Warning – following these instructions might seriously increase your waistline. If you’re on a diet – stop reading.
If you ever find yourself wondering how to spend a perfect Sunday – go to the store and get this list:
- 1 bag of flour
- 300 g of butter
- 150 g of light and 40 g of dark brown sugar (you might want to get more of these for repeated happy Sundays)
- Vanilla sugar (they are usually sold in multiple packages, so your repeated happy Sundays are already taken care of here)
- 1.5 kg apples (Elstar of Jonagold, any red sweet sort will do probably)
- Cinnamon (every proper kitchen has cinnamon already, but you might have run out)
- 2 cups of raisins (although you surely have some at home – and if you don’t, now is the time to start keeping a supply of raisins)
Wait until Sunday morning. Then do the following:
1- Make the bottom
Take 300 g flour, 250 g of butter and 150 g of brown sugar and knead it into a smooth dough. Leave to rest for half an hour in a cool place. Spread the dough over a 26 cm springform pan, pressing tightly. Make sure the dough is spread all the way up to the edge of the pan.
2- Make the filling
Peel the apples and remove the cores. Cut the apples into pieces. In a large pan, slightly bake the apples with a bit of water. Add a full tablespoon of cinnamon and two (small) cups of raisins. Bake the whole a couple of minutes longer, mixing it together. Pour the apples into the springform over the bottom and press it together.
3- Make the top crust
Knead together 90 g of flour, 1 small bag of vanilla sugar and 40 g of butter. Add 40 g of dark brown sugar and mix well, but don’t knead it any more so it remains crumbly. Spread the mix evenly over the apple pie.
4- Bake the pie
Preheat the over at 190 degrees and bake the pie for 50 minutes. Enjoy the smell as it spreads over the house. When the top crust is turning golden brown – its done! Take the pie out of the oven and let it cool slightly.The crust will harden and you can remove the outer rim of the springform.
5- Eat the pie
Cut a slice. If you feel like really spoiling yourself, add whipped cream. Pour yourself some fresh coffee. Enjoy your perfect Sunday!
This recreation of the famous Dudok apple pie, a Rotterdam speciality, comes from www.smulweb.nl. I have been baking for several years now. I have discarded the apple sauce and sugar from the filling, since the apple sauce made it too moist and the pie has enough sugar in it as it is. The caloric content of the whole thing is something like 5000 kcal, which makes it a great hikers food. I’ve baked it while staying in hostels in New Zealand and it really refills your energy after a long track. Take a slice with you on a hike and even the wettest, muddiest day will have something heavenly in it. The pie survives freezing quite nicely. But nothing beats it fresh out of the oven.