HUNGARIAN APPLE PIE RECIPE
Every year, for Fall, I make the most basic thing ever - after a Pumpkin spice latte: Apple pie. Hungarian apple pie, to be more specific. And I don't care how basic it is... I feel like no matter how many creative, Instagrammable Fall-themed desserts pop-up on Pinterest, nothing beats the homemade, rustic charm of a good apple pie.
I got this recipe from my mom, who got it from my grandma, like most of the Hungarian recipes I know. If you're wondering what's so special about Hungarian apple pie, it's simple the apples on the inside are grated. Also, there's no sauce... The apples are instead mixed with cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice. It may sound a little dry, but I promise it's not! When the pie cooks, the apples "melt" a little, creating a super soft and buttery filing. It's THE BEST!
While I still love the good old traditional apple pie, I much prefer this one. I personally have a hard time with the huge chunks of apple and the gooey sauce. And while this Hungarian apple pie still has sugar in it, the absence of sauce makes it feel way healthier... Which is why I don't mind having 2, or even 3 slices.
Without further ado, here's exactly how to make it. Although the word "exactly" may not be the best, because as I mentioned, this is a recipe that's been in the family forever, so it's not the most exact thing ever. You know, when your grandma gives you a recipe and she goes "an you add a fistful of this and a pinch of that"? Well, this is kind of one of those cases... But I tried to be as precise as possible so you guys can make it at home and get a really similar result.
Hungarian Apple Pie Ingredients (makes 2 small pies)
5 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup of butter (room temperature)
1 cup of Tenderflakes
1¾ cups of really cold water
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
8 to 10 apples, depending on the size
3/4 cup of white sugar (approximately)
3 tbsp of cinnamon (approximately)
The juice of half a lemon
How To Make The Hungarian Apple Pie
First, make the dough. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl, before adding the butter and Tenderflakes. Mix until the dough gets clumpy and flaky, then add the water. Finally, mix again until you get a smooth, uniform dough. Divide in 4 balls (2 bottom and 2 top crusts) and set aside in the refrigerator.
While the dough chills, make the apple filling. Peel and grate the apples (with a regular cheese grater). Put the grated apples in a sieve and press them to remove excess juice. This step is necessary to make sure that the crust isn't wet and soggy. I always keep the juice and drink it, as it's the BEST fresh apple juice you will ever drink.
Then, add the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice the apples. Mix thoroughly. As you probably noticed, the measurements for both are approximate. I usually add 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon at a time, taste, and then adjust to how sweet I want it to be...
Sprinkle a bit of flour on your countertop, and roll the dough flat with a rolling pin. 2 of the 4 balls will be used to line your pie pans to make the bottom crusts (see picture above). For the top crusts, you can either simply roll the dough and cover the pie. If you do so, make sure to poke some holes in it with a fork. That will allow the steam to escape the pie while it cooks.
You can also get as creative as you want and cover your pies with any variation of a lattice or other pattern. Since this pie's filling doesn't have a lot of liquid, I don't recommend leaving most of it uncovered, as it would make it dry out. Last year, when I made these pies for Thanksgiving, I covered them like this:
Finally, cook the pies at 375º for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is a nice golden brown. Once the pie has cooled down, top it off with icing sugar.
That's it guys, it's really that simple to make Hungarian apple pie. While I love making my own crust, you can also buy some pre-made crust if you're not a cook, or if you really need to save some time. I guarantee this pie will be a major hit if you bring it to any Thanksgiving gathering!
Do you have a different version of apple pie that's different than the traditional American one? If so, I'd love to have your recipes so I can try to make them at home! I love switching things up and trying new things in the kitchen, so please share!
I hope you guys have an amazing week!
Love, Jenny xx