It’s autumn time (still) so it’s pies season! Apple pie, pumpkin pie or jam pie… It’s sooo difficult to choose one. But nothing compares to a piece of apple pie, cinnamon and vanilla flavored, with a dust of sugar, in a cold autumn day.
I love apple pie more than any other pie and today I’m going to show you how to make Romanian apple pie. My favorite! 🙂 It’s very tender, packed with flavor and very easy to prepare with a handful of ingredients.
I’m sure you’re going to love my apple pie!
To prepare this delicious apple pie you should start with the filling. You may use any type of apples but I recommend you to use a sourish type of apples because they are flavorful and you can add sugar to taste. You should rinse and grate the apples, add sugar to taste and cook until the juices are evaporated. Then add ground cinnamon and allow to cool.
The dough is also very easy to prepare: just combine all the ingredients and knead just enough to incorporate all the flour. You should obtain a thick but workable dough, easy to roll out. Divide the dough in 2 pieces, roll out each piece of dough and layer the apple pie. Then bake 🙂 It’s very easy!
Although this apple pie is very easy to prepare, there’s a little difficult part: cooling. This apple pie smells divine and it’s almost impossible to wait about 1 hour… I always burn my fingers and my tongue but it totally worth it! You’ll see 🙂
Note: Apple pie is my favorite pie but I also love pumpkin pie. When I can’t decide which one to make, I make one pie half with apple filling and half with pumpkin filling. Both fillings are thick and they don’t mix.
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Ingredients for the Romanian apple pie – for a 25/35 cm (9.84/13.77 inches) baking tray
– 500 -550 gr (4 cups – 4 1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon) flour
– 150 gr (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
– 200 gr (1 3/4 stick) butter
– 100 gr (1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon) sour cream
– 1 egg
– 8 gr (0,28 oz) vanilla sugar
– 10 gr (0,35 oz) baking powder
– a pinch of salt
– 1.2 – 1.5 kg (2.64 – 3.30 lbs) apples
– about 3 tablespoons granulated sugar or to taste
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
You also need powdered sugar for dusting.
How to make the Romanian apple pie
You should start by making the filling.
Rinse and grate the apples. Place the grated apples into a large pan and sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Place the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the juices are evaporated. Remove from heat, Stir in 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and allow to cool.
Meanwhile prepare the dough.
Use a medium bowl to stir together flour (500 gr/ 4 cups ), a pinch of salt and baking powder. Set aside.
Place sugar, vanilla sugar and butter into a large mixing bowl. Mix until creamy. Add the egg and the sour cream and mix to combine.
Stir in the flour. When the dough becomes too thick to stir continue to knead just until the whole flour is incorporated. If the dough is too sticky, you may add a little more flour (up to 50 gr / 1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon).
Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.
Place 1 piece of dough onto the floured working surface.
Roll out the dough into a 25/35 cm (9.84/13.77 inches) rectangle.
Place the dough into the baking tray and prick it with a fork.
Evenly spread the apples.
Place the 2nd piece of dough onto the floured working surface. Roll out the dough into a 25/35 cm (9.84/13.77 inches) rectangle.
Place this second dough over the filling.
Place the baking tray into the preheated oven and bake at 180ºC (356 ºF) for about 30-35 minutes (or until the edges are golden brown).
Allow to cool, dust with sugar and cut into pieces.