Apple and marzipan pies

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If you like delicious unadulterated apple pie, where the taste is of apple and hint of almond, you will love this's based on a Mary Berry recipe but I always use a rich sweet pastry which is beautifully flavoured with the zest of a lemon and seeds of a vanilla pod.

My fail safe sweet pastry is 500g plain flour, 200g icing sugar, pinch of salt, 250g cold butter, diced. finely grated zest of a lemon and seeds of a vanilla pod. I always make my pastry in the Thermomix but a food processor is just fine. Divide the mixture in two even parts and refrigerate in cling film.
Vanilla pods are pricey so make sure you get every ounce out of it. Cut up the pods and cover with vodka, just add more pods over time. You can use for a huge range of desserts and baking.
If you have difficulty lining a pie tin with rich very short pastry, keep it cold and don't fret if you need to patch and repair – just don't leave any spaces where the filling can seep out.
This very simple pie is taken to another level by grating 150g of marzipan into the pastry base- it is easier to grate if cold.
Peel, core and slice into wedges about 900g of apple- Granny Smiths are ideal for this pie.

Top with the other half of the pastry. I used one of those fancy cutter to achieve this look- to be honest it only works on 8″ pie dishes, otherwise you have a wide plain rim. 900g of apples will fill a 10″ tart pan.

Cook for 20 minutes at 200°C

I had some filling over, so made some individual ones and topped them off with pomegranate- delicious and simple apple pie. Not a trace of cinnamon in sight- so may not be to the average American taste for apple pie.


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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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