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For our final meeting of the year, the World Spice Cookbook Club is taking on recipes from The Flavour Principle: Enticing Your Senses With Food And Drink. This cookbook, containing recipes from around the world, focuses on the fundamentals of flavor and suggests pairings to complement the unique tastes of each dish. Our second preview features this exceptional umami apple pie, which uses white cheddar in the crust for another delicious sweet & savory pairing.

From the Author: “One issue I have with apple pies is that the apples are not soft and juicy enough. To avoid that, I use several different kinds of apples, some hard and some soft, and precook them for a few minutes to just soften.”

Umami Apple Pie

Umami Apple Pie

Ingredients

    Cheddar Pastry:
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar
  • 6 to 8 tbsp cold water
    Egg Wash:
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp milk
    Filling:
  • 10 cups sliced cored peeled mixed apples (about 6 to 7 large apples such as Honey- crisp, Gala, McIntosh, Pink Lady)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 3 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, salt, butter and cheese in a food processor. Pulse until butter is the size of small peas. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with cold water and toss with your fingertips or a rubber spatula, adding more water if needed until pastry holds its shape when squeezed between the fingers. Gather pastry together and divide into two balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten each into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  3. Roll out larger portion of pastry on a lightly floured surface to fit an 8-inch pie plate, leaving a ½-inch overhang. Chill until needed. Roll out second piece for the top. Chill.
  4. Combine apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and allspice in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently, for 5 minutes or until apples just begin to soften. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes to absorb more of the syrup.
  5. Stir in tapioca flour and heap into pie shell, mounding apples in the middle. Dot with butter. Cover with top layer of pastry, seal edges and crimp. Brush with egg wash. Cut small steam vents in top of pastry. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden, apples are tender and juice is bubbling. If pastry begins to brown too quickly, cover with a sheet of parchment paper.
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The Flavour Principle: Enticing Your Senses With Food And Drink is the November 2016 selection for the World Spice Cookbook Club. The Flavour Principle is currently available for purchase at amazon.com.

Recipes from The Flavour Principle © 2013 by Lucy Waverman and Beppi Crosariol. Photography © Ryan Szulc. Published by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd. All rights reserved.


 3 Comments

  1. Lee Mosher says:

    We made this pie for our 2016 Thanksgiving dessert. We added 1 tablespoon of Kashmiri Garam Masala. It turned out to be the best apple pie we’ve ever had. This was also my first apple pie, so this was a great experience.

    The crust was very flaky but held together perfectly when we sliced into he pie. The filling had the perfect density. It was amazing. Because of my oven temperatures, I placed the parchment ontop of the pie 20 out of 30 minutes during the 350 degree baking to prevent overbrowning the crust. I made this decision becuuase the crust looked almost perfect during the first stage of baking at 425 degrees.

    I also went on utube to learn how to create the perfect pie crust so I knew exactly what the dough should look at at each stage. Great help for someone who has never made an apple pie.

    In the end, our pie looked exactly like this photo! Thanks for posting this awesome recipe.

    • Sherrie says:

      You’re very welcome! We love using Kashmiri Garam Masala with apples. (Poudre Douce, too.) And you certainly can never go wrong with apple pie…

  2. Linnea Hirst says:

    I’ve used Gravensteins for years, always soft, always juicy, never turns to applesauce. They’re so important in our family that we’ve planted a G tree!

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