Deep Dish Apple Pie with Salted Butterscotch Sauce

Serves: 8

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes



Pie Crust:

350g cake wheat flour

100g fine rye flour

45ml (3 tablespoons) icing sugar

½ teaspoon fine salt

300g cold, salted butter, cubed

80ml (1/3 cup) ice water


120g demerara sugar

40ml (2 ½ tablespoons) cornflour

5ml (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

30ml (2 tablespoons) brandy

60ml (1/4 cup) fresh cream

7-8 Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½ cm wedges

30g (2 tablespoons) butter, cubed

Egg wash, (1 egg, lightly whisked)

30ml (2 tablespoons) demerara sugar

Butterscotch Sauce:

100g (½ cup) salted butter
110g (½ cup demerara sugar
250ml (1 cup) fresh cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon sea salt


For the pastry, combine the cake flour, rye flour, icing sugar and salt in a processor. Pulse to aerate the flour. Add the butter and pulse until the texture is roughly crumbed. Add the water and pulse until the dough comes together. Turn out and press together lightly. Wrap in cling film and chill for 1 hour. 

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the oven rack on the lowest rung.

Divide the dough in half. On a floured board, roll each piece out to a 3mm thickness. Line a Le Creuset Square Dish on the base and sides. Chill for 10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the demerara sugar, cornflour, cinnamon, nutmeg, brandy, and cream. Add the apples and toss to coat. 

Add the apples and juices into the pastry case. Scatter over the cubed butter and cover with the remaining pastry, either plaiting 2.5cm strips of pastry or a full pastry sheet. Trim the overhanging edges and pinch together to seal. Brush with egg wash and scatter over the demerara sugar. Cut three small steam slits on top if the pastry is a full sheet. Bake for 15 minutes on the lower shelf. Reduce the temperature to 180°C, move the shelf to the middle rung and bake for a further 60-65 minutes. Cover with foil for the last 15-20 minutes to prevent over-browning.

Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve with butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream.

For the butterscotch sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the sugar and cook until the mixture is a deep caramel colour, about 5-6 minutes. Pour in the cream and simmer until thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and salt.

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