Here's a Canadian version of the classic French upside-down apple pie. Golden Delicious apples are best because they hold their wedge shape, making for a show- stopping presentation.
- Portion size 10 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: March 2004
- 6 apples 2-1/2 lb/1.25 kg
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cups maple syrup
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cubed
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup (less 1 tsp) ice water
Pastry: In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. In measuring cup, whisk vinegar with enough ice water to make 1/4 cup (50 mL). Drizzle over flour mixture, stirring with fork until dough holds together when pressed. Press into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
Peel, quarter and core apples. Cut quarters lengthwise to make 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick wedges; set aside.
In 8-inch (20 cm) cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; add sugar and cook, stirring, until bubbly and just turning golden, about 2 minutes. Add maple syrup; cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Starting at edge of pan, arrange apples, flat side down, in concentric circles in syrup.
Simmer over medium-low heat, basting often, until apples begin to soften and syrup starts to thicken, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, on lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 10-inch (25 cm) circle; cut 4 small steam vents in centre. Place over apples; press pastry edge down between apples and pan.
Bake in centre of 425°F (220°C) oven until pastry is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Wearing oven mitts, invert heatproof serving plate over skillet; turn over to unmould onto plate. Replace any apples that may stick to pan and scrape out any sauce over apples. Serve warm.
Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 10 servings:</b> about
- Sodium 61 mg
- Protein 2 g
- Calories 302.0
- Total fat 14 g
- Cholesterol 37 mg
- Saturated fat 9 g
- Total carbohydrate 44 g
- Iron 6.0
- Folate 7.0
- Calcium 2.0
- Vitamin A 13.0
- Vitamin C 5.0