Curry Dumpling Bentos and Apple Pie

20 Jul

7-18-08 curry dumpling2

I had some frozen curry dumplings on hand so this was the theme of these bento boxes. One was for my sister for lunch on Thursday and the other was for me even though I had no where to go. The dumplings were made following a tutorial from lunchinabox. They’re delicious pan fried.

7-18-08 curry dumpling1

Also in the lunches were chickpeas in lemon, olive oil and Parmesan cheese, celery sticks with peanut butter in the cute case, salad with homemade ginger dressing, and the chocolate chip oatmeal cookie I made a while back.

I made apple pie again! I used recipes from allrecipes but I’ll include them here for reference.

apple pie

Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie

Ingredients:
* 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter
* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/4 cup water
* 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced

Directions:
1. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add white sugar, brown sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
3. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.

Changes I made
: I only used 1/4 cup butter and left out the water. I also mixed the apples in the sauce before putting in the pie but only because I had much less sauce than the recipe actually made. I’m deathly afraid of watery pies. In retrospect, adding the water wouldn’t have hurt if I let the pie cool overnight before cutting into it.

Basic Flaky Pie Crust
(makes only 1 crust)

Ingredients:
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup shortening, chilled
* 3 tablespoons ice water

Directions:
1. Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium size bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.
2. Gently gather dough particles together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
3. Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate. Fill with desired filling and bake.

I only made one crust because I had a store-bought frozen one on hand

apple pie slice

edit to add:
mini apple pies! made from the leftover materials.
apple pie mini

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