We all have days when nothing is working out the way we want. To start with, You can’t get out of bed (it’s raining anyway so why would you want to in the first place!). You simply have no motivation or energy to do anything interesting, milk run out and your dog just s***t the carpet! Everything seems like such a struggle. You feel miserable and the only thing that could make this day better is something sweet 🙂 Just one small bite of chocolate or a scoop of ice cream…
We all know how that one ends… Before you know it you end up shoving up entire chocolate all by yourself! 🙂 So how to fight this? Is there something you could do to keep this at least more balanced and bit more healthy? My answer is yes and its called Apple pie 🙂
Some people might think that I am crazy recommending cake instead of ice cream or chocolate. But let me give you some facts about my theory – apple pie has around 300kcal per portion, depends on the recipe. And what about ice cream or chocolate? 2-3 scoops of ice cream have around 400kcal and 100g of chocolate around 500kcal. As you see there is difference and most importantly – if you bake a cake at home you know what’s in it! So in case you have cravings for sweets, bake an apple pie at home. In order to make this easier for you I have chosen a great recipe which I call – Apple pie from Lidl.
Apple pie from Lidl? Yep, this is not a joke 🙂 This recipe is actually coming from a cook book called “Kuchnia Polska” (Polish Cuisine) by Pawel Malecki and was released by Lidl in Poland couple of weeks back. The book is full of traditional Polish sweet pastry and desserts made by Pawel (who is actually a master pastry chef) and his friends – food bloggers and culinary experts.
Polish apple pie “Szarlotka” step by step.
- 3kg of sour apples
- 1 lemon
- Cane sugar
- 100g of biscuits
- 500g of flower
- 90g of powdered sugar
- 1/2 of a spoon of baking powder
- 250g of cold butter, plus a bit for covering the baking tray
- 2 egg yolks
- Seeds scraped from 2 vanilla beans
- 2-3 spoons of sour cream
- 40g of crushed almonds
- Pinch of salt
- DOUGH: Mix the flower with powdered sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt. Place the butter into mixture and cut with a knife, add the egg yolks, scrapped vanilla seeds, sour cream and knead a dough. In case the dough is not sticking together add more sour cream. Split the dough into two pieces with proportions of 1/3 and 2/3. Cover the bigger part with foil and put into fridge for 40 minutes. Into smaller part add the crushed almonds and mix well. Cover with foil and place into the freezer.
- APPLES: Peel all the apples and divide them into two parts. Grate one half on a grater and sprinkle with a lemon juice from half of the lemon. Add cane sugar, cinnamon and crushed biscuits. They will suck up almost all the juices from apples. Deseed the second part of the apples and cut them into quarters, sprinkle with lemon juice from second half of lemon
- BAKING: Note: Baking tray should have size of 24 x 36 cm. Brush the baking tray with some butter and sprinkle with crushed biscuits. Take out the bigger part of the dough and roll it out, place into your baking tray. Using fork make a small wholes on couple of places. Bake the dough in a heat up the oven 170°C, 338°F for 12-14 minutes. It should be baked slightly on top.
- Take out the baking tray from the oven and let it cool down. On top of the cold dough spread the grated apples and cover with the quartered ones. Take out the smaller part of the dough from the freezer and grate on bigger grater. Spread it equally on the apples and bake for 50 minutes on 170°C, 338°F. Once done, higher the temperature to 180°C, 356°F and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Serving tip – apple pie “Szarlotka” tastes the best dusted with powdered sugar, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on side.