Apple pie

It's really easy to stop at your local supermarket and pick up a ready-made dessert, but there's something extra special about a good "pie", as the Americans call it, that has been made from scratch. It's not even that difficult! Apple pie is one of our favourites here at Club and we think this is the perfect treat for when you have visitors. A slice of pie with a dollop of cream or ice cream – heaven!

For the crumble
175g flour
115g castor sugar
115g margarine or butter

For the filling
400g cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered
50g sugar, to sweeten
1 tbsp water
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
2. Put the apples into a pan with the sugar and water. Cook over a low heat for five minutes and place in a small ovenproof dish.
3. Place the flour in a bowl. Cut the margarine or butter in to small cubes and add this to the flour. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture.
4. Add the sugar and mix through.
5. Cover the apples with the crumble mixture and bake for about 20 minutes until the crumble is golden and the apple hot.
8. Serve with cream, custard or ice cream.


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