Saturday, 2 February 2013

Apple Raisin Rum Pie with Almond Crumble Topping




It's February once again.  The month that celebrates love and romance.  And what best to express this month in terms of food than sweets, confectioneries, cakes, anything dessert, and great entrees for that special dinner on Valentine's day.   Lovely!  That's why for this month of February I'll be burning my brows in cooking those that I have just mentioned :-)

Let's start with my apple pie.  The thing is, I can't make my pie crust right :-(  it's always palpak (unsuccessful due to stupidity - long pout) .  I tend to get sloppy sometimes if not most of the time.  Imagine, I almost forgot to add water to my pie crust.  I know something was odd to my dough so when I double-checked the recipe I wrote on my red book, the word w-a-t-e-r was not ticked meaning it wasn't added yet.  My red notebook might have been shouting WATER all the while but I wasn't listening :-(  AND I was supposed to just par-baked the pie crust but I think I had overdone it :-(  This is my second time to make apple pie and I cannot even make a decent pie crust!!!  (By the way, I draft my recipes on my new red notebook.  I left my old black mini-notebook in Tabuk where I used to write my recipes on)

BUT, BUT, BUT (wide smile and eyes twinkling) my husband gave me a two-thumbs-up for my apple-raisin-rum pie.  He said it was delicious and that it wasn't cloying sweet.  He liked it a lot unlike my very first apple pie (see Apple-cinnamon Pie)  He's not loving the pie crust though but the filling and the toppings was perfect for him.  And the rum gave that perfect boozy effect that is so relaxing.  This apple pie by the way, is not soupy. The filling is moist and a bit firm.

I broke down the recipes in three parts so as not to confuse you including myself and my husband hehehe.  I'll continue to experiment on pies specially on how to make a good pie crust to have that perfect, un-embarassing apple pie. Will anyone help me with the proper way of making pie crust?  Can't I just make use of pizza crust instead?  I know how to make a decent and acceptable pizza crust but not pie crust, yet. 

Anyway, try this apple pie.  The filling and the crumble topping will not disappoint you.  Just make use of a better pie crust :-)




APPLE RAISIN RUM PIE with ALMOND CRUMBLE TOPPING
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Ingredients:

Pie Crust - one 9" pie crust (see recipe of Pie Crust with Corn Oil)
Apple, diced (1/2"x1/2" ) - 4 pcs (medium-sized)
Raisins - 1/2 c
Dark Rum - 1/2 c
Butter - 50 g.
Water - 1/4 c
Brown Sugar (I used dark brown)- 1/2 c
All Purpose flour - 3 tbsp
Corn Starch - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon powder - 3/4 tsp
Vanilla Powder - 1/8 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Almond Crumble toppings (see recipe below)

Make sure that you remove the core specially the seeds of the apple.

Cooking Procedure:

1. Soak raisins in rum overnight.
2.  Mix the brown sugar, all purpose flour, corn starch, cinnamon powder, salt, and vanilla powder together and set aside.
3. Drain raisin and set aside both the raisin and the rum.
4. In a saucepan, melt butter under low heat then add the diced apples. Stir for at least 2 minutes then add the raisins.  Stir.  Make sure to coat every diced apples.
5. Add 1/4 cup of water to the apple-raisin mixture and let it simmer for at least 5 minutes or until the apple softens.  Let it cool down for at least 15 minutes.

While the apple-raisin is cooling down, make the almond crumble toppings, see the recipe below.

6.  After 15 minutes or when the apple-raisin mixture cooled down, mix the dry ingredient mixture with the apple-raisins. 
7.  Pour 1/4 cup of the rum you used to soak the raisins on the apple mixture.  Mix well.
8.  Preheat the oven to 200OC.
9.  Pour the apple-raisin-rum filling on the par-baked pie crust.  
10. Spread the almond crumble toppings on top of the apple-pie.
11.  Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.  


Just make sure that your pie crust does not get burned.  If you over baked it during the supposedly par-baking process, turn off your oven after 15 minutes of baking and let your pie stay inside the oven for 10 minutes longer.



     ALMOND CRUMBLE TOPPINGS 

You can make this while waiting for the apple and raisins to cool down

Ingredients:

Almonds, roasted and crushed - 1/2 c
Flour - 3 tbsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Butter - 30 g.

Cooking Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients for the crumble using your hands well and set aside.  Spread it on top of the pie fillings.



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