A pie to be damn proud of,
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
To make the pastry, sift the flour, sugar and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Add the softened butter and mix together (in a blender, with a fork, or by hand) until fully, but coarsely, combined. Slowly add the iced water, bit by bit, stirring until the dough begins to firm up. Go on instinct here — add
Now make the apple filling. Put the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and salt into a bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl toss your slices of apple with the lemon juice, then gradually add the sugar and flour mixture and mix well with a metal spoon until the apple is nicely coated with sugar and spices.
Lightly flour a clean, smooth work surface. Take the dough and roll it out into a
Fill the pie dish with your spiced apple pieces, and fold the excess dough up and over the filling. Don’t worry if it looks higgledy-piggledy. Brush the top with melted butter or beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar.
Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are a tender, treacle-and-spice delight. Serve with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.
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