This Apple Pie- Romanian Style is delicious and easy to make. The apples are cooked before baking the pie to reduce the moisture.
Romanian pies are a little bit different from the American pies. They are shallow pies baked in jelly roll pans or regular oven trays. They feed a crowd and are perfect for parties, holidays, potlucks and anything else in between.
I love apple pies. I consider them comfort food and a good way to bring back memories of my childhood. These type of pies are very popular and you would find them in most households, sitting on a platter on the kitchen’s table.
Apple pie is one of these delicious treats that grandma would spoil us with when we were visiting. I still remember how we were waiting for the pie to come out of the oven so we can get the first bite of it. This is one of the classic childhood desserts.
It is a dessert that can be made any time of the year as long as you have available apples, any kind of apples. Vanilla, cinnamon and sugar are the only ingredients you need to flavor this dessert.
You have no idea how good your house is going to smell when you make this recipe. One of the characteristics of the Romanian pies is that the apples are either cooked before using them in the pie, or used raw, but the juices are squeezed really well before they are added to the dough.
We like to cook the apples first, with butter, sugar and spices, until the juices from the apples are reduced to almost nothing. There is no corn starch, flour or other ingredients to thicken the filling.
We sometimes add raisins and walnuts, just to make them different. It is not mandatory, but it is really delicious.
The slab pies can be filled with anything, farmers cheese, apples, berries, quinces or pumpkin. We take advantage of what is in season and make a pie. These pies are awesome for potlucks, parties and other events with lots of people.
Call them rustic, I think this is a good word for them. Also, I remember the women in my family making apple pies with left over apples, cheap ones, small and slightly ugly.
These women were not shopping for Granny Smith or any other fancy name out there. If they had apples available, they used them!
Nothing was wasted and the pies were great! Also, you can grate the apples with the skin on. There is a lot of nutritional value in the skin, but if you don’t like the skin, feel free to peel the apples before you grate them .
Overall, this recipe is a very easy one. There are so many recipes out there and all of them are awesome!
I have another slab apple pie recipe that comes from my paternal grandmother, the German one. Her recipe is interesting, so I really encourage you to try it as well.
For this recipe I used:
organic whole milk
- For the dough:
- 1 cup/250g unsalted butter melted
- 1 1/4 cups/250 g granulated sugar
- 4 cups/500 g all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon /10 g baking powder
- 1/2 cup/125 ml whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- For the apples:
- 7-8 medium apples/2.2 pounds/1 kg
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter to cook the apples
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- powder sugar to dust the pie
How To Make The Dough:
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Mix the melted butter together with sugar.
Add the milk and keep mixing until the sugar is melted completely.
Add eggs, vanilla, flour and baking powder and mix to incorporate everything well.
Split the dough in half and pour one part of the mixture in a 9X13 baking pan. Bake it for 20 minutes.
Shred the apples and cook them in butter with some sugar and cinnamon until the juices reduce. Remove the apples from the stove and let them cool.
How To Put The Apple Pie Together:
When the first layer of pie is baked, remove it from the oven and add the apples, spreading them evenly over the entire surface.
Pour over the other half of the dough and return the pan to the oven.
Bake it for another 45 minutes.
Let the pie cool down. Dust the pie with powder sugar and cut it in squares.
Goes well with coffee or tea.
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