Spice Things Up With Rachel Weisz’s Apple Pie Recipe

Happy Birthday, Rachel Weisz! The Oscar-winning film star and Olivier Award-winning theater actress turns 44 today. How will Narciso Rodriguez’s muse be celebrating the big day? We imagine she’ll have a quiet night in with hubby Daniel Craig. The notoriously private New York couple’s had quite the year, starring alongside one another as adulterous spouses in the Broadway version of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

Betrayal tells a tale of “existential dread and the vagaries of memory” by steadily going backwards in time, steadily revealing how one once-loving couple degraded into their current state of deceit and disconnection. Ultimately, the audience sees how it all began: with Robert (Daniel Craig’s character) deliberately muting his reaction to his best friend Jerry’s obvious attraction to Emma, Robert’s new wife. Emma (Weisz) takes this as a sign of apathy and, in her dismay and loneliness, turns to Jerry for affection, and it all unravels from there. The play met with stellar reviews and both thespians received wide acclaim for their convincing performances, but fortunately Craig and Weisz have little in common with their former on-stage personas.

What’s their secret to a happy, Betrayal-free marriage? Unplugging, especially in the bedroom. In an interview with Telegraph, Craig revealed: “There’s nothing technological allowed in the bedroom. If the iPad goes to bed, I mean, unless you’re watching porn on the internet, it’s a killer. We have a ban on it.” (Here, here.) Moreover, “I think finding the right person and being with the right person is probably the answer to most things,” says Craig. It appears you’ve learned your lesson, 007.

Looking to add some flavor to your day to day? Rather than turning to your partner’s best friend for some excitement, take a page out of Weisz’s (and Martha Stewart’s) recipe book and whip up the celebrities’ spiced apple pie with fluted round cutouts. With overlapping disks of pate brisée topping this flavorful take on an old favorite, it’s sure to catch your eye, pique your appetite and renew your love of the tried-and-true dessert.

Rachel and Martha’s Spiced Apple Pie with Fluted Round Cutouts

Pate Brisée
4 pounds Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy cream