Mon, 11 Dec, 2023

Food: A meaning to life and recipe of Apple Pie

By Bimal Gaire

Food has a great meaning in our life. It adds color and flavor to our joy and celebrations. Foods are not only meant for eating, there is more to it; it is a channel to exchanging love and compassion. Foods unite people and their heart. Foods not only provide nutrition, they deliver peace of mind and inner satisfaction. People get lost into the taste of food. It is said that it is easy to win hearts of others with the help of delicious food. Foods are the identity of culture and tradition. They represent a certain ethnicity or a region to a bigger community. Foods vary from place to place. People from different cultural backgrounds eat different foods. The ingredients, methods of preparation, preservation techniques, and types of food eaten at different meals vary among cultures. Some food beliefs and practices are due to religious beliefs. Around the world, Hindus, Christians, Muslims and others eat different foods than one another. Festivities and their celebration entail typical and traditions foods. Food items have their own importance. These are exchanged as gifts in several occasions. Fruits chocolates and beverages are taken as gifts to relatives or friends whenever we visit them. But cabbage and potatoes are a bit inappropriate to gift. Isn’t it? That would be fun if you try that out for a change. An apple pie is a fruit pie in which the principal filling ingredient is apple. It generally has upper and lower crust between which apple pulp is filled along with sugar and honey. It is one of the most significant foods in American culture. It has a great meaning to American people and their way of life. Here is a simple Recipe to make apple pie. Try this out and make yourself a very delicious apple pie and enjoy its delight with your loved ones. Take a large mixing bowl; put the flour, a pinch of salt and butter. Then rub the mixture with your fingers. Put some sugar and lightly beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon chilled water. Now, put some more water and stir until the dough (the mixture) shapes into a smooth ball with your hands. Use more water if necessary. Finally, divide the dough into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap it in a plastic and leave it to chill for 30 minutes. Peel the apples and cut into medium sized pieces (approx. 8 pieces). Mix the apples with lemon juice in a large bowl to prevent it from discoloring. Place butter and sugar in a fry pan over a medium heat. When the butter has melted, pour the apples and spices (cinnamon.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the apples are softened and obtain a faint brownish color. Then leave it aside to cool. Take a metal pie dish and unroll the dough over the pie dish. Gently press over corners and edges; make a base of almost 2mm. Then place the filling with the help of a spoon. Make sure that the filling is uniformly distributed. Cover the filling with a layer of pastry piece (dough). Beat egg and milk to brush the rim and upper layer. Lift the pie dish and cut excess pastry from edges with a sharp knife. Crimp the edges of pastry together with your fingers. This gives a firm shape to your pie. Leave it to chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C, place pie dish on a baking tray. Brush top of you pie with more beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Make some holes in the center of the pie using a knife and bake for 45 minutes or until the pie becomes golden brown in color. Take the dish out from the oven. Don’t forget to use gloves because it is too hot. Now your pie is ready. After cooling for around 5 minutes take the pie out of the pie dish and cut into pieces. Serve it with whipped cream or ice cream on top. Happy cooking. Cheers!!