September 23, 2012

Toffee apple pie to cheer me up



I had a bad day today. Actually it started out very good. I looked forward going to the local antique market, to buy something pretty, and spend the whole day with my hubby and my daughter. Everything went according to plan until the early afternoon.
We had a great time at the market, added some new prop to my ever growing collection and shared few good laughter. And as soon as I felt that nothing could ruin my day, then it happened. I know it is silly, and probably I should get over it quickly, but I am a bit hurt. I think people are much likely to write rudely when it comes to telling opinions, especially when it is virtual, faceless, all what they see is a nice photo, which surely does not show emotions no matter what they write on the site. But there is a real person behind that photo, and I am hurt! Here is my piece of advice, always think twice what you write to someone, because you might hurt this stranger's feelings! And when I am hurt, I need to cook something sweet, not necessarily to cheer me up, but to occupy myself.

At the end of the day, I am still not better, just cannot get out of my head what this person wrote to me, and most importantly the words she used. Anyway, at least I came up with something worth sharing with you. The apple pie turned out to be the best I have ever made. A layer of peanut toffee works miracles, and vanilla ice cream is a must to top the pie. 




Toffee Apple pie


Pâte brisée (400g) 
Ingredients: 
250g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoons salt
1 pinches caster sugar
 1 egg
150g slightly soft butter, cut into cubes
15ml cold water

 Place the flour, salt, sugar, egg and butter in a bowl and cream in the butter until it is well blended. Add the icy water and mix until the dough holds together and is smooth. Roll into a ball, wrap in cling-film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before use. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll pate brisée disk then cut into two about 30cm circle. Fit circle into a 24cm pie dish, and fill the bottom with peanut toffee, and with the spiced apple wedges, then top it with the other pastry circle. Seal the edges with a spoon, and brush the top with egg yolk. Bake for 25 minutes, serve with vanilla ice cream.

Peanut toffee
Ingredients:
200g peanut
250g caster sugar
30g butter

In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Allow to come to a boil, and cook until the mixture becomes a dark amber color, then add peanut.

Apple filling
Ingredients:
6 apples
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
5-6 Tbsp sugar

Mix sugar with spices. Cut the apples into wedges, and sprinkle with spiced sugar.




19 comments:

  1. I am so sorry that some anonymous person sent you a rude comment. People certainly can be cruel and say things in the written word that they would never dream of saying to someone if they were standing in front of them. I can't imagine what they would have criticized because I think that your photos are just beautiful. They always give a sense of warmth and make me want to reach and and grab something off the plate. Unfortunately the saying is true - you can't please all of the people all of the time. Just remember that there are many more people out there that do appreciate what you do and the art you create.

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    1. Thanks so much for your support, it means a lot to me :)

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  2. Excellent recipe. Simple and delicious recipes.

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    1. Tamara, Master Chef and plus one,
      I love the simple recipes. Those are the best

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  3. It's simply beautiful and perfect...

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  4. I'm sorry to hear you feel/felt hurt. You are right, it is easier to write unthoughtfully than to tell an unpleasant opinion face to face. That's why Internet will never replace real life interaction. One can be emotionally disconnected while communicating with others online. Also, the chance of being misunderstood is far greater than in a personal exchange, when you can always ask for clarification.

    If it is of any consolation, very rarely people really want to hurt others. Often it is just a bad day or some inner frustration that drives us to say something regrettable. Of course, the behaviour is not right, but it happens, to all of us. It is easier to forgive and forget if an apology is offered. If not, it is good to remember that the person who hurt you was probably in some kind of pain, maybe she was envious or hurt herself. Suffering makes us act in weird ways. Trolls, who go from place to place to leave a trace of negativity behind, are sad, sad inviduals.

    The pie seems to have an interesting texture. I would probably chop the peanuts a little bit, but I like the idea. Toffee tastes never bad :-) I'm sure the pie would cheer anyone up, Vera!

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  5. Thanks Lakshmi,

    I know you are right,that's what I was keep on telling myself. But I think this is also a bad excuse what we try to find for their behavior. Anyway, I will get over it eventually, I am a very happy and positive personality as you know :) And as of the pie, it is all gone and guess what, sugar really helps to lift your mood at the end.

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  6. Oh, Vera, es tut mir leid das zu hören! Manchmal kann so ein Kommentar so ziemlich die Laune verderben, aber ich glaube, das sind vor allem neidige und unglückliche Menschen, die so etwas schreiben. Man sollte das nicht zu ernst nehmen, vor allem wenn es so viele Menschen gibt, die deine Arbeit bewundern. Denk immer daran. Und du hast Spaß dabei, das ist fast noch wichtiger.

    Der Kuchen ist ein Hammer! Ich werde ihn dieses Wochenende nachbacken!

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    1. Danke für die nette Unteschtützung, das bedeutet viel für mich. :)
      Ich wird es versuchen das nächste mal diese Leute nicht so ernst zu nehmen.

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  7. Yummy! The pie looks awesome :)

    Hugs, Sandra

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    1. That is always good to hear Sandra :)

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  8. Liebe Vera,
    ich habe Dein Rezept auf FB verlinkt. Nun bekomme ich ganz viele Anfragen wegen der Pieform... Ich persönlich würde sie auch nachkaufen, wenn ich wüsste wo? hast Du einen Tipp? Danke.
    LG
    Karin

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    1. Hallo KArin,
      Ich habe die Backform von WIlliams Sonoma bestellt. Es ist Emile Henry, kommt in 4 Farben und 2 verschiedene Grüsse. Aber leider, diese form gibts nur in WS.
      Das ist die Link:
      http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/emile-henry-artisan-ruffled-pie-dish/?pkey=e%7Cemile%2Bhenry%2Bartisan%2Bruffled%2Bpie%2Bdish%7C3%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

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  9. I think your photos are beautiful - I am very interested to know the paint color of the lovely blue door behind the pie! It pulls it all together

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  10. Hi Vera! This pie is GREAT! I have just finished to taste a big slice and I'm in Paradise! Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe!
    If you don't mind I'd like to make a post about it, obviously linking it to your blog. But I must tell you that my version doesn't look beautiful like yours as well as my photos!
    Here's my blog http://creamamma.blogspot.it/
    Please tell me if you don't agree.
    Have NICE W-END

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  11. Hi Clara, thanks so much, you just made my day. Of course, I would be happy if you would share the recipe with your readers too. :)

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  12. Wow! That look truly delicious. I just found your blog about 10 minutes ago and I'm hooked already. What a wonderful cook you are, I can't wait to read the rest of your posts and I eagerly await your future ones :)

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    1. Thanks Jodie, and welcome to my site :)

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