You all should know by now that I am Dutch. With the name Liselot you’d think so, right?
Well being Dutch and having lived in the country you learn about Dutch desserts. Boy, do we have a lot of them. Many of them seem to be Daddy’s favourites. He has an incredible soft spot for boterkoek, while disliking butter – weird right? He also likes tompoesjes, and last and certainly not least, he likes appeltaart.
Now, since his birthday is tomorrow I thought I’d make him a homemade apple cake.
I got the recipe from here and followed it as best I could.
- 1 1/3 cups (171g) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ¼ cup (½ stick -57g) unsalted butter, chilled (cut into ½ inch cubes)
- ¼ cup (57g) vegetable shortening, frozen (cut into ½ inch cubes)
- 3 Tablespoons ice water
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 ¼ lb (1 ¾ kg) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 2/3 cup (134g) sugar
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup (128g) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (100g) sugar
- ¼ cup (55g) brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, chilled (cut into ½ inch cubes)
Mix flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add butter and shortening and mix with hands, add water and vinegar and continue to mix well with hands. Knead dough with hands and feel whether dough is moist enough or needs an additional water or not. Gather dough into a ball and flatten into a disk. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for thirty minutes.
While dough is refrigerating, preheat oven to 205ᵒC (400ᵒF) and grease a pie plate (or spring-form pan as I did)
Mix all ingredients for the pie filling together and ensure apples are fully coated by ingredients. Place in refrigerator before using.
Next blend first five ingredients of the topping in a food processor and gradually add chilled butter cubes and continue to blend. When mixture resembles wet sand, you know you’re ready.
Now that all parts are ready, remove dough from refrigerator and roll out on slightly floured surface (at a 12 inch circumference) and mold into pie plate. Trim overhang to ½ inch, turn edge under and crimp decoratively.
Pour apple mixture into dough on pie plate then sprinkle crumbles over top the surface where the apples are.
Pop pie into oven and bake for 40 minutes. If crumble is browning too quickly top with tin foil to prevent browning from furthering anymore. Once 40 minutes are over, turn oven down to 175ᵒC (350ᵒF) and continue to bake pie an additional 30 minutes to ensure apples are fully cooked.
Once finished allow pie to cool up to an hour before serving. Enjoy
This recipe annoyed me. Though thank God my mom decided to peel all those apples as well as chop them. I would have probably cut myself again with the peeler or knife. Instead she did all that hard work for me, THANKS MOM!
Anyway, Daddy heads out tomorrow evening to Dubai so we decided to enjoy his appeltaart tonight, plus he likes cold cake just like I like cold pasta. We must be some weird people to you.
I am pretty sure that Daddy quite enjoyed his birthday cake. Or birthday pie. What is this dessert considered in English? An apple pie or an apple cake? I do think that if any of you make this you will also enjoy it.
Anyway, happy 58th in a half hour Dad! Hope you enjoyed your pre-birthday cake and enjoy the gifts we have in store for you tomorrow morning. Love you.
Happy baking for those of you who give this a go!