I know that pies are traditionally a dessert saved for colder months, but in my opinion, an apple pie is good all year round! The beauty of the humble apple pie is that you can play around with what you add to it, whether you add blueberries, raspberries or even some apricots, you can turn a normal apple pie into a thing of wonder.
I have tried quite a few recipes involving apple pie and I have to say that I think I may have stumbled upon a real contender for 1st place, this apple, lavender and honey pie is a treat for the tastebuds and will leave your kitchen smelling like a lavender, honey oasis.
So, now onto the fun part, creating this delicious pie.
10 X Large Bramley Apples – unpeeled and diced into large cubes
1 X Cup of honey
2 X Cups of raspberries or blackberries
25ml Apricot Oil (or Olive Oil)
50 grams Unsalted Butter — cubed
1 X Teaspoon of Cinnamon
½ Cup of Lavender
½ Cup of Crushed Almonds
Heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Put the apple cubes and butter in a saucepan and heat on a high temperature on your gas top. Stir well until the butter is melted.
Add the apricot oil, honey and raspberries. Keep stirring and mix well.
Mix in the cinnamon, lavender and almonds. Cover the saucepan with a lid and allow to simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes or until your kitchen is filled with the smell of lavender, apples and cinnamon.
2 X Cups of Nutty Muesli
1 X Cup Raw Oats
½ Cup Demerara Sugar
100 grams Unsalted Butter — cubed
½ Cup of Lavender
Mix the muesli, oats, sugar and lavender in a grinder or food processor. The mixture should not be too fine, neither to chunky.
Rub the butter cubes in with the muesli mixture to make your crumble.
Scoop your steaming apple filling in a large sweet pastry case or smaller single sweet pastry cases (this recipe serves 6-8, if you use small pastry cases). I buy mine ready-made. (I know it’s lazy, but it saves a lot of time). Cover with your crumble.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Another good indication that you’re pie is ready, is the gathering of hungry mouths around the kitchen table. The sweet spicy smell of honey, apples, nuts and lavender is irresistible… if you don’t notice it after about twenty minutes, the only thing that could possibly have gone wrong is that you did not switch the oven on.
Serve hot with a dollop of cream, vanilla ice-cream or crème fraiche. Drizzle with honey and decorate with lavender twigs.
Indulge a little bit!