French Apple Pie

I didn’t know what the Hunger Games was up until a month ago. I sat down and read all three books in a week. I am a fan. So while I fed on every piece of the Hunger Games that I could google, I found this: 

I am sure I am not alone when I say Jennifer Lawrence is freakin’ hilarious. Once I got past the adorable cast, I couldn’t help but drool over the mean french apple pie. The minute I heard him say it, I knew I had to bake it. They are right, the French really love butter. It is the crumble on the tart that melts your heart away. . .

Josh: “Brown sugar and butter crumbles..”
Elizabeth: “yes. yes.”
Jennifer: “Ahh oui”

Want to try the JHutch special? Here’s what you’ll need: 

For the Crust:

8 or 9 inch tart pan
1 and 1/2 cup plain flour
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup of butter
1/4 cup ground sugar
1 egg

Mix together butter and sugar till light in color. In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt. Whisk an egg into the butter and sugar mixture and sift in the flour. As soon as it comes together, wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat the oven at 220 C. Roll dough to an 11 inch round disc and using a rolling pin, place it over your tart pan. Be careful not to stretch or work the dough too much for it will crack as it bakes. Using your fingers, press the dough evenly up the sides of the tart pan, cutting off any excess dough. Poke the base of the dough with a fork to keep it from rising when it bakes and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Line the dough with butter paper and fill the tart pan with bean or pie weights. Bake in the oven for about 20 – 25 mins or until just starting to turn golden.

Allow the pie crust to cool while you make the filling.

For the Apple Filling:

6 large green apples, peeled and cored
8 tbsp ground sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp lemon zest

Chop 3 apples into rough cubes. Saute in 1 tbsp of butter. Mix in  half the sugar, half the cinnamon and half the lemon zest. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the apples are soft. Blend to a smooth paste and set aside.

Slice the rest of the three apples about 1/4 inch thick. Saute the same way as above with the rest of the ingredients. This time, cook for roughly 5 minutes such that the slices are tender but not falling apart. Just make sure all the water had dried out.

In your baked pie crust, first fill in a layer of the apple puree. Then neatly align the apple slices.

For the Butter and Sugar Crumble:

1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour 

Lower the oven temperature to 180 C. In a bowl, mix together the crumble ingredients and sprinkle the crumbles on your pie. Bake the pie for another 20- 25 minutes or until its is nicely golden on top.

If you over work the pastry your dough might crack in places.

That’s it. I ate half the crumbles while they were still warm because they were so delicious.

Serve with some caramel ice cream and eat away! Thank you for reading!

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