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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I was applauded for my Apple Pie whenever I bring it to a gathering.
My version of Apple Pie is different from others. I like to use a tart pan for my pies as compared to a pie pan as it looks extremely elegant.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Unlike many other recipes, I like to precook my apple filling first before baking it as I prefer the flavor of it. I feel that my pre-cooking the apples, it actually deepens the fruit’s flavor and at the same time, allowing all the juices to be thickened.
If you realize, my pie looks different. I used a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and used it as my top crust. What’s the reason you may ask? Simply being the fact that it looks cute and super easy.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Don’t be too eager like me and cut straight after baking! My whole pie almost crumbled apart. You must let it cool for at least an hour before doing so! Nevertheless, look at the pastry, flaky and crisp, right?

The way I make my pie dough is also a little different as compared to other conventional recipes. In Singapore, the weather is just killing as our average temperature is over 30C and making a good flaky pie crust ain’t that simple after all. I like to use frozen cubed butter and the food processor method as it yields a better result. I know I know, not only the technique of making a pie dough is different, the ingredients listed for the pie crust are also equally weird. But, trust me, guys! 

Cornstarch and vinegar were being used to prevent the formation of gluten. While for baking powder, it is used to help the crust to be a little puffy that will give you a more flaky result.

Apple Pie
Makes 1 eight-inch round tart pan pie
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Crust
  1. (285 grams) 2 1/4 cups of Plain Flour
  2. (35 grams) 1/4 cup of Corn Starch
  3. 1/4 tsp. of Baking Powder
  4. 2 tbsp. of Caster Sugar
  5. 1/4 tsp. of Salt
  6. (225 grams) 1 cup of Frozen Salted Butted, cubed
  7. 1 Large Egg
  8. 2 to 4 tbsp. of Cold Water
  9. 1/4 tsp. of Vinegar
Fillings
  1. 800 grams of peeled and sliced Apples
  2. (125 grams) 1/2 cup of Caster Sugar
  3. 2 tbsp. of Salted Butter
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
  5. Juice of half lemon
  6. 1 tbsp. of Corn Starch
  7. 2 tbsp. of Water
  8. Egg wash
  9. 1 Egg
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, blitz plain flour, cornstarch, baking powder, caster sugar, salt and frozen cubed butter until breadcrumb consistency.
  2. Drizzle in beaten eggs, water, and vinegar. Continue to blitz until the mixture turns from white to yellowish crumbs. If the dough can be pitched into a dough, transfer onto a kneading surface. Else, add another tablespoon of ice cold water and blitz.
  3. Press the crumbs together to form into one dough. Divide the dough into two and form each into a round disk.
  4. Wrap them individually with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. Meanwhile, melt salted butter on a medium heat pan and throw in sliced apples.
  6. Add in caster sugar, ground cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  7. Mix well and cover with a lid.
  8. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. Turn the heat down to low. Combine water and cornstarch and drizzle it in.
  10. Cook until the sauce is well thickened. Shut off the heat and let it cool.
  11. Take one of your chilled dough and roll it out between two parchment paper.
  12. Make sure to roll out about an inch larger than the tart pan itself.
  13. Let it chill in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up before pressing it into the tart pan.
  14. Once you have pressed it evenly, transfer the cooled filling into the shell and put it in the fridge to chill while you roll out your second dough.
  15. Roll out your second dough that has been chilled and use your favorite cookie cutter to cut out shapes for the top crust.
  16. I like to put it in the freezer to chill before removing it and placing it onto the pie.
  17. Trim around the edges to make sure that it is even.
  18. Egg wash your top crust.
  19. Finally, chill your pie while preheating the oven to 210C. You would want the butter in the crust to firm up hard before putting into the oven.
  20. Bake it at 210C for 15 minutes. Then lower it down to 180C and bake it for another 45 minutes.
  21. Let it cool for an about an hour or two before serving it warm.
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Apple Pie | All Recipes Things to do at Nagano

7 things you must do at Nagano – A peak at Nagano

I got to attend a screening at JAPAN RAIL CAFE about Nagano prefecture, a region that is mountainous and landlocked to know more about its top destination areas and speciality. Organized by NHK WORLD, it was based on a series program called, ‘A Peak at Nagano‘ which promotes the region.

NHK Event

NHK Event

Previously, I did not know that the region exists, nor I was interested to travel around Japan other than Osaka and Tokyo. But after going through the talk about Nagano, it was truly an eye-opener that there are actually so many other things to do in Japan! I was intrigued to know that the region is easily accessible by Japan’s railway system from Tokyo and Nagoya!  Make sure to take advantage and visit the area for your next vacation!

 1.

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Credit: NHK World

Beautiful and elegant, yet designed to ward off intruders

Matsumoto Castle is located in the second largest city in Nagano prefecture, Matsumoto. The castle is considered a national treasure as it has a long history of more than 400 years! Do you know that the traditional structure was designed in a way that it actually fight off any enemy that tries to attack it in the past? Sounds interesting right? I’m sure it is a place for you to discover something new and special.

