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Provencal apple and walnut pie
This dessert tastes delicious served warm from the oven and topped with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream.

2 egg whites
½ cup superfine (caster) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup all-purpose (plain) flour
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup peeled and diced apple

PREHEAT the oven to 180°C/350°F and lightly grease a pie plate. MIX the eggs, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and cinnamon in a bowl until well combined. MIX in the flour until well blended, then stir in the walnuts and apples. POUR the mixture into the prepared pie plate and bake for 30 minutes. SERVE cut in wedges topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Variations: replace the chopped apples with other soft fruit like berries, apricots or peaches. Use other chopped nuts like hazelnuts or almonds instead of walnuts. This pie also tastes great served with custard.

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