Though my new family is as American as apple pie, it was my mum’s apple tart that got voted dessert of the week when they came to visit us in Belfast. She says all you have to do is follow these instructions, but everyone suspects she’s adding a touch of je ne sais quoi that the rest of us will never quite manage.
Peel and cut the apples into slices, and place in a medium heat saucepan along with a tablespoon of water. Once the apples start to cook down, sweeten to taste and allow to cool.
Put butter, sugar and flour into mixer and slowly combine until it comes together (don’t over mix, or it will get too soft). Empty mixture on to floured work surface, divide in two and roll out to a thickness of about 5mm. Use the first half to line a lightly buttered pie tin (metal is best) and add the cooked apples. Place the second half of rolled out pastry on top and use a knife to cut round the tin, ensuring a nice round pie. Seal the edges using your thumb. Poke some holes (6 or so) in the top with a sharp knife
Cook at 180 celsius, until golden (approximately 30 minutes). Sprinkle some sugar on top once it’s out of the oven and then allow to cool before eating.