by Colleen | September 13, 2009 1:47 pm
I LOVE kitchen gadgets, imagine that! Naturally, one of my
favourite stores to visit is Williams-Sonoma. Recently I picked up a Pocket Pie Mold in the shape of an apple since Fall is now upon us and I enjoy making and eating apple pie.
The mold comes in several different shapes – star, heart, pumpkin and the one I picked was the apple. It is heavy duty plastic and has the cutters on the outside of the mold and the press on the inside. Very easy to use.
The instructions are on the back of the box and include a recipe for pastry made in a food processor which we all thought very tasty. You let the pastry sit, wrapped in plastic, in the refrigerator for 2 hours or so and then roll it out, cut out your shapes, fill with pie filling and press together. You finish them off with an egg wash and I sprinkled mine with Demerara Sugar – a coarsely ground sugar from sugar cane not beets. Bake for 20 minutes and get ready to eat!
2 1/2 Cups (390g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs sugar, plus more to sprinkle on top
16 Tbs (2 sticks/250g) cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2 inch dice
6 to 8 Tbs ice water
1/2 to 1 cup pie filling
1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tsp water for sealing pies and glazing
In a food processor, pulse together the flour, salt and the 2 Tbs sugar until combines, about 5 pulses. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 pulses. Add 6 Tbs of water and pulse twice. The dough should hold together when squeezed with your gingers but should not be sticky. If it is crumbly, add more water 1 tsp at a time, pulsing twice after each addition. Divide the dough in half, wrap with plastic wrap and press each into a disk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
Let the dough stand at room temperature for 5 minutes.
On a floured surface, roll out 1 dough disk into a round 1/16 to 1/8 inch thick. Brush off the excess flour. Using the pocket pie mold cut out 8 of each shape. Gather up scraps and reroll to cut more shapes. Repeat with the remaining dough disk.
Place a solid dough shape in the bottom half of the cutter and gently press the dough into the mod. Fill the center with 1 to 2 Tbs pie filling and brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash. Top with a matching shape which has the decorative cut out vent. Press the top half of the cutter down to seal and crimp the edges of the pie. Remove the pie from the mod and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Preheat an oven to 400 deg F (200C). Brush the pies with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is gently bubbling. 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
These pies can also be fried but use two matching pie dough pieces WITHOUT the vent hole to avoid leakage of the filling while frying.
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