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18.10.13

CUSTARD APPLE PIE


Let me see. I have been busy and not always with fun. I managed three posts since August, oh how I wish it was still summer! In the meantime I got so behind responding to comments and checking out friendly blog sites I pondered hanging up the apron… permanently. Then a couple of weeks ago I got half way through Maria’s new entries and that’s when my computer fan stopped – downtime again; for the third time in three months. However the 46 unfinished posts and the numerous batches of photos I no longer recall what they were of beckon me to continue. At the same time I am acutely aware of the fact that keeping up a blog is… work.

Thanksgiving Sunday came and went. Jim and I were fortunate to be guests at a large family gathering that was held in the new digs our youngest and her husband bought at the end of the summer. The place was gorgeous and the turkey dinner amazing. There was ham and 2 kinds of pies. I contributed the dressing, the cheesecake with chocolate ganache and raspberry coulis and a chocolate cake, rice and breaded pork chops for the kiddies. Olivia’s little cousin was not allowed to eat “differently”, but in the end managed to swipe a porkchop anyway.
 
 
Monday was Thanksgiving. We treated our pie loving friend to a roast chicken dinner and custard apple pie. I also filled his head with my current obsession; space, time and the Multiverse.* He was OK he had most of the pie. I managed to save a tiny slice for the photo. It was insanely delicious. Adapted from The Joy of Baking, but I can’t help thinking I should make it with a streusel topping next time. The apples are ready… I may make a pie next week or in one of the parallel universes…

Pie Pastry recipe is here

Apricot Glaze:
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1/2 tablespoon Cognac or Water

Custard:
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup 14% half and half cream
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Brandy

Apples:
4 Granny Smith Apples
3 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp unsalted butter

• Prepare the pie pastry fresh.
• Preheat the oven to 400F.
• Line an 8 - 9 inch pie plate with pastry and make a fluted edge.
• Line the unbaked pastry shell with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
• Fill it with pie weights or dry beans, making sure the weights are evenly distributed over the entire surface.
• Bake the crust for 15 minutes.
• Remove the weights and bake the pie shell for 10 minutes longer.
• Cool the crust on a wire rack.
• Meanwhile make the apricot glaze. In a small saucepan heat the apricot preserves until boiling. Remove from heat and strain to get rid of lumps. Add Cognac or water.
• When the pie crust is cool, spread a thin layer of the warm apricot glaze over the bottom and sides of the tart to seal the crust and to prevent it from getting soggy.
• Let the glaze dry for 20 - 30 minutes. Next make the custard. In a large bowl whisk the flour and sugar together.
• Mix in the eggs and stir with a wooden spoon to make a smooth paste. Do not let this mixture sit too long as it will form a crust. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the half-and-half until it just starts to boil and the cream foams up.
• Remove from heat and gradually in a thin stream whisk it into the egg mixture, stirring constantly.
• Whisk in the vanilla extract and the brandy, if using.
• Set this mixture aside while you prepare the apples. Peel, core, and slice the apples into 1/4 inch thick slices.
• Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar.
• Add the apples and sauté until they begin to soften, in 5 - 10 minutes.
• Set the cooked apples aside.
Assemble the pie.
• Preheat the oven to 350F.
• Arrange the apple wedges in concentric circles on top of the cooled and glazed pie shell. Carefully pour the custard over the apples to just below the top of the pie plate [do not fill all the way or the custard will drip between the crust and the pan].
• Sprinkle lightly with the Cinnamon Sugar. Bake the pie for about 25-30 minutes or until the custard has set. Let the pie cool on wire rack.
• Serve the pie with softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

This was a good Thanksgiving. How was yours? 
 
* This is quantum mechanics and the presenters are theoretical physicists. I am not endorsing some esoteric nonsense. Just making sure...

8 comments:

  1. What a beautyful pie! I salivate just looking at the picture. Alas having eaten my way to diabetes, I must abstain.

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    1. Ah I am so sorry Laszlo... But thanks for the compliment. :-)

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  2. What a beautiful photo of your family dinner Zsuzsa, it reminds me of the food filled tables we had growing up. Not that thanksgiving wasn't full of gluttony this year, but it's just my brother's family and JT and I. We ate too much but it was worth it.
    I'm glad you're not hanging up the apron for sure! I'm making Marha vadashus gomboczal. I'm using The Traditional Hungarian Kitchen, Ilona Horvath; I would like to use my mothers very old Hungarian cookbook, but I find it rather difficult to read the long hand recipe style that the book is written in, I much prefer the lists and steps as we do in North America.
    The pie is beautiful, it really gives me the impression of a fall day with the way you've captured the light. And it looks delicious too. I made a Normandy Apple Tart for dessert tonight and that has a thin layer of custard with brown butter almonds in it. It's a very tasty dessert.

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    1. I look forward to the write up on your delicious tart Eva.

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  3. Hi Zsuzsa, what a lovely family gathering, gosh I miss those... welcome back, I missed you. When I read the title of the post, I thought it was for custard apple, the fruit. Nonetheless, this looks absolutely delicious... another of your recipes that I am keen to cook. Nagyon finom! xox

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    1. Lizzy how are you? Yes the family gathering is so good for the children. My fondest memories are of those... You just gave me an idea for a future post!

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  4. A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you, Zsuzsa. It looks like you were surrounded by family and friends for a meal fit for a queen. Your contributions sound delicious as always.

    I did a quick run into the city market today and saw all the bags of apples and was tempted but I don't know what I'd do with 10 pounds of apples for just myself.
    I'd love to make a custard apple pie one day. It sounds like change from the more traditional apple pie ... not that there's anything wrong with one of those either.

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    1. Thank you Maria! I saw you prepared a nice plate as well.

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