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Roasted Pepper Marmalade Pie with Animal Print Crust


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For Pie Crust:
All Purpose Flour - 2 1/4 Cups
Salted Butter - 2/3 Cup (If unsalted butter, then add 1/2 Tsp salt)
Ice Water - 1/2 Cup
Lemon Zest - from 1 medium size lemon

For Pie Filling:

Red Bell Pepper - 2 Big Size or 15-20 mini peppers. I used the mini peppers.
Apple - 1 big size
Sugar - 1/4 Cup
Honey - 1 Cup (Adjust as per sweetness requirement)
Lemon Zest - from 1 medium size lemon
Lemon Juice - 4 Tsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 Tsp

Preparation Method:

Step 1: Make the Pie Crust Dough.
Take flour in a mixing bowl
Grate the cold butter so its easy to mix.
Use your hand and massage the flour and butter so that butter gets coated on all the flour granules.
Add lemon zest
Add salt if you are using unsalted butter.
Add ice cold water slowly and mix till it forms a ball and leaves the sides of the mixing bowl. Don't over work it.
Wrap it in cling wrap and refrigerate it for about 1hour so it is cold enough. This will help obtain a crisp flaky crust.

Step 2: Roast the peppers in oven.
Preheat oven to 450 degree F
Line the peppers on a greased oven safe vessel.
Bake for 10mins on each side.
Remove from oven and let it cool.

Step 3: Make the Pie Filling.
Wash the apple and grate it. Add lemon juice and mix so apples don't discolor.
Remove the skin of the roasted peppers. Chop half of them into tiny pieces and blend the rest to a fine paste.
Heat a pan containing sugar and honey.
When it starts bubbling, add the grated apple, chopped and blended peppers and mix well. Let it cook for about 10mins.
Add the lemon zest and black pepper powder and cook till its nicely done.
Taste it and add more honey if required.
Turn off the stove and allow it to cool down completely before adding it to the pie crust.

Step 4: Make the Pie:
Divide the pie dough into 2 parts. One  half for the bottom pie crust and the other half for the top layer.
Roll the pie dough on a dough smeared work surface as thin as about 1/4 inch.
Place it carefully on a pie pan.
Roll the other half of the pie dough same as above.
Use cookie cutters and make desired shapes. I chose animals/birds.
Apply egg wash on the top rim.
Stick the cut pie dough characters around the rim and follow the circular pattern and fill the central area also.
Apply egg wash on the top of the pie.
The Pie is now ready to be baked.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
Bake the pie for about 50 - 55 mins. Keep checking post 45mins so it does not burn.
For my pie, the sides starts browning faster, so I covered just the rim with alumium foil to prevent it from burning.


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