Fresh From The Oven: Easy As Apple Pie

Is there anything more satisfying than a homemade dish, fresh from the oven? While the chill is settling in, we’ll be celebrating the most iconic (and tasty) journey — from oven to table. Think dinner to dessert and all the trimmings; these are the kind of recipes that call for sociable crowds with empty bellies. First of all, we thought we’d bake up a classic comforter: a warm apple pie.

Serves 8

What you’ll need
  • 2 9-inch pie crust rounds (store-bought or your favourite pie crust recipe)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 6-8 large, firm baking apples
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
How it’s made
  1. Preheat oven to 218°C/425°F/Gas Mark 6. Line a 9-inch pie plate with one of the pastry dough rounds, using a cup to press dough into the edges of the pie plate.
  2. Mix the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and flour in a large bowl. Peel, core and slice apples then toss in the sugar mixture, coating the apples well.
  3. Pile coated apples into the dough-lined pan, dot with butter and drizzle with honey.
  4. Roll out a 9-inch top crust and drape it over the pie. Crimp edges with fingers and cut vents in the top using a sharp knife.
  5. Mix egg white and water together and apply with pastry brush to the top crust for a golden finish. Place pie in oven and bake at 218°C/425°F/Gas Mark 6 for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 177°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and bake 30-40 minutes more or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.

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