good ole fashioned flavors…


This is also a really good holiday dessert to not only serve, but to bring for any
work party or seasonal gathering. It is filled with all those familiar flavors that
remind us of special holiday seasons gone by. The crunchy, nutty topping
replacing a traditional pastry is such a fun twist on apple pie.



Spiced Almonds & Walnuts:

1/3  c. water
¼ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 c. sugar
½ tsp. ground cloves
1 c. sliced almonds
1 tbsp. Karo™ syrup
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c. chopped walnuts
½ tsp. kosher salt

Combine water, sugar, Karo™ syrup, salt, ginger, cloves and cinnamon in a small saucepan; bring
to a boil and then cook for  1 minute. Add vanilla and fold in almonds and walnuts. Spread on a
jelly roll pan and let cool.

1 ½ c. flour
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ c. plus 1 tsp. shortening
5 tbsp. ice water.

Whisk flour and salt together in a medium-size bowl. Cut in shortening with a
pastry blender  until  pieces  are  the  size  of  small peas. Gently add ice water and mix to form a
soft ball of pastry dough.Lightly flour a solid surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll pastry  out
to form a thin layer. Fold pastry in half and place in a deep 10-inch  pie  dish.  Open  pastry  and
press gently to evenly line the pie dish. Press edges of dough along top of the pie dish; cut the
top edge of pastry to remove excess.

Apple Filling:
4 lg. Granny Smith apples
¼ c. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground ginger
4 lg. Fuji apples
½ c. flour
½ c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400°. Wash and peel apples. Using a cheese or potato slicer, cut apples into
thin slices. In a large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together. Toss in apples and coat evenly with
mixture. Place apples in pastry-lined pie pan. Slice butter into pieces and dot evenly over apple filling.
Top pie with spiced nuts and bake in oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve
warm by scooping out each serving and top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream”

Excerpt From: Michelle Huxtable. “The Gathering of Friends.” iBooks.

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