Country Apple Pie with Pecan Streusel Topping

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Country Apple Pie with Pecan Streusel Topping

For Pastry Dough:

180g all-purpose flour

15g granulated sugar

Pinch salt

120g plus 30g cold unsalted butter

60ml to 90ml ice water

For Streusel

90g unsalted butter, softened

70g firmly packed brown sugar

45g all-purpose flour

75g chopped walnuts

25g oats

For Filling

1.5kg Golden Delicious or Pink lady apples (about 6 medium)

90g firmly packed brown sugar

50g granulated sugar

15g all-purpose flour

15ml fresh lemon juice

½ tsp cinnamon

30ml milk

10g granulated sugar

Pastry dough:

Blend together flour, sugar, salt, and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal or pulse in a food processor.

Add 15ml ice water and toss mixture with a fork or pulse until incorporated.

Add enough of the remaining ice water, 10ml at a time, until mixture begins to form a ball.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead to allow gluten to slightly develop in flour.

 Form the dough into a ball and then flatten it to form a disk.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

For Streusel:

In a small bowl blend butter, brown sugar, and flour with your fingertips until smooth and then blend in nuts.

Chill the streusel topping covered until you need it.

For Filling:

Peel and core apples and cut them into thin wedges into a medium bowl.

Toss sliced apples with the remaining filling ingredients to coat.

Preheat the oven to 160ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4.

Roll out chilled dough on a lightly floured surface into a 40 cm round (about 0.4 cm thick).

Place dough into a 25cm deep-dish pie plate letting dough overhang rim.

Spoon filling into pie shell and then fold pastry overhang over filling, leaving center uncovered.

Bake pie in middle of oven 1 hour (pie will not be completely cooked) and remove from oven.

Crumble streusel topping over center of pie.

Brush crust with milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Return pie to oven and bake in the middle of oven 30 minutes more, or until crust is golden.

Remove from oven and cool pie on a rack.

Serve apple pie warm or at room temperature with your favourite ice cream.

Serves
8

Preparation Time
45 minutes

Cooking Time
90 minutes

Main ingredients
Flour, Fruit

Recipe Type
Cakes & Baking, Dessert, Entertaining

Level of Difficulty
Medium

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