September means new beginnings in everyone’s lives. After a well-earned summer break, we feel like it’s time to start everything anew. Same job, but different goals; same school, but different class. Same husband, but different town.
To me, September has meant leaving Venice and moving to Newcastle Upon Tyne. In case you’re wondering, the reason is my husband’s new job at the university there. So, for the next three years my life will be surrounded by new people, new panoramas and, of course, new ingredients.
Whenever I have to face a challenge, I need to brighten my day with objects and food that have the power to comfort me. Yes, I’m still a bit childish. And I love spending some time in my old bedroom, reading children’s books and looking at old family pictures.
But the thing I love the most is the smell of comfort food. That smell has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. It can still make me feel at home, no matter where I am. So, today I have decided to bake the most powerful comfort food ever: a simple and perfect apple pie.
I have learned the recipe of this apple pie in the United States, from a traditional Hamish cookbook. Even if it doesn’t belong to my family’s cooking memories, it has become one of them. This apple pie means family, Sunday lunches, sharing and loving each other. It means not feeling alone, or sad.
It also means that no matter how hard the challenge in front of you is, you’ll find the strength to go on and look at the bright side. Yes, this apple pie is THAT powerful!
So, take some time and bake it. This apple pie is truly magical, a loving hug for your first, challenging September days.
The Perfect Apple Pie
For the dough
450 gr. all-purpose flour
100 gr. caster sugar
275 gr. cold butter
1 egg yolk + 4 tbsp of cold water mixed together
For the filling
4/5 large apples
1 tsp of cinnamon
90 gr. caster sugar
90 gr. all-purpose flour
LET’S DO IT!
Knead the dough with all the ingredients and let it rest in the refrigerator for one hour. Then cut it in two parts – the biggest one for the bottom of the pie, the smallest for the crust on the top.
Preheat the oven at 200°C (329° F).
Cut the apples in quarters and peel them. Cover them with the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Then use them to fill the pie, positioning the quarters to form a sort of pyramid.
Cover the apples with the top dough, than bake it for 50 minutes to 1 hour. I know it’s hard, but please wait until next morning to eat it. It will be pure perfection – and it will make you cry of joy!