You know when you have a inexplicable influx of a certain thing and you feel the need to get rid of them. Right now I'm in the middle of this cull with apples. I realise they look innocent, pretty and even decorative in the photo. Romantic sensibilities get thrust aside when they start to ferment, deteriorate and generally take up space that you don't have. This is exacerbated by the fact that my husband suffers from rubbish guilt-- he really hates throwing food out. But even if you weren't facing an unwanted apple invasion, this pie is beautiful. Apple and pecan pie. It's healed my bruised relationship with apples.
Steve's Apple and Pecan Pie:
3 large apples, chopped into small pieces
2-3 generous handfuls of sultanas
4 tablespoons syrup or honey (Steve used rosehip syrup that I'd made but any I'm sure will have the sweet effect)
pastry case or make your own pastry if you're more noble or skilled than I sometimes have the patience for
1 tbsp of brown sugar to sprinkle over the top
3-4 handfuls whole pecans or however much you want to decorate the pie
1. Stew apples, sultanas, sugar and spices over low heat for about 10-15 minutes so they're softened. Add water so they don't burn as you're cooking them.
2. Spoon mixture into pastry crust. Sprinkle brown sugar to give it some dazzle.
3. Decorate with pecans.
4. Bake for about 25 minutes at 360/180 C/gas mark 5.
5. Eat and feel righteous.