Lucky Apple Pie via Smitten Kitchen

This is Smitten Kitchen’s apple pie, scaled down ever so slightly to fit my 23 cm (9 inch) pie tin. I used 5 medium eating apples that were a mix of Russets, Royal Gala, and Pink Lady varieties that my parents brought back from a trip to Kent –fortuitous, because they are also good baking apples!

My local shop didn’t have any nutmeg or allspice; the closest I could find was mixed spice. In the end, this was also quite lucky. Mixed spice, in British cooking, refers to a particular combination of ground cassia or cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, possibly others. Mine had cassia, coriander seed, caraway, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. I kept the main spoonful of cinnamon and added a little mixed spice for dimension, hoping that it wouldn’t turn out like a large and strange mince pie, but the result was a delight: it’s warm and fragrant in just the right way.

I’m taking half of the pie to my parents tomorrow. Let’s hope that there won’t be an accident where I inhale the slices as I wander past the kitchen…

Hello, handsome.

ETA 15/10/12: the full recipe is up on MouthLondon.

One thought to “Lucky Apple Pie via Smitten Kitchen”

  1. Hello,

    Your pie looks fantastic, I love the big unruly ring of pastry round the edge, it just looks so tantalising! I was wondering if you’d like to enter this recipe into our Gourmandize Giveaway recipe competition. This month the theme is apples so it would be perfect, and there are nice prizes to win – let me know what you think:

    http://www.gourmandize.co.uk/article-1-recipe-competition-for-the-best-apple-recipe.htm

    Regards,

    Laurence

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