1kg/2¼lb cooking (green) apples, peeled, cored and sliced
50g/2oz/4 tbsp caster (superfine)sugar plus extra to sprinkle
a good pinch of ground cinnamon
1 quantity sweet pastry
flour to dust
cream to serve
1 Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375°F/Gas 5.
2 Layer the apples and sugar in a large pie dish. Stud some of the apple slices with cloves and sprinkle with cinnamon.
3 Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a round 2.5cm/1in larger than the pie dish. Cut off a strip the width of the rim of the dish. Dampen the rim of the dish and press on the strip. Dampen the pastry strip and cover with the pastry circle, pressing the edges together well. Crimp the edge by pressing down on it with a damp fork. Make a slit in the centre to allow steam to escape.
4 Bake in the oven for 35–40 minutes until lightly browned. Sprinkle with sugar before serving with cream.