Here is the recipe that Sophie is following.
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup powder sugar (she cuts down the sugar, to about 1/2 to 3/4)
- 1 cup of vegetable shortening (she is using vegetable oil)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
That dough can be rolled to a log and sliced for a great cookie recipe. For that though, I think you should stick with the full sugar and the shortening.
When I was there Sophie had already made the dough and it was in the refrigerator to rest for about 30 minutes.
Spread some flour on the table
Place the dough on the table and bring out the rolling pin.
Roll out te dough to about 1/4 inch thick.
Something like that. Traditionally for that pie, you can just put the filling in the middle and fold the sides over, like an envelope to make a rustic pie. Sophie is using the pie pan. Very good pie pan I might add.
Measure to make sure that it is larger that the pan it, and it has clearance for the sides of the pan as well.
Using the rolling pin, wrap the dough around it, and transfer it on the pan. do not push it down, let the weight of the dough to pull it down.
Speaking about filling…
This is a great filling. Very filling (get it?… filling filling? ahh never mind..) So she is using apples and pears, and some natural sweetener like raisins, dried apricots, dates or other dried fruits. The spices are simple, a dash of cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg. Keep it simple, it is an apple pie, not spice pie. She is just putting everything in the pot with 1/2 cup of orange juice. You need some liquid there or else the apples will burn. Towards the end (that is when the apples are cooked, not to a mash but to a tender soft apple) add a tbsp of corn starch to soak the reaming liquid converting it to a nice thicken sauce.
Add the filling in the pie, but do not pack it in. You want it to be more light so the steam will find a way out.
Flatten the top, (again flatten does not mean pack it ok?). Sophie now takes a pear and removes the seeds and slice it on the bias.
Just like this…
Take them and arrange them on the pie, slightly overlapping like this…
In the middle Sophie is adding some nuts, but you can leave it empty, or add some more pear slices, or anything you feel like.
Bake at 375 F oven for 30-45 mins, since it will vary, based on the apples, and the moisture that is in them…
When ready, let cool, slice and eat. Mmm… So good.
It is a great pie, and takes very little to make. Really. Very little. So I hope you like it. I hope Sophie is strong to face again her new awaiting battle.
I have to mention here Sam. Sophie’s husband, a great guy, with great italian spirit and great cooking skills. He and Sophie, make a perfect couple… The compliment each other, just like in the kitchen. Sophie bakes and Sam cooks. Soon I will have pictures of Sam cooking, and his amazing Garden.
Sophie and Sam I love you!