Prep 1 h
Cook 55m
Serves
20

Ingredients

    Pastry:

    2 ½ cups flour

    1 cup butter, cut into tablespoons, slightly softened

    1 egg, separated, yolk slightly beaten, white reserved

    ½  cup milk

    Filling:

    8 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, thinly sliced

    ¾ cup sugar

    2 tbsp flour

    1 tbsp lemon juice

    1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

    Topping:

    1 cup confectioners' sugar

    ½ tsp vanilla

    2 tbsp milk

    Vanilla ice cream, optional

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Ingredient Substitution Guide


Method

1. For the pastry, place the flour in a large bowl; add the butter. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolk and milk, mixing together lightly until the mixture comes together into a ball. Divide into two balls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours.

2. Heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. For the filling, toss together the apples, sugar, flour, lemon juice and cinnamon; set aside. Roll out one of the pastry balls into a rectangle a little larger than a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Fold rectangle in half; unfold it in the pan, pressing to fit into the bottom and sides. Spoon filling over the pastry. Roll out the remaining pastry into a rectangle; fold in half. Unfold on top of the apples, tucking the top pastry over the edges of the bottom pastry. Pinch to seal; flute the edges. Set aside.

3. Beat the reserved egg white until stiff; brush it over the pastry. Bake until apples are cooked through and crust is nicely browned, about 55 minutes. Set aside to cool.

4. For topping, place confectioners' sugar in a small bowl; stir in the vanilla. Stir in the milk, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture reaches drizzling consistency.

5. Drizzle over the top. Cut into squares; top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Tip: This recipe makes enough for 20, but it keeps well for another day or two, and the pastry's crust stands up well to reheating in a 325-degree oven for 10 minutes.