Besides,  you will get a taste of traditional Japan in the city of Matsumoto. I highly recommend you to check out the area.

2.

 Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple

Credit: NHK World

One of the most popular temples in Nagano is the Zenkoji Temple, you must not miss it when visiting there. The centerpiece of the temple that enshrines is the holy statue of Amitabha, the Buddha of Pure Land Buddhism. Dating back to the 7th century, this historic temple is one of the only few temples that still has strong religious roots as morning rituals are still held daily by the high priest  So make sure to visit and understand more about it when you are there!

3.

Lake Suwa

Lake Suwa

Credit: Go! Nagano (http://www.go-nagano.net)

Cruise around the largest lake in Nagano Prefecture and enjoy the month-long fireworks festival every evening during summertime. Make sure to catch the longest and biggest Suwa Lake Fireworks where you can expect to see over 40,000 fireworks go up in the sky on the 15th of August! The breathtaking festival will be held during August till early September annually. Additionally, the lake is surrounded by lots of hot springs, I highly suggest you to stay a night in one of the nearby traditional inns to truly feel relax and understand the history here.

4.

Kamakura Village

Kamakura-Village

Credit: Go! Nagano (http://www.go-nagano.net)

Be enchanted with the famous Kamakura snow huts in the winter. Thick white blanket of snow will be covered usually in the month of February and approximately 20 magnificent snow huts will be built to celebrate the season! Make sure to feel magical by lighting up one of the snow huts! 

5.

Cruise Trains (also known as Sight Seeing Trains)

 

Night View Obasute

Credit: NHK World

Have you set on a train in Japan and stunned at Japan’s amazing scenic view? Ride a round trip train from Nagano to Obsaute at night just for a speculator view! What’s more, a delicious bento that uses ingredients from Obsaute will be provided for each ticket holder. The trip is called as ‘Night View Obasute’. Isn’t it nice that you will be able to dine while enjoying the night view? Romantic and extraordinary. 

6.

Kamikochi

Credit: Japan-Guide (http://www.japan-guide.com)

Credit: Japan-Guide (http://www.japan-guide.com)

Home of over 3,000-meter high mountains, you will be greeted with some of Japan’s most spectacular mountain scenery here in Kamikochi.  Be sure to wander around Taisho Pond where decayed trees due to the eruption of nearby volcano Takedake provide a special sight of the area. Immerse yourself in nature and take a moment to enjoy the surroundings as there are so much more to see like the Tashiro and Myojin lakes. If you are feeling adventurous, there are hiking courses to the summits of the mountains! It is a wonderful place that you can’t miss if you like hiking. Do note, however, that the park is only accessible by bus or taxi.

7.

Azumino City

Located in the central of Nagano prefecture, be sure to take a cycling tour on Azumino Yamabiko Cycling course. It is easy to rent a bicycle at a reasonable price to explore the city to places such as the Azumino National Park for an incredible view, and Daio Wasabi Farm which you can experience yourself the harvesting of Wasabi plant. You can tune into NHK WORLD to catch one of their programs called, ‘CYCLE AROUND JAPAN on ‘Nagano – Life Deep in the Mountainsto discover the secret places of Nagano.

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Fun-facts about Nagano:

Do you know that Nagano has the longest life expectancy in Japan? 80.88 years for men while 87.18 years for women. However, it was very different 50 years ago as the residents of the region used to have a diet high in salt. Yet, the situation at early 1980 turned quickly as the government encouraged the residents there to stay active and reduce sodium intake by eating smaller quantities of pickled vegetables and less consumption of salty miso soup. The campaign was a huge success and now the region is Japan’s longest life span expectancy!

NHK WORLD

Find out more about Nagano on NHK WORLD’s latest series, A Peak at Nagano‘ that features episodes on tourism in Nagano! There are also other Nagano programmes like ‘Journeys in Japan and Japan Railway Journal for you to discover the secrets of Nagano prefecture. 

For those of you who are new to NHK WORLD, it is a 24 hour English TV channel of Japan’s only public broadcasting station, NHK. You are able to catch the latest news and trends with its wide variety of programmes that covers food, travel, culture and many more.

Tune in to NHK WORLD on your TV via Singtel TV on Ch. 157 or Starhub TV on Ch. 812.

If you don’t have any subscription, do not fear! You can still stream (for free!) the programmes LIVE or access to tons of their content via VOD (video-on-demand) services which are available on NHK WORLD’s official website and their free smartphone app.

If you are interested in traveling there, make sure to check out their official tourism guide by heading over to http://www.go-nagano.net/.

Nagano Navi

Credit: Go! Nagano (http://www.go-nagano.net)

Download ‘Nagano Navi’ on Android or IOS as your Nagano’s travel guide there for information on Nagano’s sights and transportations!

 Brought to you by NHK World and Go! Nagano

 

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