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       Title: Apple-Almond Deep-Dish Pie
  Categories: Fruits, Pies
       Yield: 8 Servings
            *****almond crust*****
   1 1/2 c  Flour
       2 tb Sugar
     1/2 ts Salt
     1/4 c  Almonds; fine-ground
     1/4 c  Unsalted butter, cold; cut i
     1/4 c  Solid vegetable shortening -
     1/8 ts Almond extract
       2 tb Cold milk; or as needed
       8 c  Apples; sliced and peeled
     1/2 c  Sugar
       3 tb Unsalted butter; cut in bits
       3 tb Cider, applejack, or brandy
            Cream; optional
   Recipe by: From The Farmers' Market - ISBN 1. ALMOND CRUST: In a mixing
   bowl or food processor, cut together the flour, sugar, salt, ground
   almonds, butter, and shortening until crumbled to the size of peas. Mix the
   almond extract with 1 Tbs of the milk; stir this into the crumbled mixture.
   Add just enough additional cold milk to hold the dough together. Gather the
   dough into a ball; flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill at least
   1 hour. 2. FILLING: In a mixing bowl, toss together the apple slices,
   sugar, and butter. Transfer the mixture to a deep 9 1/2-inch pie dish,
   mounding the apples in the center. 3. Preheat the oven to 425F. Roll out
   the almond dough on a lightly floured surface to a neat 12-inch round. Fold
   the dough in half and quickly but gently transfer it to the pie dish,
   unfolding it over the apples. Roll the overhanging edges of the pastry up
   and over toward the surface, forming a thick border around the edges of the
   dough. Flute the edges and cut several slashes in the center of the dough.
   4. Bake the pie for 15 mins; then lower the heat to 350F and continue to
   bake until the pastry is nicely golden and the apples are tender when
   checked with a fork, 35 to 40 mins longer. 5. Remove the pie from the oven.
   Using a funnel, pour the cider, applejack, or brandy through one of the
   steam vents in the pastry. Cool the pie on a wire rack; then serve warm or
   at room temperature in deep bowls, passing a pitcher of cream separately,
   if you like.