This easy country-style apple pie is a great sunday addition to your slow morning routine. Enjoyed over tea or coffee, this statement cake is not only beautiful but it builds from a sweet taste of oat cookies with pops of melting nougat in the middle. The subtle hints of cardamom and cinnamon dress the tart with an autumn feeling, while the glorious tiny apple crowns it all with its caramelized glaze. Serve the pie with a refreshing vanilla berry ice cream and with a few more sprinkles of cookie crumbs and call it a wonderful relaxing sunday!
Easy Crust Directions
You could purchase a ready-made pie crust if you prefer, but here is a quick recipe that only uses four ingredients:
Mix together the flour and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Then mush the butter with a fork into the mixture until the mixture starts to look like small crumbs. Lastly mix the ice-cold water into the blend until it becomes a dough. Make a ball out of the dough and roll it out on a lightly floured surface. If its hard to roll it out, let it sit in the fridge for a moment.
Place some parchment paper on the cake tin and gently spread a bit of butter on its surface. Roll the dough so it covers the surface and spreads a bit over the sides for that rustic look.
Apple Pie filling ingredients
Begin by placing the cookies into a ziplock bag and crush them into smaller crumbs with the help of a rolling-pin. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, crushed cookies and spices. Mix in the quark and eggs until it becomes a solid mixture. If the texture looks too dry, add a touch of oat milk. The texture should be a gooey-like texture.
Caramelized Apples Topping
In a bowl, combine the cinnamon sugar and mix together with the halved apples. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and cook the apples over medium/high heat for about 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt on the apples and then a splash of cream to round up the flavours and create that toffee-like colour. Remove from heat. Do not over cook them, as they will still go into the oven.
Ready to Make the tart
Take the cake tin that is lined with dough. Pour the filling into the centre and smooth it out to all sides. Press the nougat pieces into the filling into random spots. Then angle the apples next to each other on top of the filling and pour the butter glaze on top. Lastly, brush the sides of the crust with a bit of egg yolk (butter will do also) so it does not burn in the oven. Place into the oven for about 35-45 minutes in 180 celsius degrees so it cooks throughout. Once ready, serve the apple pie with a scoop of your favourite ice cream with a bit of the leftover crushed cookies.