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Baked apple and custard pies

These are a clever cross between baked apples and apple pie. Once assembled, they will sit happily in the fridge for 3-4 hours: they’re the perfect prepare-ahead pud. 

  • Vegetarian

Ingredients

4 seasonal large apples, such as estivale, galmac, red windsor (or use envy or braeburn later in the year)

½ lemon, juice (optional)

100g fresh vanilla custard, plus extra to serve

1 tbsp Calvados brandy (optional)

plain flour, for dusting

100g sweet shortcrust pastry

1 egg white

2 tbsp granulated sugar

Method

1. Using a small, sharp knife, hollow out each apple as if you’re preparing a Halloween pumpkin for carving – cut out the core with a roughly 4cm-wide hole, but leave the base of the apple intact, so you’re left with a little ‘bowl’. If preparing ahead, brush the inside of the apple with lemon juice.

2. Whisk the custard with the Calvados, if using, and divide between the apples.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to about 3mm thick and, using a fluted biscuit cutter, stamp out 4 rounds that are wider than the holes at the top of the apple. Dampen the edges of the pastry with water and stick one onto the top of each apple, keeping the stalk poking out of the top. Add pastry leaves, securing with egg wash. Cover and chill until you’re ready to bake.

4. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Whisk the egg white until frothy, then brush onto the pastry. Sprinkle generously with the granulated sugar and sit the apples in a baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the pastry is golden, then serve, with more custard, if liked.

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  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,367kJ
325kcals
Fat 1.3g
Saturated Fat 5.3g
Carbohydrate 9g
Sugars 35.6g
Protein 4.9g
Salt 0.3g
Fibre 3.2g

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This recipe was first published in Thu Aug 28 11:03:00 BST 2014.