Spiced Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust, Madeira-soaked Currants, Pickled Figs, and Caramelized Walnuts

by Laura on October 21, 2010

I know, another apple pie.  And on the heels of an apple pie.  But I had another peck of apples, and a visitor who loves apple pie, and, just in case you’ve also eaten your fill of rather plain jane apple pies this fall, I thought I would fancy up a pie with some interesting autumnal flavors.  The results are a rich pie with grown up appeal; it’s warm from the spirits and the spices in the pickled figs, and the candied walnuts add depth and a nice texture against the luscious sautéed apples.  The cheddar balances the sweetness of the pie and adds a little salty bite.  It’s kind of a winning combination.

Serving  Suggestions
This pie would be delicious napped in vanilla custard, with a pour of heavy cream with a high butterfat content, a scoop of ice cream, or a thick slice of aged cheddar.  Apple pie is best served the day it is baked.  You may warm it in a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes if you wish to serve it warm.

Music for pie baking with Minnesota apples:
Peter Ostroushko, Minneapolis fiddle and mandolin player
Heart of the Heartland
Minnesota: A History of the Land

    { 6 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Kris Jacobson October 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Beautiful. And what a lovely idea to include a music link.

    2 physical therapist November 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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    3 Laura November 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you so much!

    4 Ron Tedwater November 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for the post

    5 Rhonda Weise November 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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    6 Laura November 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Oh, thank you so much!

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