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Grated Apple Pie Recipe

History of Grated Apple Pie:

Grated Apple Pie is a classic dessert that has been enjoyed for generations. The recipe originated in Europe, where apples were plentiful in many regions. It was a simple and affordable way to use up excess apples when they were in season.

The tradition of using grated apples in pie filling dates back centuries. Grating the apples instead of slicing them allows for a more even distribution of flavor throughout the pie. This method also helps to create a smoother texture, resulting in a pie that is both delicious and easy to eat.

Fun Facts about Grated Apple Pie:

- Grated Apple Pie is often referred to as "mock apple pie" because the grated apples resemble the texture and taste of cooked apples, even though no real apples are used.
- During the Great Depression in the 1930s, when fresh apples were scarce, many people turned to grated apple pie as a way to enjoy the flavors of apple pie without the high cost of apples.
- Grated Apple Pie became popular in America during the 19th century as settlers moved westward and apples became a staple crop in many regions.
- Some variations of Grated Apple Pie recipe include adding spices such as nutmeg or cloves for extra flavor.
- The addition of raisins, currants, almonds, cinnamon, and lemon peel in the filling adds a unique twist to the traditional apple pie recipe.

Recipe: Grated Apple Pie

Ingredients:
- 1 pie-plate of rich puff paste (for the pie crust)
- 4-5 large tart apples, grated
- 2 egg yolks
- ½ cup sugar
- A handful of raisins
- A handful of currants
- A handful of pounded almonds
- A pinch of ground cinnamon
- Grated peel of 1 lemon
- 2 egg whites
- 3 tablespoons of pulverized sugar

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to a quick bake temperature.

2. Line a pie-plate with a rich puff paste. Make sure the edges are well-sealed to prevent leaking.

3. In a bowl, stir together the grated apples, egg yolks, and sugar until well combined.

4. Add the raisins, currants, pounded almonds, ground cinnamon, and grated lemon peel to the apple mixture. Stir until evenly distributed.

5. Pour the apple filling onto the prepared pie crust, spreading it out evenly.

6. Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for the recommended time for puff pastry, or until the crust is golden brown.

7. While the pie is baking, prepare the meringue topping. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

8. Gradually add the pulverized sugar to the beaten egg whites, continuing to beat until the mixture is thick and glossy.

9. Once the pie is baked, remove it from the oven and carefully spread the meringue topping over the hot pie.

10. Return the pie to the oven and set it back in the oven until the meringue is lightly browned.

11. Once the pie has cooled, it is ready to be served.

Serve the Grated Apple Pie cold, and enjoy the delicious combination of sweet and tart flavors. The grated apples create a unique texture that is both refreshing and satisfying. The meringue topping adds a light and fluffy finish, making it a perfect dessert for any occasion.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
- Apple Crumble Pie: This dessert combines the flavors of apple pie with a crunchy crumble topping made from butter, flour, and sugar. The apples are typically sliced rather than grated, but the result is equally delicious.
- Apple Strudel: A traditional European dessert made with a flaky pastry dough filled with grated apples, sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes raisins or nuts. It is rolled into a log shape and baked until golden brown.
- Apple Tart: A simpler version of apple pie, typically made with a single pastry crust and thinly sliced apples arranged in an attractive pattern on top. It is often brushed with apricot jam for a glossy finish.

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