Just like an old wine in a new bottle, a deconstructed apple pie recipe has been devised to create a more delicious apple pie in a new format. The basic idea behind the deconstructed cuisine is to take apart the ingredients of the traditional apple pie and put them together again in a new and unique way. Each part is treated separately by altering its presentation, texture and form and in this process the original flavours of the dish are preserved and even enhanced. The various components of a traditional apple pie consisting of the warm apple filling, the sweet decadent crumble and buttery crust are rehashed individually and then put together again in a unique manner that presents an impressive image which is out of the ordinary.
The ingredients of the deconstructed apple pie consist of the filling which is made from 12 apples, half lime, half stick of butter, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 2 tbs cinnamon, ½ cup brandy, and 1 tbs of nutmeg. The crumble is made from 1 cup flour, ½ cup white sugar, 1 stick of butter, and 1 cup walnut. The cookie crust is made from 1 cup flour, 3 tbs of white sugar, half stick of butter and 1 egg.
For preparing the filling, peel and core the apples then cut them into large cubes, place the cubes in a bowl and squeeze the juice from the lime over them. Melt the butter in a pan and add the apples with half the amount of brown sugar and stir. Add the remaining sugar plus the cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook over medium-low heat for at least 10 minutes stirring occasionally until the apples soften. Add the vanilla and stir. Flambé the apples with Brandy then remove from heat and allow to cool.
For making the crumble, blend the walnuts until powdered in a food processor. Place the ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands until a crumbly consistency is achieved. Don’t melt the butter. Spread the crumble on a baking sheet and slide in the oven for 20 min at 350 F. Allow to cool and separate the chunks that merged together with your hands or a fork to make it crumbly once again.
For making the cookie crust, blend the flour, sugar and butter using the electric beater. Add the egg and beat until homogenous cookie dough is achieved. Flatten the dough with a roller and use a round cookie cutter to make the cookies. Cut a slit in each cookie making a “pacman-like” shape. You can also cut the dough into to other shapes with a knife, like long sticks or rectangles.
Place the cookies in the oven for 15 min at 350 F until golden brown. Allow to cool and sprinkle cinnamon or powdered sugar over them for a touch of extra sweetness.
The dish can be served by first adding a layer of apple filling followed by the crumble and topping it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a tall red wine goblet. Rest the slit of the round cookie on the edge of the glass and slide a couple of cookie sticks into the glass as well.