Apple Pie with Samosa Pattis (or Wonton wrappers)

Baking in India is a challenge. It is highly upsetting to walk into the best of markets and not find all the gorgeous bakeware and baking ingredients that the great bakers of the world blog about. Just last week, I went to La Moulde or Arife as it is more popularly known, the only baking supplies store at Crawford Market to find that they do not stock the following:

  • Any manner of chip/button apart from dark chocolate (there ARE other kinds?)
  • Copper cookie cutters/pans (too much to ask for)
  • Fondants (eh?)
  • Ready sugar flowers/decorations (yeah, right)

Let’s not even get started on ready-rolled or frozen pastry. And given the fact that I do not have the time or energy to make pastry dough from scratch given a certain somebody’s growing energy levels and expanding geographies, I usually end up not making pies and suchlike much as I love them.
But what does one do when the craving for apple pie absolutely insists on striking? You dig into your trusty freezer and pull out a pack of samosa pattis (strips). Evil, anti-baking Indian market, I’m going to take you down with these.

I have used samosa strips on a previous occasion to make the dish that the strips were actually manufactured for—samosas. But today, I knew they would transform themselves to what I wanted them to be—an apple pie (apple lasagna, actually)! I was not disappointed at all. The crisp outer layer of my improvised flaky pastry revealed a perfectly soft and flavorsome inside. I was so impressed, I served myself a portion and did not even bother to spoon on some cream. But then, I’ve got the rest of the pan to myself. (Evil laughter)

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 samosa strips (or as required)
  • 3 apples of choice (I only had red delicious), peeled an thinly sliced
  • 4-5 dates, deseeded and chopped
  • A handful of golden raisins
  • A squirt of lemon
  • About 1 tbsp. (or as per taste) sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • A sprinkling of powdered or castor sugar
  • ½ tsp. grated cinnamon

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
  2. Grease a rectangular oven-proof dish. I used a small ceramic dish measuring about 4 inches by 8 inches.
  3. Place the apples with the lemon juice (to keep the apples from oxidizing and to retain color) and sugar in a heavy-bottomed pan and allow to cook down.
  4. Add the dates and golden raisins when just about done.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the cinnamon.
  6. Line the bottom of the dish with a single layer of samosa strips. If a bit of the strips come out of the pan, let them; they can be folded back in for the second layer.
  7. Spoon some of the apple mixture onto the strips and fold the excess strips onto the mixture.
  8. Cover completely with another layer of strips.
  9. Continue process until the mixture is over and you have a layer of samosa strips on the top.
  10. Brush this with the lightly beaten egg and place another couple of strips—this is what will yield the flaky pastry effect.
  11. Finally, brush the top with the egg and sprinkle some powdered/caster sugar—this is what will give you that warm, caramelized effect.
  12. Place in the pre-heated oven for about 20 mins. or until the top is crisp and golden.
  13. Serve warm or cold, with or without cream/vanilla ice-cream.
  14. Pat yourself on the back for having beaten the non-baking Indian market. As if they care.

Comments (20)

  1. Nandita March 3, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Hey,
    If you like apple pie, then make yourself a crumble!! Almost as good and no pastry! that's what I make everytime I feel like a good old slice of americana. 🙂 in india especially, it's super yum and super easy 🙂

  2. simply.food March 3, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Thankyou for dropping by simply.food your visits and comments are very much appreciated. You have awonderful space, will definately drop by again.

  3. Saee Koranne-Khandekar March 3, 2011 at 4:36 am

    @Nandu: Hmm. Frankly, I don't like the texture of the crumbly bits on top. 🙁 It is definitely easy, though–I have to agree!
    @simply.food: Thank you! 🙂

  4. Paaka Shaale March 3, 2011 at 6:20 am

    That's a superb recipe Saee.. Mouthwatering and Tempting 🙂

  5. Paaka Shaale March 3, 2011 at 6:21 am

    That's a superb recipe Saee.. Mouthwatering and Tempting 🙂

  6. Sharmi March 3, 2011 at 7:50 am

    looks so yum! very nice recipe:)

  7. Anjali March 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

    This is a super idea Saee! More than a lasagne it reminded me of Baklava! Delicious.

  8. Jay March 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Hy,
    chanced upon your space while blog hopping…very interesting space you have with fab recipe collections.
    happy to follow u..
    do drop by mine sometime..
    Tasty appetite

  9. Sayantani March 3, 2011 at 10:33 am

    same here. I also thought of baklava…looks delicious.
    between please send me your e mail id to loop you in Arusuvai Friendship Chain. thanks

  10. Saee Koranne-Khandekar March 4, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Baklava! Now why did I not think of that earlier! I've got some samosa strips left, ahem.

  11. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) March 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Lovely take on apple pie! no pastry. what a great idea!

  12. Aparna March 7, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Sk, homemade shortcrust pastry is your answer. It's easy as …pie!!

  13. Kitchen Flavours March 9, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Wow.,..that sounds yum and looks appetizing…..

  14. saffronstreaks March 11, 2011 at 2:14 am

    loved your recipe of apple pie. and true it is really difficult in India to get the savoury bake items,
    hopped t your blog for the first time
    you have a lovely space
    see u soon

  15. Rajani@eatwritethink March 23, 2011 at 5:39 am

    yea saee… baking in india could be a nightmare and i guess one really has to improvise a lot. i would recommend passionateaboutbaking.com deeba's blog she's based in delhi but makes a lot of stuff at home and loads of baking recipes out there. you should try and find out where pro bakers and cafes source their stuff from you can introduce yourself as a foodblogger! excellent idea to use samosa strips thought!

  16. Harini June 7, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I like the improvised puff pastry, Saee! Great idea. Will use it in one of my recipes too:). That pie looks delicious. Sadly both my children don't share my affinity for apple pies:(.

  17. smita October 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I would also recommend passionateaboutbaking.com or thepurplefoodie for tips on baking in india. Also try zansaar.com or gourmetco.in for fancy ingredients and bakeware!

    Smita

  18. Smita October 3, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I am sorry, while browsing on my phone I didn’t even see whose blog I was commenting on! And that too some 18 months late! You are a defining memner of the GourmetCo 😀
    Hugs,
    Smita

  19. Namratha July 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Hey. Your recipes look really delicious and I want to try them. But I have a problem, there’s no oven in my house. And I don’t know which one to buy. So please help me out 🙁
    Thank you!

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