Spiced apple slice
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- 750 g (1 lb 10 oz) green apples
- 75 g (2 1/2 oz/ 1/3 cup) sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 125 g (4 1/2 oz/1 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
- 125 g (4 1/2 oz/1 cup) self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves, extra
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 150 g (5 1/2 oz) butter
- 125 g (4 1/2 oz/1/2 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed
- 1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar, extra
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, extra
1. Brush a 20 × 30 cm (8 × 12 inch) shallow tin with oil. Line the base with baking paper and grease the paper. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Peel, core and slice the apples and put in a saucepan with the sugar, cloves and lemon juice. Stir over low heat to warm. Cover and simmer, stirring often, for 20 minutes, or until soft. Remove from the heat, drain and cool.
2. Sift the flours with the extra cloves and the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat thoroughly. Fold in the flour in batches. If the mixture is too dry, add a little milk. Knead gently on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide in half, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
3. Roll out one portion of pastry to fit the base of the tin. Spread with apple filling. Place the second pastry sheet on top of the filling and press down gently.
4. Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with the extra sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave for 15 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack to cool.