An early version of this pie once won Sunset reader Elaine E. Johnson of McKinleyville, California, an apple tree in a local contest. She's still baking for her pie-loving husband, and this version, with cardamom and candied ginger as well as the usual cinnamon, is one of their favorites.
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Open up 1 pastry disk into a 9-in. pie pan, easing it into place without stretching.
2. Combine apples with remaining ingredients and pour into prepared pie pan.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll remaining pastry disk into a 12-in. circle. Carefully place pastry over fruit and gently fold under edge of bottom crust, flush with rim of pan. Flute edge of pastry; or with a fork, press crusts together to seal. With a sharp knife, cut a few decorative steam holes in top crust.
4. Bake until crust is browned and filling is bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool at least 2 1/2 hours.