Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Homemade Banana Walnut Apple Pie


My husband and I are big fans of apple pie .. there is an X factor which we can never understand that makes us hooked to it... perhaps it's the aroma of the cinnamon or just the apples itself. What do you think?

Yesterday, again my husband requested for apple pie and this time I have some idea to modify a little from the traditional recipe.. Here comes Banana Walnut Apple Pie - Chunky Homemade style.



Ingredients


For the Pastry we need:
2.5 cups all purpose  / plain flour
220 grams frozen butter
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
8 tbsp cold water
Some icing sugar for dusting
For the Filling we need:
8 small Granny Smith green apples or 8 if you have the larger ones - cored, skinned and thinly sliced
2 riped bananas - Sliced thinlyHandful of Pecans or Walnuts - coarsely chopped (optional)
1/4 cup brown sugar (Add more sugar : up to 1 cup if you like it sweeter - I like mine just with a little hint of sweetness!)
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp flour

Method :
Pastry
Mix the flour, sugar and salt well then grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture with a grater (hand grater / box grater /  potato grater). Toss lightly with your fingers until they are all thoroughly combined.

Sprinkle the cold water to the crumbly mixture until you can form a nice dough ball. Divide the dough into 2 parts - one slightly larger then the other. Larger part will be the base of the pie and the smaller part will be used to top the pie.

Wrap them in a plastic wrap; flatten and leave it for min 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator. Resting will tenderize the pastry and make it easier to roll.

Remove pastry from the refrigerator and let it to warm slightly. Flour the surface of the worktop, rolling pin, your hand  and the pastry. Roll out the larger pastry in to a disc that is a little larger then the 8-inch pie dish so that it over laps the edges. Place pastry onto the bottom of the dish by folding the pastry in to quarter and  unfolding it into the dish.

Poke lot's of breathing holes on the bottom of the pastry with a fork.

Filling
Preheat the oven 375 degree Fahrenheit or Gas 6

Mix well all the filling ingredients then place them into the baking dish with pastry lining. Roll out the rest of the pastry and cut then into 1-inch wide stripes then place them diagonally with 1-inch gap. Repeat the same horizontally to create a criss-cross basket top as pictured.

Place on the dish onto the bottom rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour until the crust is golden.

Rest for 10 minutes. Dust with icing sugar before serving. 

>> Tips to note : 
1) Make sure butter is frozen when grating or else you will be ended up with a pile of buttery mess!
2) Poke some breathing holes on the bottom of the pastry with a fork to let the air out when baking. This is to prevent bubbling of the pastry in the oven.
3) Add more sugar (up to 1 cup instead of 1/4 cup) if you have a sweet tooth as I tend to like my pie less sweet.

39 comments:

  1. Gorgeous looking pie... Would love to have a big slice nah the entire pie to myself...

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  2. wow!!!!!!!what can i say....
    im tired of telling u that i love this one/that one.....now i wont say any thing :( simply i will write awesome!!!! no words to left out to describe ur food.....they are that awesome...love ur blog!!!!!

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  3. This is a lovely and nice pie look awesome! gloria

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  4. Im following you now, the fisrt time I cannot enter to the followings! thanks for stopping by, I love your blog!!!

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  5. This pie if gorgeous! Pie crust scares me but yours is beautiful!

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  6. Thanx for visiting my blog and following my blog:-)
    Adding you to my blog roll too..You have a wonderful space with delicious recipes..

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  7. Homemade pie are always delicious, when they are chunky then I am in. Looks fabulous.

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  8. What a brilliant idea to add bananas to an already wonderful apple pie. And that lattice work is a piece of art!

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  9. I am an apple pie fan too!Wonderful idea to add banana!It looks delicious!

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  10. What a lovely pie!!:D I like apple pies too, but not with too much butter as I can't do well with the dairy stuffs:p
    You're really good with these pies and baking, awesome! ;)
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  11. Gorgeous looking pie & perfectly baked.Thanks for visiting my blog.following u too.
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  12. What a beautiful and delicious pie!

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  13. This looks perfect. I know what you mean, apple pie is universal from high end to peasant food, no one can resist!

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  14. OMG a beautiful pie filled with yumminess! The lattice has come out perfectly! Lip smacker post with killer pics! thanks for sharing

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  15. The photos is beautiful. So you liked the bananas with the apples?

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  16. wow..u have a very lovely blog with lots and lots of yummy recipes. happy to follow u as well.

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  17. What a great idea! Sounds delicious and your photo looks amazing!

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  18. The pie looks great..wonderful clicks too..:)

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  19. Wow .. looks good .. picture looks stunning.

    Vardhini
    VardhinisKitchen

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  20. Wow, looks perfectly made! Love the addition of banana. I love apple pie too, can I have two slices, please?? :)

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  21. It's got to be the cinnamon! Doesn't everyone find themselves attracted to that?!

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  22. What lovely presentation, your husband is a lucky guy! I love the modified version with the walnuts!

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  23. What a wonderful idea, I would NEVER have thought of putting banana in the pie!! it looks and sounds delicious and what a beautiful job you did with the pastry! Gorgeous
    Mary

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  24. Yum! I haven't made apple pie in ages. I love your twist on an apple pie, delish. :)

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  25. Hey this looks beautiful!!! What a nice idea to combine banana with apples. Good going!

    www.cinnamonNchillies.com

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  26. Your pie is beautiful, the crust looks perfect! I have never had this combination, but I would love to try it.

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  27. I have never heard of anything like this before however it sounds like the greatest thing ever!

    xo

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  28. Awesome work, looks terrific...and appetizing.

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  29. That lattice crust is picture perfect and the pie itself sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  30. its super dear...........thanx 4 visiting my space..........happy 2 follow u also........

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  31. Gorgeous pie! I've never had banana-apple before, but it sounds delightful!

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  32. I have never thought to cook the bananas in with an apple pie but it sounds so good!

    Sorry I didn't see your question about the Potato Dill Chicken recipe. I use the soup undiluted from the can and then add 1/2 C milk and 1/2 C sour cream.

    Thanks!

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  33. Wow.. looks too good.. Love the presentation !

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  34. You don't look like a beginner to me, your food is beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! :)

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  35. Woooo!!! That's simply amazing...lovely lovely clicks! :)

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  36. Delicious!! But I felt that 8 apples was way too much, I used only 3 and since I had no cinnamon, I used cardamom instead, it tasted really good! Thanks!

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