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Apple Pie with Flaky Fillo Crust

December 8, 2010

serves 6-8 

6 Cups of Cortland apples cut into 1/8 inch slices

2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice 

3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons of sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon of sea salt

2 tablespoons of cornstarch

2 teaspoons of grated ginger

2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter

1/4 cup of toasted pine nuts or walnuts

1/2 cup white raisins or currants

4 tablespoons of Cointreau liquor  or Leroux Tripple sec can be substituted

 1/16th teaspoon of Habanero powder (optional)


 Fillo Pie Crust

 20 sheets of fillo dough 1 package of Athens Fillo sheets

1/2 cup of melted unsalted butter 

pastry brush

1 nine-inch pie pan

 Preheat oven to 375 for ten minutes

 In a small bowl heat currants in Cointreau, in microwave on high for 1 minute and set aside for ten minutes until soft

 In a large mixing bowl add apples, sugar, salt, corn starch, ginger, lemon, nutmeg,  Habanero powder,cinnamon, butter, nuts and mix thoroughly

Add currants and liquid to apple mixture, blend and set aside



 Prepare pie

 Butter pie plate

Separate individual leaf of fillo and set into dish, coat each leaf with butter before adding next leaf. Do this for 7-10 layers

 Fillo  sheets should overlap the pie dish sides

Add pie filling

Take ends of fillo and fold into middle of pie

Next, cover top of pie with a two layers of fillo. Lightly brushing with butter and repeat another sheet so pie is covered in fillo

Fold fillo under inside dish, enclosing apple mixture in fillo

Press your hand in middle of pie slightly creating an indent in middle

Cut remaining fillo into quarter sheets with a sharp knife. or scissors

Place individual squares of fillo in center of pie but slightly overlap squares. Brush butter sparingly on these remaining sheets

For the last 2 -3 sheets of fillo crumble lightly in the palm of your hand like a tissue and place in center of pie.

 Bake on middle rack of oven for 50-60 minutes

NOTE:  Fillo  crust done this way,will cook to form leaves and if done right, pie crust cooks and opens to look like a rose

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or a dusting of powdered sugar

 Tip: Have all ingredients set up and ready for making crust, fillo dries quickly