With Thanksgiving tomorrow, we wanted to share a special, sweet recipe that will WOW your guests. It’s much simpler to create than it looks, and the taste is heavenly. Recently we’ve seen many different recipes featuring apple slices arranged in this manner, and we decided to try a few in our test kitchen. Although they’ve all turned out beautifully, we’ve found them to be disappointingly lack-luster when served. The thin apples tend to dry out during baking and there’s intrinsically far less of the apple-pie-sticky-sweetness with this technique. For this dish to balance out the drying effect, we added a creamy, spiced layer under the apples. It gives the pie much more body, interest, and more of a pie-filling mouthfeel. A word of advice for success, a mandolin is essential to get perfectly sliced apples.
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
3-5 tablespoons ice water
Mix salt and flour.
Cut in butter/margarine until it’s in pea-sized chunks (We use a food processor, but a pastry blender or 2 knives works, too.)
Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring with a fork, just until the dough holds together.
Chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
Roll out on a floured surface until it will fit a 9-inch pie pan.
Transfer to pie plate, trim to fit and finish the edge.
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Mix all ingredients until smooth.
Pour and spread onto crust then return crust to the refrigerator.
3 red-skinned apples
3 green-skinned apples
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon each cloves, nutmeg & ginger
Toss apples in lemon juice to coat.
Mix remaining ingredients and toss in apples.
Starting at the outer edge, arrange green apple slices, overlapping slightly.
Continue placing slices, use the largest pieces first—on the outer portion—and work towards the center.
Make a ring of green slices followed by red, and ending with a small green center.
For the innermost petals, we softened the apples in the microwave to make them bendable.
Pour any remaining sugar/lemon/spice mixture over pie.
Bake at 375°F for 25-30 minutes until apples are softened and crust is browned.
Serve and enjoy!!
Serve and enjoy!!