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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Quick Apple Pie

Yesterday I suddenly noticed that I hadn't baked anything for a while, so I whipped up a quick apple pie (Old Europe style, not the pastry atrocity that the anglophone world likes so much).


120 g butter
100 g sugar
1 packet vanilla sugar
a shot of rum
 3 eggs

200 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk

6 apples, peeled and halved
sesame or almond-splitters

Preheat your oven to 170 centigrade.
Put the butter into a bowl, whip it for a minute or two with your hand-mixer. Then add the sugar, and continue whipping until it the mixture gets creamy. Add the vanilla sugar and the shot of rum.
Add the eggs one by one, whipping for a minute or so before adding the next one.
Mix  the flour and the baking powder, and add it together with the milk to the dough. The resulting mixture should be a very viscous fluid.

Grease up a spring form, and pour the dough in. Place the  halved apples on to, and score their tops with a knife. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sesame (or almonds), and place it in the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes - check if it's done by poking it with a chop-stick; if no dough sticks to it it's ready!

Apple pie, right before it's untimely demise, devoured by a horde of hungry physicists


  1. Yum, yum. Do you speak of yourself in the Pluralis majestatis or do you REALLY share sweet stuff with your colleagues in the lab?

  2. Why, yes to both of your questions: We do speak of Ourselves in pluralis majestatis, and occasionally We share some of Our plenty with Our subjects - ah - lab partners.
    We are just giving, that way ;)

  3. Does it spoil the recipe if you double the amount of rum? Just askin'. If excess rum does spoil it, then I will drink the rest on the side as I eat. I have no lab partners, so I will be eating it all myself anyway. Thank you.

    PS-I don't know what a gram is, so I will be using pounds instead. Will I need a larger pan?

  4. No, it mustn't be more than a shot - although the amount contained in a 'shot' may vary ;)

    I am not too sure what this 'pound' is that you are speaking of, but I am guessing if you take a normal 24 cm pan and use your local length unit ('foot', wasn't it?) instead, you'll be fine!

    Bon appetit!