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Apple is an autumn fruit in many varieties, with great nutritional value having beneficial properties with antioxidants, fibers and vitamins. We can enjoy them as a fruit, in a salad, take its juice, make jam, caramelize it, eat it or make a nice apple pie.

It is cultivated in mountain ranges since it is a mountain fruit and grows in a cool environment. Sofia Dermitzakis, a young girl from my village, is currently a student at the TEI of Crete School of Construction, and she is also working in their family-owned business producing pastry products, cheese pies and wild green pies in the village. She loves the village as it is a vibrant place with a lot of young people working and dreaming about their future. She earns money by doing her own share of the job and seems to enjoy her life in a place that offers many opportunities to young people, despite the difficulties of today.
In her spare time she is also involved in the kitchen and she has learned many secrets from her mother, Yanna, one of the best housewives in our village. Pick the best apples and make a nice apple pie. You can enjoy it whatever time or season. Every time I visit her, she has a piece of apple pie and an afternoon Greek coffee ready. So now we will enjoy the apple pie recipe of young Sofia Dermitzakis from Kavousi.

For the dough:
250g butter
450g of self raising flour
2 vanilla essences
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar

For the filling:
3 big apples or 4 small apples
1/2 sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
80g walnuts
Juice of half a lemon

Clean and cut the apples, pour on the juice from the lemon so they do not turn black. Cut into small pieces and then sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar, mix and set aside.
In a bowl, put the butter, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix. Finally add the self raising flour and knead. The dough needs to be soft. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.
Spread the half by hand to cover a buttered mold 25cm in diameter. Apply the apples you have prepared and grate the other half of the dough on top.
Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees. Allow to cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Good luck!!!