When my niece was little, my brother and his ex-partner lived with my mum. The story goes that when mum got home from work each evening, Lana would be standing at the top of the stairs, waiting for her, and mum would greet her by saying "hello, sweetie." After awhile, Lana started greeting mum by calling "hello, sweetie", and every question or greeting was started with "sweetie..." The name has stuck, and now my kids (except Chloe) call her sweetie. (I understand Chloe's reluctance to call her nanny "sweetie", it matches my reluctance to call my grandma "nan", but all my cousins, including my siblings, do)
Growing up, apple pie happened regularly in our house. Well, almost as regularly as BBQs (which only happened when people visited), and usually resulted in a fight between my parents. I don't actually remember eating apple pie until I was well into my teenage years and it was harder for my parents to enforce "no". But mum has baked it for me many times since leaving home (and sometimes we even share pie with my brother and sister), although now I have her old Kenwood mixer, she usually makes it here at my place.
This is my first ever attempt at Sweetie's Apple pie. It's the same pastry as fruit mince pies [link above], and Sophie wouldn't stop eating the dough, just like we used to do. It isn't excessively sweet, getting sweetness from the pastry, and any accompaniments.
8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, finely sliced
1Tbs white sugar
125g butter, softened
½cup caster sugar
1 ½ cups self raising flour
* place apples in saucepan, cover with water, sprinkle sugar over top
* cook until tender, but not mushy
* drain, allow to cool at least 1hr
* cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
* add egg, mix well
* slowly add flour, mix well
* if mix is sticky, add up to 1/4 cup extra flour
* dough should feel soft, and hold shape
* take half dough, press into base and sides of lined pie dish
* pour apples into unbaked dish
* taking small amounts of dough, press out flat using hands, and place over apples
* continue until completely covered
* bake 180°C for 45min, or until golden brown on top
* allow to cool slightly before serving. I like my pie with ice cream, but the kids love custard.
This is week 4 of the #bloggerbakeoffau, inspired by The Great Australian Bake Off, currently screening on Foxtel Lifestyle channel at 8.30pm Tuesdays. If you'd like to play along, you can take inspiration from the recipes shared on the website each week, or put your own spin on the topic. Next week's topic is CHOCOLATE [and the week after is BREAD] you don't need to watch the show to join me for baking fun.