Here's my favourite recipe for Apple pie. Tried and tested, it turns out great every time!
For the pastry -
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pinch of salt
5 oz soft unsalted butter
1 iced water
For the filling -
½ cup soft unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup superfine sugar
½ cup soft light brown sugar
salt (a pinch)
¼ cup water
cinnamon (to taste)
nutmeg (a pinch)
For the glaze -
Heat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). To make the pastry, measure the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter which has been fridge chilled and cut into small 1 inch cubes and using your fingers, blend in the butter until it resembles wet sand. Bring together, using a few tablespoons of ice water at a time, until almost totally cohesive, then work it for a bit to make it a nice dough.
Cut in half and form each half into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap (clingfilm) and refrigerate till needed.
Peel, core, and cut the apples into bite sized chunks. Cover the apples directly with plastic wrap to prevent browning. Place in the fridge.
Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Stir in the flour to form a paste. Add sugar, brown sugar, salt, and water and bring to a simmer. Reduce the temperature and simmer for 5 minutes and continous stirring.
Meanwhile, roll out the pastry and place the bottom crust in the pie dish. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Sprinkle over your desired amount of cinnamon.
When the sauce is done, slowly and evenly pour it over the apples. Place the top crust on, seal edges by putting a little water between the two crusts, roll the excess under, and flute edges. Cut four steam slits in the top to look like a cross but don't connect at the middle. Paint the crust with the milk, and generously sprinkle over the sugar.
Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.
Sounds delicious, thanks Divya!