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Author Notes: I created this recipe for an apple pie contest at my local farm stand, but it did not win. Maybe it was too "outside the box" for an apple pie, but we thought it was delicious! Lemony, elderflower-y, with a rich, porky crust. Great at Thanksgiving since the lemon and St. Germaine have such delicate, light flavors. A nice departure from cinnamon-scented apple pies. —Sarah Blackburn
tablespoons cubed unsalted butter, very cold
tablespoons pastured pork lard, cubed, very cold
cups organic all-purpose flour
teaspoons kosher salt
tablespoons organic cane sugar
- In a food processor, blend the dry ingredients by pulsing. Add the butter and lard and pulse until mixture looks like coarse sand.
- Drizzle in some ice water, tablespoon by tablespoon, and pulse periodically, until dough comes together. Pour out onto a board.
- Divide into two equal parts, shape each part into a disk and wrap in plastic or parchment. Refrigerate 2 hours or more.
Pink Lady or Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin wedges
zest and juice of one organic lemon
cups organic cane sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
cup St Germaine or Saint Elder liqueur
tablespoons organic all-purpose flour
teaspoon kosher salt
teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
tablespoon whole milk
crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425°. Toss apples with lemon zest and juice, ¾ cup sugar, and liqueur. In another bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and nutmeg. Toss the apples with the dry ingredients and set aside.
- Roll out the bottom crust and settle it into a 9-inch pie dish. Pour in the apples and dot with the cubed butter. Roll out the top crust and lay over the apples. Tuck both crusts ‘ excess under the edge and crimp or flute the way you like it. Cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape, brush with the milk, and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon sugar.
- Bake pie (on a baking sheet to catch lard drippings) for 20 minutes, then reduce temperature to 400° and back an additional 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown and the filling is bubbling inside the crust. Cool before serving with crème fraiche or ice cream, if you like.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Thanksgiving Pie