Do you and your friends have a tradition? A yearly reoccurring event no one would ever miss out? I have. It’s called the “apple pie tea party”. Each year around the same time, I and my friends get together, drink some tea (amongst other stuff :)) and enjoy my deliciously fresh apple pie.

To be honest, our tradition is founded on a practical reason, too: helping my parents to get rid of their far too big apple harvest. Anyway, this year, I’m going to re-event our tea party a little. Another recipe, you might think. But nope. I’m going to present my apple pie with a new livery. And as everyone uses jars nowadays, I thought why not serving it in cans?

Below I present you my favourite apple pie recipe. If you like to bake your own one and are mainly curious about the can-part, though, jump to section “The Can-Trick”.

The Apple Pie’s New Clothes – Ingredient List (for 4 cans):

Pie crust:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons milk

Pie filling:

  • 3 apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons almond slices
  • 1 table spoon poppy seeds
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 tablespoons butter

What else you need:

  • 4x 15 ounce cans (15 ounces equal app. 444 ml)
  • A can opener
  • A knife
  • Tin foil
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Three bowls
  • A tea towel
  • A rolling pin
  • Tea- and tablespoons

What Do You Have To Do:

The Crust:

  1. Mix together the flour, semolina, sugar, salt and nutmeg.
  2. Then, over the dry ingredients, cut up the butter, and mix everything plus the water and milk together with your hands.
  3. Once the dough is thick and smooth, cover it (e.g. with a tea towel) and place it in the fridge.

The Filling:

  1. I know this doesn’t concern the filling, but do it nonetheless: Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  2. Peel and core the apples, then cut them into roughly 5-cm chunks.
  3. Fill a bowl with water, insert the lemon juice and place the apples inside. For the curious amongst you: this little trick prevents the apples from browning.
  4. Take a medium-sized bowl to mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, poppy seeds, and salt. Set it aside.
  5. Once you managed to unite dough and cans (see below), drain the apples and coat them in the above mixture.

The Can-Trick:

  1. Empty and clean the cans and remove one lid of each.
  2. Flour your surface very well and on it, roll out the dough into a large rectangle until it is about 0.6 cm thick.
  3. Cut the dough into 4 rectangles of app. 25 cm by 15 cm.
  4. Some dough will remain. Take it and use the open ends of your cans to cut out 4 circles. (I recommend to keep the cans as cookie cutters J)
  5. Now comes the tricky part where shaky hands are out of place: Grab a dough-circle and use a spoon to place it exactly at the center of the inner bottom of your can. Then take a dough-rectangle and loosely wrap it around a well-floured rolling pin. With the rolling pin held vertically and directly above the open can, let the dough slip into it.
  6. To press the seams to the dough together I prefer using a wooden spoon. But a spatula works, too.
  7. Finally, cut off some of the dough that is hanging over the side while leaving enough to form the crust along the edge.
  8. Take the filling and distribute it between the cans.
  9. In the above recipe, you pour 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk over each can, followed by 2 tablespoons of melted butter each.
  10. Form a lattice pattern over the tops of the cans, using thinly cut dough-strips.
  11. Place the cans in the oven and bake them for 30 minutes.
  12. Then remove them and put tin foil over the tops. This will keep your pies from burning.
  13. Place them back in the oven and bake them for another 20 to 30 minutes.

I was too curious about the outcome, thus did a pre-baking for my family. And guess what? They were stunned! First, the size of the serving is just perfect! Second, I put some effort into decorating my cans with ribbon and field flowers.

Do you have any further ideas how to pretty up the cans? Let me know in the comment section below.

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