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Old Fashioned Apple Pie

10 Aug

As American as an apple pie. Let the aroma of a freshly baked pie fill your home.

For the pastry:

600 gm all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp sugar

250 gm frozen butter

1 1/2 cups ice water

For the filling:

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

12 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

3/4 cup sugar, plus additional for pie top

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Pinch ground cloves

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 large egg, beaten


Heat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pate brisee into two 1/8-inch-thick circles to a diameter slightly larger than that of an 11-inch plate. Press one pastry circle into the pie plate. Place the other circle on waxed paper, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill all pastry until firm, about 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, lemon zest and juice, spices, and flour. Toss well. Spoon apples into pie pan. Dot with butter, and cover with remaining pastry circle. Cut several steam vents across top. Seal by crimping edges as desired. Brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with additional sugar.

Bake until crust is brown and juices are bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool on wire rack before serving


Date Cake

10 Aug

A mouth watering cake with the goodness of dates and is easy to make. You cannot say no to this one!


Dry mixture:

In a bowl sieve maida, soda bi-carb and coco powder together.

Add chopped dates to this mixture.

Wet mixture:

Beat sugar and refined oil together in a mixer. Add milk and beat it again.

Add eggs and fold it in the mixture.

Start adding the dry mixture to the wet mixture gradually and keep stirring with a spatula till properly mixed.

Pour the mixture in a greased tin.

Bake at 180 degrees C for 30-40 minutes or till the knife inserted comes out clean.