This apple pie with spiced wholemeal pastry is a reminder of my childhood and inspired by my mum's cooking. Fruit pies are such a comfort food and this healthier one is low in sugar and makes a delicious family friendly dessert.
Put the apples in a saucepan with a little water and simmer until the apples are soft but still hold their shape. Don't let them boil dry. Add a splash of water if it looks like the pan might get too dry. Add a little agave nectar if they are not sweet enough.
Put the apples in the bottom of a greased pie dish.
Make the pastry by putting the flour, mixed spice and butter in a food processor and blending until it looks like breadcrumbs. Alternatively rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips.
Turn the mixture out onto a work surface and add a couple of tablespoons of cold water from the fridge. Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a ball of pastry.
Wrap the pastry in cling film and put in the fridge to rest for about 20 minutes.
Put a little flour on the work surface and roll the pastry out until it's the right size and shape to cover the pie. The pastry will be very crumbly and difficult to work with without it breaking up but this is also what gives it its light crumbly texture after it's cooked.
Make a couple of cuts on top of the pie so the steam can escape and then bake the pie in the oven at 180°C for about 20-25 minutes.
Let the pie cool for about 15 minutes before serving with ice cream. Or yogurt.
Nutritional information is approximate and a guideline only.