I love Skillets. My parents bought a bunch of them from a restaurant sale and they were kind enough to pass two on to Matt and I. They’re really old, but skillets just get better and better with age. Nothing sticks, they’re easy to clean and you can’t damage them, my favourite pan in the kitchen. Anyone else have a favourite pan? Just me? Moving on…
A while back we were also given a massive bag of cooking apples from a friends garden. When I say massive, what I mean is it took two of us the best part of an hour to prep them for the freezer! It was one of my October/November aims to use some of them and an apple pie cooked in a skillet seemed the way to go.
I’ve spent a fair bit of time looking through recipes and in the end I’ve decided to mix and match my own recipe with bits taken from various places. I realise all skillets are different sizes so you’ll need to measure by eye and taste.
The pastry cooks perfectly, the filling is divine. This really is the perfect autumnal dessert and it is so so simple.
Enough peeled and diced apples to fill your skillet (I used 600g)
Mixed spice to taste
Sweet shortcrust pastry
Raw cane sugar (totally depends on how sweet you like your pies)
A handful of flaked almonds
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
Line your skillet with baking paper – this will make it much easier to take out.
Roll your pastry out and cut a circle 2inches bigger than your skillet, transfer it to the pan.
Toss your apples with the flaked almonds, flour, spices and sugar. Spoon in to the skillet.
Fold the excess pastry on to the apples, don’t worry about getting it neat; it will look good anyway!
A brush of melted butter on the edges, a sprinkle of raw cane sugar and it’s ready for the oven.
Keep an eye on your pastry during baking, it should be ready in 30mins but take it out as soon as it turns that lovely golden brown.
Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or custard, all are good!
(TIP: If your filling seems quite moist, cook your pie on the hob for 5 mins to give your base a head start. No one likes a soggy bottom )
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