strip for the centre. Gently fold back every other strip (the second and the fourth) to a little past the centre. Choose another long strip of dough, hold it perpendicular to the other strips, and set it across the centre of the pie. Unfold the two folded strips so they lie flat on top of the perpendicular strip.  Now fold back the strips that weren’t folded back last time (the first, third, and fifth ones). Lay a second perpendicular strip of dough about a ¾ inch away from the last one.  Unfold the three folded strips.  Fold back the original two strips, set a third perpendicular strip of dough ¾ inch from the last one, and unfold the two strips. Repeat on the other side with the two remaining strips: fold back alternating strips, lay a strip of dough on top, and unfold. Remember to alternate the strips that are folded back to create a woven effect.

13.  Trim the strips to a ½-inch overhang.  Lift the edge of the bottom crust over to enclose the top, rolling inwards and pressing to make it adhere.  Crimp or flute the edges if you like.

14.  Lightly cover the assembled pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. After 30 minutes of chilling, set an oven rack on the lowest rung and put a foil-lined baking stone or baking sheet on it. Heat the oven to 215C/425°F.

15.  Brush the lattice with the milk and sprinkle with the sugar and set the pie directly on the baking stone or sheet. Bake until the juices are bubbling over (the bubbles should be thick and slow near the pan edges), approximately 35 to 40 minutes.

Let the pie cool on a rack until the juices have thickened, approximately 2 hours.  Enjoy with homemade vanilla ice-cream or thick Greek yoghurt.

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apple raspberry pie

6th October 2009

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There is something very satisfying about making a pie.  As soon as I had taken it out of the oven, I felt heady with a deep satisfaction of culinary achievement.  My daughter, who is very particular about almost everything gave it 9 out of 10, which is a real compliment!  What inspired me to make this was the basket of freshly picked apples I picked from our tree the other day.

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apple raspberry pie

makes 1 double-crust 9-inch (23 cm) pie 

for the dough

350g flour (I use 250g white & 100g whole wheat)

90g/½ cup sugar

1 tsp fine rock salt

200g unsalted pure butter

100mL very cold water

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

for the filling

1kg apples, peeled, cored and cut ¼-inch pieces

50g butter, plus extra for greasing

100g fine brown sugar

1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

125g raspberries – fresh or frozen

1 heaped Tbsp cornflour

for the glaze

2 Tbsp milk

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

to make the dough 

1.  Place the flour, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix, then cut the butter into hazel-nut size pieces and add to the flour, making sure all the pieces of butter are well coated, cover and place in the freezer for a minimum of 1 hour or overnight.

2.  In a food processor with an S-blade attached, add the very cold flour and butter, process for 20 seconds (the mixture should resemble fine meal), then pour in the very cold water and pulse in short bursts.  The dough will still look crumbly, but if you press it between your fingers, it should become smooth.  If the dough is too dry and is not coming together, add ice water a tablespoon at a time.

3.  Turn dough out onto a clean work surface.  Gather and press the dough together to form a unified mass, then cut the dough in half and put each half on a large piece of plastic wrap.  Loosely cover the dough with plastic. Using the wrap as an aid (to avoid warming the dough with your bare hands), shape the dough into a round.  Wrap each piece tightly in the plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hour and up to 24 hours.

for the filling

4.  Put the sugar and butter into a saucepan and when the butter has melted, add the apples, cinnamon and ground cloves – slowly cook for 15 minutes with the lid on, turn off the heat and allow to cool.

5.  Tip the apple mixture into a sieve for 15 minutes, allowing the juices to collect in a bowl at the bottom.

6.  Add the cornflour to the reserved juice and whisk together.  Set aside to roll out the pastry.

7.  Rolling out the bottom crust, remove the disc of dough from the fridge, but keep the other round refrigerated. Dust your work surface with flour and using a floured rolling pin, roll out to a 13-inch circle (Rolling the dough between two layers of grease-proof paper /cling film will also stop it sticking).

8.  Butter a 26cm pie dish and line with the pastry, trimming off any excess with a sharp knife. Cover with plastic and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

9.  When ready to assemble the pie, preheat the oven to 215C/425F.

10. Rolling out the top crust, remove the remaining round disc of dough from the refrigerator and let it sit until pliable enough to roll, then using a floured rolling pin, roll out to a 13-inch circle.

11.  Retrieve the pastry pie from the fridge and stir the cooled filling a few times, then scrape it into the pie shell, place the raspberries on top and spoon over the reserved juices.

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12.  Place the dough over the filling, pressing the bottom and top crusts together to seal.  Pop the pie in the freezer for 20 minutes.

13.  Cut steam vents into the top of the pie and brush the pie with milk and sprinkle with the sugar, then place it in a pre-heated oven for 35 – 40 minutes, until golden brown or crisp. Allow to cool completely for the filling to set.

To serve, slice the pie in portion sizes and serve with a generous helping of vanilla ice-cream or custard.

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Apple Pie made by Noa.

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