1.Start by preheating the oven to 350F degrees
2.Invert a heavy china cup or custard cup in the center of a baking dish, 2 or 3 inches deep.
3.Line sides of dish with pastry, letting it extend a little above the dish.
4.Do not line the bottom with pastry.
5.Pare and core apples and cut into slices.
6.Add sugar, spice and water and dot with butter.
7.Cover apples with pastry, slash the top to let steam escape and pinch edges of pastry together.
8.Bake in very hot oven (450Â° F.) for 10 minutes; reduce temperature to 350Â° F and bake 45 minutes longer.
9.When serving, slip the knife under cup to let the confined juice mix with apples.