Apple Cherry Pie ~ French Mother’s Day

❤ Today is French Mother’s Day aka “La fête des mamans”. Also, when fresh fruit are in season there is nothing like making your own pie filling. So here is a yummy recipe with cherries from my garden and ‘I heart U’ pie crust. Sending love to all the mummies up there ! ❤

 

Ingredients:

  • 1lb cherries, pitted
  • 2 apples, pilled, cored and cut into fairly small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg wash (to brush the crust)
  • 2 pie dough*

Utensils: 

  • parchment paper
  • 9-inch dish pie plate
  • cookie cutter in heart shape

For a homemade dough:

  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 + 3/4 sticks of butter, softened
  • 13 tablespoons water
  • 1 pinch of salt

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Method:

1 . For the dough:  Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the softened butter with your pastry blender (or fork if you don’t have one) until mixture looks like crumbs. Stir in enough water just until flour is moistened. Divide the dough in half and shape each into two balls. Wrap each in plastic food wrap and refrigerate for at least 25 minutes.

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2 . In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, apples and cherries and  gently toss until well coated.

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3 . Preheat oven to 400FPlace parchment paper at the bottom of your 9-inch deep dish pie.

 

4 . Roll out one disk of dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Place dough into  9-inch deep dish pie plate and refrigerate.

5 . Once the second crust is rolled out on a floured surface, lightly pressed with an inverted pie plate (of about the same size) onto its surface to see where the edges of the crust are going to be.

6 . Then, cut out alternating rows of hearts with the cookie cutter. Make sure to save the cut-out heart pieces. They will be going along the edge of the crust.

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7 . Take the first crust out of the refrigerator. Add the filling of apples and cherries.

8 . Lift the second crust pie and slide it off the top. You can gently pick it up and readjust. Line the heart around the edge, and brush the whole surface with the egg wash.

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9 . Bake for 45 minutes. Cool pie at least 20 minutes before serving

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Upside down Apple Pie

Another Apple pie recipe!  This french classic is infused with caramel in every bite. Made with caramelized apples and baked upside down in a bed of caramel it is by far one of my favorite. If like me you also like apple pie you can also go check out my Yogurt Apple Cake and Gluten Free Apple Pie recipe ! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 6 apples peeled and thinly sliced ( pink lady or ganny smith)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 dough for pie crust

1 . Melt butter in a 10 inch spring form pan over medium to medium high heat.

2 . Add 1 cup sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until sugar is melted and begins to turn golden brown. Remove from heat.

3 .  Nicely arrange apples around this edge of pan. Then, fill the middle with the remaining apples slices. Add a second layer of apple ( this second layer does not need to be pretty since you won’t see it after flipping the pie).

4 . At this point, the caramel might look like it’s hardened but that’s OKAY, it will loosen up as the cooking and baking proceed. Cover the pan with foil, put the pan back on heat and cook apple for 5 to 10 minutes, until apples have softened.

5 . Preheat oven to 400F. Remove pan from the heat and cover immediately with the pie dough (be careful not to burn yourself). Roll the edges of the dough against the edges of the pan. With the tip of a knife, drill a small hole in the center of the dough to allow the steam to escape.

5 . Bake for 40 minutes until the crust is golden. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes and then flip it. Scrape out any apples or caramel that might’ve stuck to skillet, and put them back into place on the tart. Don’t wait much longer or the caramel will stick to the pan.

Add some vanilla ice cream over that and you’ll be heaven.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie

Hey Guys !

This salted caramel & chocolate pie is absolutely amazing. A buttery almond crust, gooey salted caramel and chocolate ganache, all garnished with walnuts. Don’t be afraid to give it a try, it is not a difficult recipe. The most difficult part is to wait for it to set so you can finally enjoy it.

Ingredients for 6 mini pies:

For the crust: 

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup powder sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 cup (1/2 + 1/2) all purpose flour

Caramel:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sea salt

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Method:

1 . Prepare the almond crust. In a large bowl mix butter, salt, sugar powder, almond flour, egg , and 1/2 cup of all purpose flour with a fork or a pastry processor When it is mixed well, add the last 1/2 cup of flour.

2 . Wrap it with plastic, knead slowly to form a disc and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.

3 . On a floured surface, roll the dough and cut out circles 1/2 inches larger than your mini tart pan. Lift up the rolled dough and place it in your greased mini tart pan.

4 . Preheat oven to 350 F. Prick the dough with a fork, and bake for 15 minutes.

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5 . Prepare the caramel.  Place the sugar in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook without stirring until sugar dissolves and gets a caramel color. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream. It will bubble a little bit.

6 . Cook for about 1 or 2 minutes stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until smooth. Remove from heat and add butter and salt. Stir well until smooth. Let the caramel cool slightly and pour over the crust. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

7 . Prepare the chocolate ganache. Heat the milk in a small saucepan. When the milk just begins to boil at the edges, remove from heat and pour over the chopped chocolate. Let sit one minute, then stir until smooth.

8. Pour the chocolate ganache over the caramel. Spread it evenly and refrigerate for another 2-3 hours before serving. Sprinkle with chopped walnut.

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Yogurt Apple Cake

Hi Guys ! Happy Monday !

Today’s recipe is an unbelievably moist cake that’s loaded with chunks of apples. Once you eat your first slice, you’ll be begging for more! It’s a big cake that’s really easy to make. Full of fresh apples, vanilla extract and yogurt for the moisture, it is a fabulous fall/winter dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 apples* (peeled, quartered, diced)
  • 1 apple* (peeled, quartered, sliced for the top of the cake)

*I used pink lady apples for this recipe but you can use any other types of apple.

Method: 

1 . Preheat oven to 360F. Grease and line base and sides of a 20cm round cake pan.

2 . In a large bowl, add the greek yogurt, the sugar, the eggs and the vanilla extract.

3 . Gently fold in the flour, the baking powder and canola oil.

4 . Add the 3 apples at the bottom of the pan and then add the mixture on top of it.

5 . Arrange the apple slices on top of the cake, then bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.