Apple Cinnamon Pies

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Apple Cinnamon Pie as an alternative to mince pies

I love apples, they are so versatile. This apple pie is ideal for those who do not enjoy mince pies or do not like dried fruit. Do make your own pastry as it makes a difference and this is a foolproof recipe; the elasticity of the consistency does not tear, is easy to manipulate and sticks together without an egg wash.

For a Cinnamon Pie Crust will need:

4 cups sifted plain flour
1 cup margarine
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
Pinch salt
2 spoons sugar
Cold Water

Rub the butter into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the spices, sugar and salt. Add cold water. As you can see I did not put a measurement as readers here come from all over the world and the water content required depends very much on the weather and environment of where you live. You start by adding three spoons, working into the dough and then add a spoon at a time until you get a perfectly formed dough. Do not over-knead. Bring the dough together and cover. Place in the fridge for at least half an hour.

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In the meantime, make the filling.

6 to 10 apples thinly sliced, skin on, depending on how deep you want the pie
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
(you can also reduce the sugar content and increase the honey)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl

Cut the dough into two and roll out the first piece.
Grease a pie dish and line it with the rolled out dough.
Roll out the second piece and place on top of the filling .
Trim the edges then tuck in top edge of pastry under the lower piece. Press and flute.
bake in a preheated oven at 150 C for around 45 minutes but do check it from time to time.

Remove from oven. Dip a pastry brush into some melted butter and brush the surface very lightly. Dust with sifted icing sugar.

Serve alone, hot or cold or accompanied with cream or custard. This is simple home made food at it’s very best 🙂

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