It’s always on my mind: apple pie!
Okay, maybe not always but one morning it was the first thing on my mind, big time. You know, that bigger-than-life craving that you sometimes get for some specific food. I just had to have apple pie. And not just any apple pie, but the specific apple pie that my grandmother used to serve us.
As I’ve mentioned before I am not a kitchen-kind of a girl. It’s more likely that while peeling an apple I peel the skin off my fingers before I manage to find the actual apple, and the flour is more likely to end up on the black kitchen carpet than into the mixing bowl.
But sometimes, when you’ve got cravings that even the food delivery services cannot help you with, it’s time to take the bull by the horns and do it yourself!
Because I am not regularly seen in or near the kitchen I do not own many cookery books or recipes. But I do have one notebook where I have collected interesting (read: easy enough) recipes and ideas for those moments when I have, for example, people coming over. And there it was; the recipe for the world’s easiest apple pie!
Here in Estonia one has to sometimes implement some creativity into the mix because, despite having one of the biggest Finnish supermarket chains in the country, supermarkets do not include all of the things that I have grown accustomed to see as essential cooking-wise. And in order to confuse you a bit more they have packaged all the familiar things into different kinds of containers, so it takes a wee while to locate what ever it is that you are looking for.
For example, here they prefer to buy their milk in a bag(!!) rather than in a carton container. How the hell they manage to get the milk out of the bag without spilling it all over the place, I have not yet figured out.
When it comes to baking, in particular, I have noticed a serious shortage in the essential foodstuff: I haven’t yet located liquid margarine anywhere and after two years of searching I have finally faced a defeat and admitted the fact that here they simply do not have that particular kind of sour cream – a bit like créme fraiche but not quite – that we use for an unbelievably array of cooking in Finland.
I faced another problem when trying to find vanilla custard: they’ve got all forms of vanilla curds, yogurts and creams but no custard. So, I ended up buying something that resembled a custard and it was disgusting both texture and flavor-wise.
Challenges of living abroad volume 2646 right there.
This apple pie is great for that particular reason that you can implement some creativity by switching the fruit or the dairy product. In addition this pie doesn’t require a custard or any other condiments as a companion. Leaving the custard out of the equation doesn’t spoil the enjoyment at all, on the contrary, you would be quite Italian and concentrating on the main product itself.
I had to be creative and replace the “sour cream” with something else so I chose a yogurt. And not just any yogurt but a baked apple-flavored yogurt!
The Easiest Apple Pie
5-6 portions / 15-30 min
2-4 apples (if you have enormous apples available then just 1 will do)
2 deciliter flour
1 deciliter sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1½ teaspoon baking powder
2 deciliter sour cream or unflavored yogurt (recommendation: baked apple-flavored)
1 deciliter oil or melted butter
cinnamon and sugar
Mix the dry ingredients (flours and sugars) and add in the yogurt, butter and the egg. Mix well until the mixture is smooth. Butter the baking tray well or use a greaseproof paper on the bottom of the tray to stop the dough from sticking. Spread the dough into the baking tray and spread it evenly. Place apple slices on the top and sprinkle a generous layer of sugar and cinnamon on the pie.
Bake in 200 degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes. Let the pie cool down a bit before serving.