Moon apple pie

I had in mind to bake a cheese cake or a creme caramel but my daughter was very clear that she wanted an apple pie. As I love to involve my kids in cooking, I had to accept the "imposed" preference. We looked together through some recipes and at a certain moment she showed me a thumb up. OK, this one should be then.
This recipe is very known in Romania, it is a classic Romanian apple pie recipe. Ask any mother or grand mother in Romania and they will give you a similar recipe. Most of the time, this pie is baked on a classic oven tray, cut in squares and powdered with a lot of icing sugar.
I love the cake but hate the squared flat shapes. I then went for a customized version, as I almost always do :)


  • 2kg apples
  • 100g sugar
  • 250g butter (room temperature)
  • 100g sugar
  • 230g sour cream
  • 10g baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs

  1. Prepare first the filling, by grating the apples. I kept the peel on the apples before grating them.
  2. Put the grated apples in a pot and add the sugar.
  3. Cook for 30 minutes or until the juice is reduced. You will need to stir from time to time.
  4. When done, let the apples to cool.
  5. Now, let's prepare the dough. Mix the butter with sugar using a mixer.
  6. Add the 2 eggs, one by one and continue to mix.
  7. Separately, mix the flour with baking powder.
  8. Add half quantity of these dried ingredients and mix.
  9. Add the sour cream and mix.
  10. Add the remaining part of the dried ingredients and mix until well combined.
  11. Put the dough on a floured board and form a boule.
  12. Take a big oven tray and put a baking sheet or a silicone sheet on the bottom.
  13. Cut the boule in 2 and stretch it to match the dimension of the tray.
  14. Lay the first sheet of dough on the bottom of the tray.
  15. Add the apple filling and layer it nicely.
  16. Stretch the second part of the dough with the same dimensions as the first one. You can play now to decorate this part as you prefer or you can simply use it as is.
  17. Layer the second sheet of dough on the top of the apple filling. On top, I brushed with an egg to stick the decoration and to give a nice color, but this is totally optional.
  18. Bake in the preheated oven at 180ÂșC for 40 minutes. To avoid burning the top, I placed the tray on the lower part of the oven.
Recipe inspired from here.


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