Dee. Lish. I did good. This is for my favorite food blogger Shaun who inspires me and makes me drool.
So, you want the whole recipe and all that, right here, all in one piece? Okay.
I started with the filling:
4-5 tart apples
1 lemon to juice
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of good spirits (Calvados is best here, but brandy or grappa will do just fine)
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
Peel and slice the apples. Pour the lemon juice over them so they won't turn brown.
Soak the raisins in the calvados, mix with the apples.
Mix the sugar and the cinnamon, spoon over the apples.
Set the mixture aside and let it soak nicely while you make the crust:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 stick of butter (I prefer unsalted)
Put the flour in a mixing bowl, add the sugar and the egg yolk. Cut the cold butter into little pieces right into the bowl, and knead the whole mixture into a smooth ball of dough.
Oh yeah, I did something else instead - like I noted, I wanted a cracker crust to make sure the pie dough wouldn't get soggy. You can use bread crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, or cheat with granola like i did. :-)
Ready for the bake-off? Preheat the oven to 400 F. (No, 451 is a tad too hot, sorry.)
Grease a spring form pan, distribute the dough evenly, and build up the sides about 1 1/2 inches.
Start with a layer of crumbs, then distribute the apple mixture evenly on top of that, as high as the sides are built. Put another crumb layer on top, and shove it in the oven.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, until the apples are soft, and the pie crust has turned golden brown.
[PS in November 2006: I have posted an updated version of this recipe.]