Oma's Delicious Apple Pie (Appeltaart)

Recipe by Mizzle
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
SERVES: 8-12




  • For the dough:
  • Sieve the flour, brown sugar, vanilla and the salt into a bowl.
  • Cut the butter or margarine into small cubes and add these to the flour mixture.
  • Beat the egg and add 3/4 of it to the flour mixture (you will need the rest for the top).
  • Using two knives, mix the butter/margarine and the flour mixture.
  • Using one hand, kneed it to form the dough - you should be able to form it into a ball (this may take quite long).
  • Put the ball of dough in the fridge for about an hour, in the meantime, make the filling.
  • For the filling:
  • Peel the apples and cut them in cubes (allow the sizes to vary--it'll taste better).
  • In a (large) bowl, combine apple, raisins, (granulated) sugar, cinnamon, the lemon juice and half of the semolina.
  • Mix well and allow the flavors to blend, stirring occasionally.
  • Then:
  • Butter a 9-inch round springform cake pan, or spray it with a non-stick spray.
  • Line the pan (bottom and sides) with about 3/4 of the dough - as long as the pan is covered, the layer need not be very thick.
  • Cover the bottom with the remaining semolina.
  • Add the filling, but try to leave the juices out.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the remaining dough until it's less than 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) thick.
  • Cut the dough into strips and layer them over the apple pie to form a raster, covering no more than one third of the surface--you should be able to see quite a bit of the apple pieces (see picture).
  • If necessary, use (some of) the remaining dough to make the edges a bit higher.
  • Use the remaining egg to coat the dough strips.
  • Bake the pie at 175°C / 340°F, just below the middle of your oven, for about 75 minutes.
  • If you have any dough left, roll it out, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon (or left-over apple mixture) and bake it on baking paper for a few minutes.
  • Remove the springform only *after* the pie has cooled.
  • Serve warm (reheat in oven or microwave) or cold, with whipped or ice cream, or freeze.

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