Father’s Day didn’t start so well here at Chez KP. First problem, was of course the absence of the Bread WInner. second problem was Son and Heir destroying my knitting at 5.30am. Which I didn’t discover until 6.30 when I decided to start yelling at the Ankle Biters whilst in the same room as them, rather than hollering from bed. That took an hour and a half to repair. Then as I was washing up after breakfast, it dawned on me that I had promised to make my Dad an apple pie for lunch. And that I had to leave by 10am to get to lunch on time as I had also promised to arrive early to put the veg on. He lives almost an hour away. None of us were showered or dressed yet and we were in fact chatting on skype to the Bread Winner. You do the math.

Panic stations. No time to find a recipe. How hard can it be?

Apple Pie

not my apple pie although it looks very similar, you know why, camera is currently in Toronto, photo by Bucklava, some rights reserved

The following is what I did. I do have a ball of left over pastry lurking in the fridge. I could have used 2/3 the quantities I used and it would have been fine. The amounts of apple filling was spot on. I used a standard family sized pie dish and it fed 10 of us with ice cream and cream nicely.

OMG I Nearly Forgot The Apple Pie, Apple Pie

2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
300g butter, cubed
4 tablespoons cold water
7 apples (preferably granny smith, I only had 6 of those so threw in a red delicious as well)
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup rapadura
1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Mix all together into a dough. I mixed for about 10 seconds on speed 7 in the thermomix and then kneaded for 1 minute. Remove and place in fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Toss through lemon juice, rapadura and cinnamon.
  3. Roll out pastry and line pie dish. Fill with apple mixture. Roll out lid, place on top, pinch around edges and cut slits in top for steam to escape. Sprinkle a little more rapadura on top. Cos you can.
  4. Throw Ankle Biters in car. Drive to destination. Throw apple pie in moderate oven with everything else because your weird father likes his apple pie cold. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Breathe a sigh of relief.

Happy Father’s Day to all those paternal types out there. I hope your apple pie was not forgotten.