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    Bramble, apple and rose geranium pie

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    Bramble, apple and rose geranium pie

    My pastry recipe is perfect for those who feel they have hot hands. Usually, cool hands and a light touch are needed when making pastry, but this version is made using the creaming method rather than rubbing in cubes of butter. Pelargonium Graveolens, a member of the rose geranium family, lends its beautiful fragrance. If you don’t grow them or can’t find any leaves, leave them out or use a split vanilla pod instead. Serve warm with softly whipped cream and brown sugar.

    • Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus chilling
    • Cooking time: 45 minutes
    • Total time: 90 minutes, plus chilling 60 minutes 30 minutes

    Serves: 8

    Ingredients

    • 600g Bramley apples
    • 110g Blackberries
    • 6 Rose geranium leaves, untreated, washed
    • 165g Caster sugar
    • 1 tbsp Milk
    • Pastry
    • 225g Unsaltened butter, softened
    • 50g Caster sugar
    • 2 Eggs
    • 350g Plain flour, preferably unbleached

    Method

    1. First make the pastry. Cream the butter and sugar together by hand or in a food mixer. Add the eggs and beat for several minutes. Reduce speed and mix in the flour. Turn out onto a piece of greaseproof paper, flatten into a round, wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas 4. Roll out about two-thirds of the pastry to approximately 3mm thick and use it to line a rectangular tin or dish (18cm x 31cm x 2.5cm). Roll out the remaining pastry to form a lid, and cut out a few leaves from the scraps for decoration. Peel, quarter and dice the apples and put in a bowl; add the blackberries and torn geranium leaves, and sprinkle with 150g sugar. Combine the beaten egg and milk to make an egg wash.
    3. Pile the fruit into the lined dish. Drape the pastry lid over the top, sealing the edges with water. Decorate with the pastry leaves, brush with egg wash and bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, until the apples are tender. When cooked, sprinkle lightly with the remaining sugar and cut into squares.

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    Drinks recommendation

    Tokaji is a wonderful combination of freshness, sweetness and lush fruitiness, and this example is exceptionally good. Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2005 Tokaji, Hungary. Bin 20817; £10.95/25cl.

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