Peel, core and cut apples into thin slices. Place in pan with water and boil with lid on until tender. Do not stir during the cooking.
(Back comes another memory of Heather – she did exactly what Miss Haughton said not to do: she lifted her saucepan lid several times, too much steam escaped and the apples consequently burned on the bottom of the pan. The straw that broke Miss Haughton’s back was when she realized that it was her very best pan that Heather had been using too. Poor old Heather copped it again.)
Back to the Method: Beat the cooked apples until smooth and sweeten to taste. Place in a greased pie dish.
Place self raising flour and salt into a bowl and rub margarine into it until like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Sprinkle over the fruit but don’t press down solid.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for about half an hour.