The mid-morning snack or afternoon tea is one of those times of the day that is particularly enjoyable, especially for hungry children. How to make something that is really delicious and appealing to youngsters, and yet also something healthy and homemade, is one of the most compelling challenges for those who want to treat their young charges to a special snack. That’s why today we have dusted off one of those recipes that never fails to please - the apple pie, a classic that comes all the way from America, or more precisely from New England. There’s nothing for it, then, except to get hold of some top quality apples and some cinnamon, and all the rest you’ll do with your hands. Admit it, just the idea of that aroma wafting through your house, so redolent of Christmas - you can’t wait to make your pie!
Prepare a shortcrust pastry, working the flour with the butter and ice water, and adding a pinch of salt. Shape it into a ball, wrap it in cling film and let rest for half an hour. Meanwhile, slice the apples, sprinkle them with lemon juice, and add the grated lemon zest, cinnamon and sugar. Roll out the pastry into two circles, fill one with the apples, and, using the prongs of a fork, seal well with the other pastry circle. If you have any pastry left over, make some decorations for the top of the pie. Brush with milk or egg yolk in order to get a lovely golden brown colour after baking. Bake at 200°C for 20 minutes and then at 180°C for another 40 minutes.