Well actually it isn't my birthday. It was a little over one month ago. I had fully intended to publish this blog back then but as you can see, that didn't happen. I'm guess I'm still getting used to my new daily life since I moved to Tokyo earlier this year. I'm a lot busier than I used to be and my self-imposed blogging schedule suffers from it. At this moment, I've pretty much just decided to blog whenever I feel like it and be at peace with that. Some times I might post three articles a week and some times I might not post anything for over a month.
So now that we've got that out of the way, it was my birthday recently. My good South Korean friends Kim Kiss, Park Son Min, Kang in Geol and Ja Mi Gyong took me and my girlfriend out to dinner in Tokyo's Korean neighbourhood. After lots of bbq meat, even more beer and some surprise birthday pastries, we ended up in this other place. Kiss and Son Min spoke some gibberish to the waiters and they came back with a load of Soju
bottles. The next day ... I was mostly recovering from a hangover but the day after that I finally made my own birthday cake and that's what I'm here to talk about.
This apple pie was actually created by my grandmother and has pretty much been a family tradition of sorts. My uncle made it, my mother made it, my sister made it and now I make it. It's really simple to do and so incredibly tasty! The hardest part is actually peeling and cutting up the apples which can take some time. In my family, whenever it's somebody's birthday, we either make this one of a cream cheese cake that my mother invented. I actually made that one later last month when it was my girlfriend's birthday.
Time to make: About 1 hour and a half
What you need
For the filling:
12 table spoons of flour
10 table spoons of white sugar
1 package of vanilla sugar
8 table spoons of milk
6 table spoons of molten butter
About a handful raisins
Between 6 and 8 apples depending on their size
For the little sauce on top:
7 table spoons of white sugar
1 table spoon of molten butter
How to do it
* Peal the apples and cut them in pieces of roughly 1 cm².
* Mix the flour, milk, butter sugar and eggs together in a bowl.
* Add the apples to the bowl.
* Flavour this with some cinnamon and add the raisins.
* Grease a pie dish.
* Sprinkle some bread powder on the dish and shake it so the bottom and all the edges are covered in it. This way the pie can easily be removed afterwards.
* Now poor the filling in there and push the raisins down under the surface so they don't burn.
* Put it in the oven at 180 °C for about 35 minutes.
* Mix the egg, the sugar and the last spoon of butter in a bowl.
* After the filling has baked for 35 minutes, take it out and poor this sauce over it. This makes the surface nice and shiny ~_^
* Now put it back in the oven at the same temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.