So, today we’ve reached R in The A-Z of Cooking (1977) and…what? Yeah, I know the heading for the post is Blackberry and Apple Pie. But we’re at R already; you should know by now that The A-Z is never going to give you Roasts or Rice or Root Vegetables. Anyone want to guess the “R” in blackberries or apples or pie? No? Good thing because you may as well be shouting “Rumpelstiltskin”. The R in question is “Reheatable”. What makes this even weirder than the normal bonkers of The A-Z is that you’ll quite likely never need to reheat this Blackberry and Apple Pie because it is so good that you’ll eat it in one go!
If you follow me on Instagram, this picture may be somewhat familiar as I posted it the day I made it which was waaaaayyy back in February. As they say, good things some to those who wait! The February baking also explains the heart-shaped decorations because nothing says “I love you” like pie right?
The pastry for the Blackberry and Apple Pie came together really well which was awesome because pastry and bread, even after just doing two months of bread with Tasty Reads, are still things that frighten me! I used frozen blackberries so my mixture was quite wet so when before I placed the filling into the pastry I sprinkled some almond meal into the mix. This helps to soak up any juices that would have resulted in that anathema to the British Bake Off – the soggy bottom. Having recently spilled my water bottle all over my lap en route to the gym and having to do an entire class feeling like I had wet my pants, I am also totally against the soggy bottom!
Okay, I know I need to work on my edges but come on, you gotta give me points for the hearts right?
Long story short. This was one of the best recipes so far from The A-Z of Cooking. Shame it was hidden away in “R for Reheatable”. If I was going to randomly allocate it a category, it would certainly fall under “T for Totally Awesome”. Here’s the recipe, including my l’il almond meal trick.
- 200g flour
- 100g butter
- 1 tbsp castor sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 500g cooking apples
- 1 punnet fresh or 250g frozen blackberries
- 1-2 tbsp almond meal
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
- Sift the flour into a bowl.
- Add the butter and rub until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add the sugar, the egg yolk and enough water to make a firm dough.
- Roll out half the dough into a circle and line a 22cm pie dish.
- Peel, core and slice the apples.
- Mix them with the blackberries, the lemon juice, the almond meal, and sugar to taste.
- Spoon the filling into the lined pie dish.
- Heat your oven to 425F or 220C.
- Roll out the rest of the dough and use it to top the pie. Seal the edges, trim neatly and decorate as you wish. Make sure you include a hole in the centre, either as part of the decoration as I did or, just with a skewer. This will allow the steam to escape.
- Sprinkle with sugar.
- Place in oven and bake until the pastry is golden-brown, about 30-40 minutes.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired!
Have a wonderful week! And enjoy the pie!