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Jamie Oliver's Pastry Always A Winner.

Jamie Oliver's Pastry Always A Winner.

I love this time of year when all the years harvest is being collected and sold in all its abundance. I always feel like I want to bake and cook all the heart warming foods like casseroles, soups and pies.

Of course a family favourite is Apple Pie. It has to be one of the best all year round puddings but to be honest for me it is an Autumn bake. 

I like to use the large brambly apples for a pie, but often will throw a couple of varieties in just for flavour and texture. I could use a knife to peel my apples, but I find this potato peeler to be the best tool to remove the skin.

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I use five to six large apples to fill a large pie dish, but first I like to stew the apples a little before putting into the pie. I add a squeeze of fresh lemon to prevent the apple browning too much, expect some browning though. I add some cold water to the pan perhaps about 1 cm depth, and a couple of large serving spoons of sugar, it just depends on your preference of liking it sweet or preferring it tart. I like it somewhere in between so my measurements should be about right.

I made my pastry earlier using Jamie Oliver's Recipe from his book, 'Jamie at Home' it is without a doubt the very best recipe for apple pie because of the sweetness of icing sugar added to the dough. I like to call it my fool proof recipe as it has never gone wrong when making it. Jamie's recipe suggests making it by hand, I actually follow the recipe but throw all the ingredients in a food processor and it comes together perfectly into a large ball of dough. By hand is still a good way to make it though, especially if you don't have a mixer or processor. I chill it in the fridge before using. This pastry rolls out brilliantly, you won't find it breaking up into a messy crumb.

Each time I've made this dough its always been a winner, his book is available in most good bookshops and of course you'll find it on Amazon.

The book is beautifully illustrated with gorgeous good life photography, you'll be glad to have it in your recipe book collection. It may also get you inspired for growing your own veg.

Fill the pie up with your stewed apple, but notice its not completely to mush there is still plenty of bite left in the apple.

As you can see the pie is nice and full, go easy on adding the liquid from the juices left over as too much can seep out when baking.

Since its autumn and I had pastry left over, I love to decorate a pie to make it look pretty, so I had a bit of fun with these leaf shaped cutters. You will find cutters like this in any good baking shop.

The pie is ready to go in the oven. I bake it for around 40 minutes at about 180 c.

And there you have it delicious apple pie. Finish is off with a dusting of icing sugar.

Ready to eat a slice hmm!

Oh Yes it tastes so yummy, everyone else had it with ice-cream, but I can happily eat it on its own.

I hope this inspires you to get baking a pie, maybe you have never made pastry before, why not give it a go. I can really recommend Jamie Oliver's book for pastry inspiration, even if you don't have a food processor, he gives all the details to make it all by hand. You can't go wrong with Jamie. He has inspired millions of people to be adventurous in the kitchen, what could possibly go wrong just have a go.

Well enjoy the weekend guys and happy baking.

Caroline x

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