Oriental applepie

A different version of the traditional polish apple pie- with a hint of sweet mango and a kick of freshly minced ginger- this pie made my day.
In Poland, there are a few aproaches to apple pies- one is to make mush  from apples, and cover it with grated frosted pie crust. Or slice apples  onto sponge cake and add peach slices. Or cover it up with whipped egg whites. It's all really good, but looks really mushy, which doesn't really match up with my appetite.

So what do I do? I make a applepie fitting my terrible aestetic needs.
Plus I had some dried mango and fresh ginger to use.
But you didn't know that. I'm kind of crafty :P

I think I just gave away what exactly you have to do. Well, nearly.

Type of dish: dessert, cake
Serves: many hungry people
Cost: medium
Difficulty: easy
Time: 1,5h
Prep time: 30min
Baking time: 45 min
Oven temp: 190C

You'll need:
a large baking tray, medium mixing bowl, rolling pin, electric beater, medium saucepan with lid, wooden spatula, rubber spatula, cutting board, sharp knife, cup, teaspoon,

  • 6-7 large apples mixed ( tangy and sweet)
  • 100gr minced dried mango
  • 6 tsp finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus 3 tbsp
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 100gr currants or raisins (or cranberries)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  •  2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 100gr butter softened

Dice your apples and put in the saucepan. Add the minced ginger, mango, raisins, cinanmon and sugar. Pour in half a cup of water and squeeze in a bit of lemon juice. Mix well and cover on medium heat.
 On a working space sift together the flour , baking powder, vanilla extract, 3 tbsp of sugar, egg yolks and butter. Use a knife to cut up the batter, then knead for a few minutes until the crust is elastic, pliable and shiny. Cover in wrap and put in fridge for 30min.
Watch if the apples are coming apart, mix them from time to time. When part of the apples is mush, or what some people call it applesauce, and the rest of the apples are intact. Turn off the heat and set aside.
Preheat oven. Grease the pan. Beat the egg whites stiff with a spoon of sugar but use a beater.;) Take the pie crust from the fridge and roll it out to fit the baking tray. Cover the bottom and sides of the pan. Transfer the applesauce on the crust, and smooth out. Cover the apples with the beaten egg whites and put in the oven to bake for  about  40-45 min in 190C.
Leave  to cool down and serve either warm with a serving of vanilla icecream.  Go crazy and add some whipped cream if you feel like it!

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