Irish Farmhouse Holidays

Farmhouse Apple Pie

Farmhouse Apple Pie, tastes fabulous, and is just one of the delicious home-baked treats that our B&B hosts are renowned for. Below is an easy to follow recipe, kindly supplied from one of our Farmhouse bed and breakfast homes.

Ingredients

225g / 8oz Plain Flour
125g / 4oz Butter or Margarine
¼ pint / 150ml Cold Water (approximately)
4 large Cooking Apples, peeled, cored and sliced
Caster Sugar, to sweeten apples
Icing Sugar, to dust (optional)
¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon.

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
Place butter/margarine in freezer for about 15 minutes to harden.
Sieve flour into a bowl.
Grate hard butter/margarine into the flour. You may need a little flour on your fingers for this.
Using a knife, mix grated butter/margarine into flour.
Add sufficient water and mix to a soft dough with the knife.
Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly.
Roll out half the pastry to the size of an oven proof plate.
Arrange the prepared apples on the pastry.
Sprinkle with sugar to sweeten
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Roll remaining pastry to cover the apples.
Dampen edge of base pastry with cold water to seal.
Press top pastry over apples to make the pie. Seal the edges by using the back of a knife to form a crust.
Pierce the top of pastry to allow steam to escape and bake for 25-35 minutes approx.

Serving suggestion:  Serve warm with a dollop of fresh cream or a slab of ice-cream or both!

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