Maida Heatter's Free-Form Apple Pie

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READY IN: 1hr 45mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  • Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add water and toss with a fork until pastry holds together.
  • Shape pastry into a ball and flatten into a disk.
  • Wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Melt butter in a 12" skillet over medium heat.
  • Increase heat to high and add sugar and brandy.
  • Stir in apples and cover and cook 3 minutes, stirring apples twice.
  • Uncover and add raisins and cook apples, stirring until tender and liquid evaporates, about 6 minutes more.
  • Cool apples completely.
  • Stir in nuts.
  • Heat oven to 425.
  • Meanwhile, on a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a 14 inch circle.
  • Transfer pastry to a large cookie sheet.
  • Arrange apples on pastry, leaving a 2 to 2 1/2 inch border around the edge.
  • Fold edge of pastry over apples.
  • The pie shell should be about 9 inches in diameter.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 400 and bake 30 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
  • Melt preserves through a sieve into a cup.
  • Drizzle over filling.
  • Cool on cookie sheet.
  • Transfer to serving platter when cool.
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