Warning! This is not healthy, no ware near responsible or good for your waist. It’s filled with sugary and chocolaty goodness.
Today I was having dinner with a friend and I was gonna bring dessert. When I was standing in front of the dessert section in the grocery store I realised I wanted apple pie. I’ve made apple-pie before last time I made it I added cocoa powder and little bits of chocolate to it (did I mention I like to experiment?). Because I added a dry ingredient I added a little bit of water to the dough, this way I hoped it wouldn’t get dry. I also lowered the amount of sugar I normally used, because I like the fresh taste of apples and I didn’t want the sugar to overpower that. Because of this I find this pie is perfect for a dessert or a nice cup of coffee, maybe add a little bit of freshly whipped cream to it.
I put my dough in the freezer to harden because I use melted butter, I don’t like sticking my hands in dough.
This recipe serves about 4 people, but it’s easily multiplied to serve more people or use a bigger baking tin.
What do you need?
- 3/4 cup of flour
- 1,5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2,5 tablespoons of sugar
- 75 gr. (melted) butter
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla-eccence
- 1/5 tablespoon of water
- 3 apples
- 25 gr. dark chocolate (I prefer the kind with 72% of cocoa)
Mix up your dry ingredients to a nice even brown mixture. Add the butter, vanilla, water and egg and knead it to a elastic dough. Wrap it up in clingfilm and leave it to rest in your freezer for about 15 minutes. This way you can roll it out better.
When your dough is nice and firm use a rolling pin/bottle to roll out your dough and place it in the baking tin your using, use 3/4 for the dough and place the rest back in the freezer for later. Heat up your oven to about 175 degrees celsius (325 fahrenheit) and bake the crust for about 5 minutes and set aside when it’s done. The reason why I do this is that I don’t like the taste of apple in my crust, this way your crust stays nice and firm and it doesn’t go goehie…
While your crust is baking, it’s time to make the best part of this pie: the apple mixture!
Skin your apples and cut the apples and the chocolate into little pieces. Melt a little bit of butter in a frying pan and add half of the apples and bake them until they are getting soft. When your apples are nice and soft add the rest of the apples and the chocolate, bake them until the chocolate has melted.
Dump the apple/chocolate-mixture in your crust and roll out the rest of your dough. This is gonna be used for the top of your pie. You can go classic Dutch here and form strips of the dough and place these on top of your pie. But I used cookie-cutters and cut little hearts out of the dough and covered the pie. When you’re done, bake your pie until it’s done. In my oven en baking tin it took about 25 minutes.
Serve with a little bit of vanilla ice-cream of a freshly whipped cream, of course the pie is best served warm (but you can also eat it cold).