Countryside Apple Pie

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Countryside Apple Pie Recipe

Serves 8/10 ≈ 9’’(23cm) & 6’’(15cm) diameter tart pans.

Pie Dough / Shortcrust
1.3 cups (180g) all purpose flour
7 Tbsp (100g) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
1 Tbsp (10g) sugar
1 pinch (≈1g) salt
1/2 tsp (2.5g) vanilla paste
1 ea. (≈20g) egg yolk (save white for the tart glaze)
2 Tbsp (30ml) milk.

In a food processor, sand dry ingredients and butter butter first. Add the yolk, milk and vanilla and mix to combine. Wrap up and chill completely.
Grease tart pan with softened butter. Flour work surface and work out dough to soften – the dough should remain cool and supple. Roll out shortcrust into a thin ≈ 0.08 inch (2mm) thick disk. Shape the pie, do not prick dough with a fork; let tart shell(s) to rest in the refrigerator.

Vanilla Custard
2 ea. (100g) large eggs
2 Tbsp (20g) brown sugar
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla paste
1.2 Tbsp (15g) flour
2 tsp (5g) corn starch
0.6 cup (150g) half/half.

Blend all ingredients together and chill.

Apple Flambéed Mixture
1.8 lb. (800g) apple; a mix of granny smith and Honeycrisp
1 Tbsp (15g) butter
3 Tbsp (30g) brown sugar
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla paste
2.7 ounces (80g) golden raisins
0.4 cup (100g) Calvados, Armagnac, Rum or Grand Marnier liquor.

Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into wedges and cubes. If made in advance; toss apple cubes in some lemon juice to prevent from browning.
In a hot and large frying pan, throw in butter, apples and raisins and sautée for 5 min on high heat stirring every so often. Add sugar and vanilla and continue to cook for 3 minutes more. Add liquor and Flambée – transfer the apples-raisin mixture onto a baking tray lined with silicone mat to cool down.

Tart Glaze
1 ea. (30g) egg white
3 Tbsp (30g) sugar
2 Tbsp (30g) butter, melted.
Whisk egg white with sugar and add melted butter. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Fill the tart with the room temperature apples mixture. Cover with the custard two-third up (apples should remain visible like icebergs).
Bake pie for 30/35 minutes. If using a removable bottom tart pan, place tart directly over the oven rolling rack. Remove tart from oven, drizzle the pie(s) with tart glaze and bake for 10 minutes more at 425ºF (220ºC). Cool.
Serve countryside apple pie at room temperature or just warm. Enjoy!

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