I found myself with a pile of apples at home so decided I should turn them into something to share with my housemates. I ummed and ahhed for a while and eventually decided to make a batch of apple slice. I kept it light on the sugar front so the fruity flavour of the apple could be the star of the show, with the light pastry happily holding it all together. Despite the fact I’m not very confident with pastry (so I keep avoiding making it, thus remaining not confident making it!) this turned out really nicely and was a simple, delicious way to use a pile of apples.
The filling of the slice calls for stewed apples, and I used this recipe but omitted the sugar. I stewed them in advance, but just make sure they have cooled down before you use them.
- Stewed apples (approximately 6 apples)
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 250g butter
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Vanilla sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- If you have a food processor you can add all ingredients and mix it throughly. Remove from the bowl and knead slightly then wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes
- If you don’t have a food processor – mix the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl and then mix in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the egg then knead well, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes
- Split the dough in half and roll out as close to the size of your tin as possible. Do the same with both halves of the dough.
- Line the tin with baking paper then place one piece of your dough in the bottom, top with the apples and then the second piece of dough
- Brush the top with some milk and sprinkle with vanilla sugar (or normal sugar). Bake for 25 minutes and then remove. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into slices
- I’d recommend refrigerating the slice as it tastes extra delicious when the apple is nice and cold. It has to last that long of course!
What’s your favourite way to use apples? Are you confident with pastry and want to share any tips with me?