27 September 2017

My Twin Peaks pie


Who has never seen the David Lynch mythic series Twin Peaks will never understand.

All along the show, characters swallow thousand of cherry pie slices with a never ending ecstasy, meanwhile we, poor audience, are too hypnotized by a gripping storyline to move, glued in our seats and of course starving.

Certainly, with experience, you will end up preparing a picnic before beginning a Twin-Peaks session. But every time, it’s the same magic over and over, and you can’t stop thinking about eating one of those…

So I tried a lot, sometime in the middle of the night, and finally, this is the closest recipe to the idea I had of this pie.

With cherry or with apples…


Pastry for a 20cm (2/3 ft) pie dish

  • 130g (1 cup) of all-purpose flour
  • 100g (1/2 cup) of salted butter
  • 50g (1/4 cup) of brown sugar
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) of cold water


For apples filling

  • 4 apples
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 150ml (2/3 cup) of water
  • 4 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of powdered cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod




For cherries filling

  • 600g (11/5 lb) of cherries
    (fresh, pasteurized or frozen)
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp of granulated sugar

Cut the apples in small pieces. Split the vanilla pod and scrape the beans.

In a pan, gently stew over low heat with the sugar, the water, the lemon juice, the cinnamon and the vanilla pod split in half for about 15 minutes, until the liquid is almost completely boiled away and syrupy. If there is still too much water, remove the apples and let the liquid reduce to a thick syrup. Let cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the pastry.

Mix sugar and flour, add softened butter. Knead well, add 30ml (2 tbsp) of cold water all at once. Form a ball of dough. (It should come off easily; if it sticks, add some flour). Separate the dough in two pieces. Roll the first one on a floured parchment paper sheet. Line a pie dish (keep the baking paper).

Fill the pie with the cooled garnish.

Roll out the second piece of dough, cut it in strips and cross them on the top of the pie, or just cut out some patterns.

Close the pie by rolling the pastry on the edges.

Brush the top of the pie with melted salted butter and sprinkle with brow sugar, for a perfect crispness.

Bake in medium oven until the crust is golden brown.

Serve lukewarm, eventually with heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.

Variant: Twin Peaks pie with cherries filling

In this case, in a pan, gently stew over low heat the cherries with the sugar, and the lemon juice for about 10 minutes, and let cool.

The rest of the recipe remains unchanged.

Plate: Frivole or @ Bernardaud

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