After she passed away we tried to bake the pie just as she did but we never quite got it right.
Last summer my dad decided to clean up some kitchen cupboards and came across an old cooking book my mom liked to use. He gave it to me and lo and behold … in there I found mom’s recipe for apple pie, with handwritten notes attached to it. So here it is ….
14 oz (350 gram) self-rising flour
1 sticks butter
7 oz sugar
a pinch of salt
6-8 apples (firm and sour, I use Belle de Boskoop, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_de_Boskoop)
4 oz sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla scented sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon ( or as much as you like)
3 oz soaked raisins
Put the flour, butter, sugar and salt in a bowl and knead it till it’s a firm ball. Let it rest in a cool place for half an hour.
Peel the apples and cut them into small pieces. Add the sugar, the vanilla scented sugar, raisins and cinnamon and mix together.
I use a spring form pan with a diameter of about 11 inch.
Butter the inside and sprinkle it with bread crumbs.
Line the inside of the spring form pan with about half of the dough and fill it with the apple mixture.
Use the remainder of the dough to roll small strips and put them along the edge. Use what is left of the dough to make a star over the apple filling (see photo).
Brush some egg and water over the dough to give it a rich, golden shine.
Put it in the oven at a medium heat (about 150C, slow) for about 75 minutes.