|Threaded Apple Pastry|
for Warped by Maurissa Guibord
Threaded Apple Pastry
Like the braids of this flaky pastry, Tessa and William in Warped by Maurissa Guibord, become entwined within the warping of a tapestry that holds William hostage. Tessa and William are threaded together through the ages and complement each other like the tart apples and sweet apples in the tart.
5-6 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Let the mixture sit to thicken while you make the pastry.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of baking powder
1 cup cold unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup cold water
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut the cold butter into 1/2 inch cubes. Mix the butter into the flour mixture with your hands, pinching the butter until the ingredients resembles coarse cornmeal.
In a small bowl whisk the egg, vinegar and cold water. Stir into the dry ingredients mixture. Mix with your hands until you can form a firm ball.
Roll the pastry dough into a large rectangle. Roll the rectangle onto your rolling pin and unroll the dough onto a baking pan. Place the apple filling down the center of the rectangle, leaving at least 3 inches on each side of the filling. Using a butter knife, cut diagonal slits in the pastry dough, from the filling outward. Continue the slits the length of the dough, forming 1 inch strips of pastry on each side of the filling. Fold the top and bottom of the pastry in first followed by the strips of pastry over each other like a braid.
In a small bowl beat the egg white and 1 teaspoon water. Brush the braided pastry with the egg.
Bake at 375 for 35 minutes until the top crust is a golden brown.