Monday, October 12, 2009
sour cream apple crumble pie
Sour cream in a pie, odd you think?
I was about 19 when i first did this pie.
I worked in a summer kitchen and then thought I would go back to school in the Fall - then the pastry chef retired, then they offered me good money to replace her, then I didn't go back to school.
This recipe was the owner's grandmother's.
We had it on the menu regularly, it was one of the most popular amongst the regulars, once you taste it, you crave it.
So every Fall I do it at home, at least once.
You can also do it with pears or peaches, then I just add a bit of almond paste or almond extract to the sour cream mixture.
You could also go nuts: pecans, hazelnuts are nice in the crumble.
I like a pâte brisée pastry as the base.
2 1/2 cups flour
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar (if you wish, i like it)
1 cup very cold butter, cubed
1 1/3 cup very cold (icy!) water
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then incorporate the cold butter with a pastry cutter and the help of a knife. It should resemble coarse meal, little peas of butter lost in a sea of flour. Then sprinkle the cold water over the dough and gently mix with your hands - judge how much you need as you go, you will probably need less. It should just hold together and not be sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
1x9inch springform pan or deep dish pie pan
8-9 apples (I like Empire, but any baking apple is fine. I had Cortland today...)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp flour
Roll out your dough and fit the pie pan (or pans! I did minis).
Then mix the sour cream with the egg, add the sugar and flour mixing well. Set aside.
Peel and cut the apples into slices. Mix with the sour cream mixture and arrange in the pie dish. Cook at 375 for about 25 minutes. The top should start to brown just a tiny bit. Take out of the oven and add the crubble topping, cook for another 15 minutes at 350. Crumble should be golden as well as the edges of the pie.
I don't really have a recipe for crumble, I usually just eye it.
I put equal parts of flour and oats, add about half of brown sugar and then put in just enough soft butter to bind it.