So what better time to treat him to a home-made one that on Father's Day?
Well - that's what I'd planned. But after that smell had wafted around the house and it came out looking all golden and delicious, I couldn't stop him from grabbing a knife and carving it up.
After all - it tastes so much better when just cooked.
He loved it so much he could barely speak. Then cut himself another slice. Now there's talk of making custard to go with it.
So, here's my recipe for
The Apple Pie That Dreams Are Made Of
Filling:4 Large Granny Smith Apples
140g Caster Sugar
3 tbsps Plain Flour
Pastry:225g Butter (room temperature)
50g Caster Sugar
2 Medium Eggs
350g Plain Flour
Add 1 egg and 1 egg yolk - keeping the white separate for glazing the finished pastry before baking. The end result of this step should be a scrambled-egg like consistency.
Add the flour and beat in bit by bit, until the mixture binds together. Finish by kneading into a ball, wrapping in clingfilm and sticking it in the fridge to chill for at least 45 mins.
Mix the flour and sugar for the filling together and prepare your chosen pie dish. Mine is this rather cool vintage Snoopy one (I'm a bit of a fan, don'tcha know?!)
Take your pastry from the fridge, release from clingfilm and cut off a third for the lid. Set this aside and roll the main body of pastry out on a floured surface until it fits your dish. Knead it into all the curves and make it all neat and tidy. Add the apples and set your oven up - 160 degrees should do it.
Roll out the lid, deposit on top of pie and seal the edges, poking holes in to release apple steam from cooking. Grab your egg white from earlier and give it a short whisk before using a pastry brush to glaze the top. When glazed, sprinkle with some caster sugar and pop that little baby in the oven.
I hope you enjoy it!
Do you like Apple Pie? What's your favourite thing to serve it with? I like ice-cream, but Dave would have nothing less than it swimming in a whole bowl of custard.