The appeltaart is a really popular traditional Belgian pie which is mainly comprised of apple, this apple pie recipe has been around for a number of centuries in Belgium. It can easily rival the common American apple pie in terms of taste and texture of what an apple pie should be. This type of pie can easily be served by both warm and cold, the pie can also be topped with whipped cream or ice cream to make the pie taste unique and also great.
The appeltaart has different recipes for the dough and also the filling and we will list down the ingredients below:
For the dough you will need:
- 300g or 2 1/8 cups of flour
- 180g or 3/4 cup of butter or margarine
- 150g or 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and a pinch of salt
For the filling you might need:
- 1kg of apples
- 100g or 3/4 cups of raisins that are both dried and also washed
- 40g or 1/4 cup of sugar that is granulated
- 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons of semolina
Once you have these ingredients you can start cooking your appeltaart. First we need to start with the dough with the following directions:
You need to stir the flour together with the vanilla baking powder, brown sugar and finally the salt in a mixing bowl. You can cut the butter or margarine into very small cubes and then get to add them to your flour mixture in the mixing bowl. Beat the one egg on a bowl get to add 3/4 of the egg into your flour mix while the 1/4 of the egg you need to later for the top of the dough. You need to mix the butter to your flour mixture and kneed it to easily form a dough and the dough needs to be easily be formed into a ball. You can now put the dough inside the refrigerator for one hour. This is now the best time to make the filling of the pie, you need to follow the directions for the fillings accurately.
The first thing is to wash and peel the apples from its skin and cut the peeled apples into cubes. You can easily vary the size of the cubes so that the pie would tastes better. Using a large bowl you can then combine the apple. dried raisins, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and at least 1 1/2 teaspoons of semolina. You need to mix it well and must make sure that the flavors of the different ingredients to easily blend by trying to stir it thoroughly.
Once you are done mixing the fillings, you can then add butter to the cake pan and try to spray it with non stick oil. After that you can line the bottom of the pan with almost 3/4 of the dough, make sure that the dough can cover the pan. Cover the base of the pan what is left of the semolina. This is now the proper time to add the filling without the juices. You can roll the rest of the dough until it is just 1/4 inch thick. And you can slice the dough to make little strips, you can layer the strips over the pie. You need to cover the one third of the dough surface so that you can see a couple pieces of the apple in the pie to make it more appealing. You must coat with the remaining egg the dough strip and then bake the pie at 175 degrees Celsius in an oven for approximately 75 minutes.
The appeltaart is a really easy and also fun traditional recipe that you can try on your spare time. You can experience eating traditional Belgian apple pie and you can share it with your friends and also family. This is also a simple recipe for novice cooks and bakers to try and practice their craft, the most important thing is to have fun while cooking it.