Okay, I'm going to let you into a secret. I rarely make my own pastry.  Unless I've got some really super-special occasion, or sophisticated recipe, I always buy supermarket chilled or frozen pastry. Feel free to tut at me. But doing this allows me to bake pies which I probably certainly wouldn't do as often if I had to make the pastry from scratch. But I do make a good pie. And one of my favourites is an all-American favourite.

The recipe that follows might appear a bit vague. A bit odd even, but trust me, it works.

Enough pastry to make one deep pie in a nine inch pie pan.

Four eating apples - I use a mix

1 tablespoon of plain flour

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 ounce of butter

Preheat the oven to GM 7  or 200 Celsius.

Roll out the pastry and line the pie pan.

Chop the apples into 1 cm cubes, making sure to remove seeds, core and stem as you do this. Place the apple into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and toss the apples in it. Sprinkle the cinnamon, flour and sugar and mix well. Carefully tip the seasoned apples into the pie shell and spread evenly. Then, either cover the pie with another layer of pastry and crimp, or decorate it with pastry leaves, flowers etc, before placing it in  the oven for around 40 minutes, but keeping an eye that the pastry does not overcook.