Recap of the baking workshop

We were delighted to have Katie Anderson, Fruit Share neighbourhood team leader, facilitate a baking workshop earlier this week. As an experienced pastry chef, she taught us how to make all kinds of delicious baked goods!

homemade dessert
Delicious apple pie

We were having such a good time and enjoying the fruits of our labours so much, in fact, that we missed out on a number of photographic opportunities (apart from the above apple pie). Oops!

However, we do have a number of recipes, which we will share with you over the next few weeks (such as the recipe for apple pie, below).

Some of our participants brought their children along to have fun learning how to bake. We spent several hours chopping and slicing apples, mixing cake and crumble batter, and rolling out dough for pies. Every single dessert tasted amazing – I highly recommend all of the recipes we made at this workshop.

Thank you so much, Katie, for doing a wonderful job of this fun workshop!

American Apple Pie Recipe

CRUST
1/4 lb butter/lard
1 1/3 cups flour, pastry
2/3 tsp salt
3 tbsp cold water
1/4 Tbsp vinegar

FILLING (for a glass dish; use a little less for pie plate)
5 cups baking apples (~6 apples)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp flour

METHOD
1. Butter and flour 9″ pie plate. Chill.
2. Mix cold fat, flour and salt with a fork or pastry blender. Work quickly and touch very little. Keep large pea-sized pieces of fat for flaky dough, or smaller cornmeal-like pieces for mealy dough.
3. Add cold water and vinegar, mix quickly until smooth dough is achieved.
4. Work into a boule. Wrap and store in fridge.
5. Slice cored apples. Toss with dry ingredients.
6. Split dough into 2 equal parts.
7. Roll each piece into round, about 3mm thick.
8. Gently roll one piece of dough onto rolling pin, line pie shell. Eggwash. (Chill if freezing)
9. Fill pie with filling. Cover with top crust and score (or use lattice).
10. Bake
Fresh pie: Bake 320F for 35 minutes
Frozen pie: Bake 400F for 15 minutes.
Reduce temp to 350F and bake until bubbles over, ~60 minutes.