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Phil Vickery’s Lancashire Cheese & Bramley Apple Pie

Preparation Time
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves: 8

1 x 500g ready-made dessert pastry (rolled out into 2 discs to fit tin)
5 large Bramley apples (1kg), peeled and roughly chopped, not too small
50g unsalted butter
2 tbsp soft brown sugar
Pinch or two of black pepper
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp allspice
250g thinly sliced Lancashire cheese
2 tsp fresh chopped sage
1 lightly beaten egg

You will need a 24cm pie tin

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  1. Pre heat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.
  2. Heat a saucepan then add the butter and melt.
  3. Add the chopped apples, sugar, black pepper and spices, and then cook until the slices begin to soften.
  4. Line a loose bottomed baking dish with one of the discs of pastry.
  5. Lay the cheese and fresh sage in the base of the dish.
  6. Fill with the thick apple stew and then lightly egg the lip of the pastry dish.
  7. Top with the other disc of pastry. Trim the edges and crimp them to seal and make a steam hole in centre. Egg well.
  8. Place in the pre heated oven and cook for 35-40 minutes or until well golden.
  9. Cool slightly before serving.
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