Upside Down Apple Pecan Pie
4 - 6 T soft butter
2 + Cups pecan halves
3/4 Cup dark brown sugar
1.5 tsp vanilla
1.5 T maple syrup
2 pie crusts
4-6 Apples, try to use at least 2 varieties
1 Cup orange juice + 1 Cup water - mixed
1 Cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
2-3 T sugar
4 T flour
2 tsp cinnamon
pinch each of nutmeg, ginger and ground clove.
1 egg - beaten
Scoop a pecan half into butter, picking up just enough to allow it to 'stick' to the side of pie pan.
Line bottom and side of pan with pecans, round side down.
Mix brown sugar, vanilla and syrup. Pack tightly on top of pecans.
Cover with a pie crust and press down.
Cover and set aside.
Peel and core apples.
Slice apples into orange juice and water.
Reserve juice - drain apples well - put in large mixing bowl.
In a small saucepan, heat reserved juice, raisins and cranberries till fruit is plump.
In apple bowl, add cranberries, raisins, sugar, flour and spices.
Mix gently to coat apples, taking care not to break them up.
Spoon mix into pie dish.
Fill to about 1.5" above sides.
Brush edge with beaten egg.
Top with 2nd pie crust.
Cut 4-5 long slits in top.
Bake @ 400 -- 45 minutes
Let sit 5 minutes and invert on serving plate.
Pairs Well With
2 - apples inside crust
3 - crust on top of apples
when you turn out the pie, it is upsidedown, it looks almost like a pecan torte - you don't see the apples or crusts until it is cut
Well just had a delicious german white wine.. maybe that blocks me up :) :) Look forward to hear from you