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Apple Brandy Mince Pie

When apple season hits, there’s no better way to celebrate than by making a pie. This recipe from The Grand Central Baking Book (Ten Speed Press 2009) by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson offers a delicious twist on traditional apple pie. The combination of apples, dried fruit, nuts and brandy makes it an instant holiday classic.

 

2 disks pie dough (homemade or premade shells)

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 lb. apples (about 2 large apples), peeled, cored and diced into 1⁄2-inch cubes

3/4 cup currants

3/4 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup brandy

1/2 cup apple cider

2 Tbsp. molasses

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. finely chopped lemon zest

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (combine 1/8 cup ground cinnamon, 1 Tbsp. ground ginger, 1/2 Tbsp. ground nutmeg, 1/2 Tbsp, ground cloves, and 1/2 Tbsp. ground allspice; stores for up to 3 months)

1/8 tsp. salt

 

Melt the butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring well to combine and evenly distribute the liquids and spices. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn down the heat to low, cover and simmer until the apples are soft, about 20 minutes. Let the mixture cool before pureeing half of it in a food processor or blender. Add the pureed portion back to the chunky mixture and chill completely before filling the pie.

 

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Roll out the dough and place in a pie pan, or pull out pre-made pie shells. Pour filling in pie shell and top with lattice. Bake for 30 minutes, then rotate the pan and lower the oven temperature to 350° F. Bake for 30 minutes more, until the crust is a rich golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Serves 8.

 

Reprinted with permission from The Grand Central Baking Book: Breakfast Pastries, Cookies, Pies, and Satisfying Savories from the Pacific Northwest’s Celebrated Bakery by Piper Davis with Ellen Jackson, copyright© 2009. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.”
Photo credit: John Valls © 2009

 

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