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Gooey Apple Pie

Posted: September 15, 2010 | Author: Bakezilla | Filed under: Bakezilla | 1 Comment »

I love holidays. They’re a perfect excuse for baking things to give to people. Which is the best part of baking. So, here’s a recipe for a very gooey apple pie I made for Rosh Hashanah. It’s a little different from what I usually make because it has a gooey glaze (sort of gelatin-ey) on top, and a thin, cookie like crust. If I were to do it again, I’d use less of the glaze, and more cheese and apples. Also, explore a flakier type crust. But it was good, and sweet, and used the traditional Rosh Hashanah apples and honey. And, of course, change is good.

The crust:
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 3 to 4 tbs water

Preheat the oven to 375. Cut together the butter and flour (with a pastry cutter or food processor). Stir in the almonds. Add in the water and mix until it forms a dough. Roll the dough out on a floured surface (it will be rather thin) and gently put it in a standard 9-inch pie pan. Make a nice edge. Pierce it with a fork. Put a piece of foil on top, and then sprinkle 2 cups or so of dried beans onto it. Bake 15 minutes. Remove the foil and beans. Bake for another 15. Allow it to cool and shut off the oven.

The Apple part of the filling:
- 1 1/2 cups port or dessert wine
- cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
- 3 large peeled thinly sliced apples (a tart variety, I used Granny Smiths)
- 1/3 cup honey
- a pinch of salt

Combine the first four ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Toss the cinnamon stick. Strain, reserving both the liquid and the apples. Stir the honey into the liquid.

The Cheese Filling
- 6 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 almond extract
- 2 tbs honey
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Combine all ingredients, beating until smooth. Spread it into the crust.

Put the apples over the cheese filling.

Make the glaze:
Take 1 1/2 cups of the reserved cooking liquids, put it into a small saucepan, whisk in 2 tbs cornstarch, and whisk as you bring it to a boil. Turn down the heat, and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour it over the apples.

Let the pie cool, then chill it in the fridge.

One Comment on “Gooey Apple Pie”

  1. 1 Joh said at 6:33 pm on September 16, 2010:

    ‘Zilla! This pie looks beautiful!!! I’ve been wanting to experiment with a really Yankee version of an apple pie, with sharp white cheddar in the crust for my dad. I definitely think experimenting with the old favorites is a good thing. At the very least, you can go back and say, “Y’know what, I like the old way best” if it’s a flop. ;)

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