This photo is courtesy of Marissa Hermer.
Marissa Hermer, who recently opened her first restaurant, Top Dog, in London, currently stars on Bravo’s hit series, Ladies of London. Marissa uses her food expertise to bring us this delicious apple pie recipe. This recipe combines cinnamon, nutmeg and pink lady apples to create a simple, yet elegant apple pie.
Beat together 3 tablespoons of the granulated sugar and the butter in a large bowl until it has mixed together. Beat in one egg and then just the yolk of the second. Once this is done slowly add the flour, make sure you don’t just tip it all in, work it in bit by bit.
Once all your ingredients have begun to knot together, use your hands to roll it into a ball that you will then wrap in saran wrap and place in the fridge for about 50 minutes.
Whilst your pastry is chilling start on your filling. Peel the roughly 4 pink lady apples and slice your apples depending on how thick you like them to be, but make sure you have enough to fill the pie dish. At this point it is probably a good idea to switch your oven on at 375° F, so that it’s nice and hot for when your pie is ready to go in.
After 50 minutes, the pastry should be ready to be moulded into a masterpiece. Two-thirds of the pastry will make up the base of the pie, and the remainder will make up the top. Make sure you leave a bit of pastry to mould into decorations for the top of the pie. The bottom of your pie dish should be lined with the pastry and be folded over the edge of the dish.
In a bowl large enough to hold your sliced apples, mix together ½ cup sugar, the cinnamon, nutmeg, and 2 teaspoons of flour. Chuck in your apples and mix together with the sugar and spices so that they are nicely coated. Then evenly stack them into your pie and cover with the pie lid. I like to add some decoration on the top of apple pie, my usual design is just to have 3 or 4 pastry shaped leaves in a circle in the middle, as shown in the picture.
Before you place your pie in the oven make sure you make a few cuts in the lid so as to allow for steam to escape. Leave in the oven for roughly 45 minutes for pie perfection. I like to finish my apple pie with a dollop of crème fraîche with a mint leaf on top however you may prefer ice cream or fresh custard.