Berry Best Apple & Pear Pie

I love a good Apple Pie but I had so many different fruits lying around in a bowl and about to be on the verge of chucking out, I decided to take a normal Apple Pie recipe and fruiting it up a little.

So, this is my take on the Apple Pie and I have come up with the ‘Berry Best Apple & Pear Pie’ in the world.

Great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t take a lot of sugar and if you want, you can change it according to which fruits you have at home and need to use up.

So let’s get baking!

We will start with making the Pastry as it needs to chill for about 30mins in the fridge.

Pastry:

2 cups flour

1 cup butter (not at room temp. Straight out the fridge)

1/2 cup icing sugar

2 egg yolks, beaten

little water to bind, about 1 Tbs

Method:

1. Put the flour in a mixing bowl and cut the butter into pieces and drop it into the four. With your fingertips rub the butter into the flour until it is crumbly.

2. Mix in the icing sugar, egg yolks and water.

3. Bring the dough together and knead it for a minute or so and then roll it into a short, fat log of about 10cm/4 inches thick. Wrap it in some plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven at 180 C (350 F).

While the dough chills and the oven heats up, you can start with the filling.

Filling:

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

6 sweet apples

2 pears

1 cup of fresh Raspberries ( You may use frozen berries but defrost before using)

1/2 cup Raisins

1/2 cup butter

Method:

1. In a large bowl, mix flour, both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

2. Peel, core and slice the apples and pears.

3. Stir the apples, pears, berries and raisins into the flour mix until all are well coated.

4. Set aside while you prepare the pie dish.

5. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut it into 1cm (1/2 inch) thick discs. Set 2-3 discs aside to use as the top crust of the pie.

6. Taking each disc and slightly pressing it flat a little, lay the discs in a pie dish, slightly overlaying them around the base and sides of the dish. Discs on the sides, should stick out of the dish about 3 cm (1 inch). Press and nudge closed any gaps on the base with your fingers.

7. Spoon in the fruit mix into the lined pie dish, ensuring it is evenly distributed.

8. Cut butter into small pieces and sprinkle it over the filling.

9. Fold in the dough from the sides of the pie dish and set the remaining 2 or 3 dough discs on the top of the filling. There should be gaps on the top, so don’t worry if it does not cover the whole pie. This allows for the steam to escape while it bakes and it also gives the pie a lovely homemade look.

10. Bake the pie for 50 minutes.

11. When the pie has finished baking, take it out and allow to cool for about 10 mins, then sprinkle a little icing sugar over the top.

You can eat just as is, which is delicious on its own, or you could serve it with some vanilla ice-cream or some whipped cream.

Bon appetit!

Be awesomely blessed.

Cláudia

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