Apple Florentine

Course : Fruits
Serves: 4 - 6
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1 Pound Cooking apples, prepared weight
4 Ounces Sugar
1 medium Grated zest of 1 large lemon
10 Ounces Ale
1 dash Grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 whole Cloves

Preparation / Directions:

Use a very deep pie dish, approximately 8 inches in diameter. Heat the ale and 1 ounce of the sugar, stirring to dissolve, remove from heat and add the cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon; leave to infuse for 2 hours. Wipe quarter and core the apples and place in the pie dish. Sprinkle over the 3 ounces sugar and grated lemon zest. Pour over the ale infusion. Roll out a good thickness of puff pastry to make a lid. Moisten the edge of the dish to get a good seal. Crimp edges and decorate as a desired. Bake in a preheated oven, 400F, Gas 6, 200C for 30 minutes, then reduce to 350F, Gas 4, 180C for a further 30 minutes. Allow to cool a little beefore serving with custard, or cream, or greek yoghurt, or ice cream or clotted cream!

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