I love this pie. To me, it is perfect. I’ve been making it for as long as I can remember, and my mum requests it every year for her birthday. I, of course, happily oblige. It was her birthday over the weekend, and I made it for her again. The house smelt amazing while it was baking, like cinnamon and apples and buttery pastry. Like home.

The crust is rich, crumbly, buttery and thick. The apples in this pie are cut into chunks, slightly sweetened and stewed with cinnamon until they are softened slightly but still hold their shape. You don’t want them too mushy or too hard. And I love the lattice crust. I think it looks beautiful, and I prefer it to an entire layer of pastry over my pie. It is sprinkled with sugar before baking which gives it a little crunch. Serve it warm, with a spoonful of double cream. It’s delicious. X