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Apple Florentine Pie

ingredients

200 g (8 oz) shortcrust pastry
grated rind of 1 large lemon
1 pint (600 ml) light ale
pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg
6 large cooking (tart) apples
3 level tablespoons honey orcastor sugar
1 clove

method

1. This pie is made in a deep pie dish with a covering crust.

2. Wash, peel and core the apples and cut into rings 2 cm (1 in) thick.

3. Arrange these in a deep pie dish.

4. Add the lemon rind and two-thirds of the honey or sugar to the apples.

5. Grease the edge of the dish, roll out the pastry.

6. Attach a strip of pastry around the edge of the dish, dampen and fix on the lid.

7. Seal, decorate and glaze.

8. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes at 200°C, 400°F, mark 6, then reduce the heat to 180°C, 300°F, mark 4 and bake for a further 20 minutes.

9. Heat the ale with the rest of the honey and the spices until hot but not boiling.

10. When the pie is cooked cut a hole in the crust and pour the mulled ale over the apples.

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