I used to help in our family restaurant. I love good food and enjoy thinking up creative ways to cook and use leftovers to avoid food waste.
Apple Pie With a Poppy Seed Twist
This recipe is particularly suitable for inexperienced cooks because very few ingredients are required and no special skills are needed. Beginners and regular cooks can rejoice at the fact that they can produce such a tasty and slightly unusual fruit pie with so little trouble.
Where to Get Poppy Seed Filling
I love experimenting with ingredients, and poppy seed filling is my latest addition. It comes in tins and packets, or there are recipes for making it at home. This filling is very popular in Eastern Europe and is often used for celebratory dishes. Now that international food is so popular, it's not hard to find it in international grocery stores and, of course, online.
I actually invented this recipe because I had half a tin of the filling left over after I had made poppyseed roll—and whilst making an apple pie, I was looking round for some additional flavour to give it a kick. I usually add cinnamon, apple pie spice or even crystallized ginger. This time I wanted a change, and my eyes fell on the rather brightly decorated tin, which tickled my creative streak.
- An oven-proof glass or metal dish
- Pastry board (or flat, clean surface)
- Oven-proof pie tin or bowl
- Egg whisk or fork
- Bowl (to mix eggs)
- Knife (to cut apples and shape pastry)
- Pastry brush
For the Filling:
- 2 tablespoons Bakalland poppy seed filling, (or any similar brand of tinned poppy seed filihng)
- 3 Bromley apples (or any large and sour-tasting apples)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup / 250 ml water
For the Crust:
- 1 roll ready-made puff pastry
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, white sugar or honey (or any sweetening alternative}
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- Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 (375°F/190°C).
- Core the apples, and peel if desired, then chop into small chunks. Place them in a saucepan, adding the poppy seed filling, cinnamon and water. Gently boil for 5 minutes until the apples are softened and the water has partially evaporated so that the mixture is still wet and slightly juicy.
- Place the apple mixture in a shallow baking dish and cover it with the pastry so that the edges of the pastry are spread and overlapping over the sides of the dish. Cut round the edge of the pastry with a sharp knife or pastry cutter so that it fits the dish, and press the edges to seal the dish. Pierce the pastry in 2 or 3 places to allow steam to escape.
- Beat the egg yolk and paste it over the pastry surface with a pastry brush to give it a nice glaze.
- Place the pie in the oven and cook at Gas Mark 5 (375 °F/190°C) for 20 minutes. Check whether the pastry has risen and turned pale brown and, if necessary, cook it for 5 to 10 minutes longer (according to your taste and the accuracy of your oven temperature).
Apple pie, with or without poppy seeds, is very versatile. You can eat it in any of the following ways:
- Hot, warm or cold
- With ice cream
- With cream
- With custard
Joy of Baking Apple Pie
Below you can find a video tutorial for a classic apple pie. Try this one if you'd rather omit the poppyseed filling!
Another Delicious Poppy Seed Recipe
- Poppy Seed Roll Recipe (Only Three Ingredients)
This delicious poppy seed roll recipe calls for only three ingredients, making it super quick and easy. Ready to eat in just 30 minutes!