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Apricot-Mince Pie

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 8

This clever combination of ingredients makes for a fantastic flavor-packed pie!

Ingredients

Pastry

2 2/3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon salt
1
cup shortening
7
to 8 tablespoons cold water

Filling

1
cup dried apricots
1
tablespoon sugar
1
jar (27 oz) ready-to-use mincemeat (3 cups)

Directions

  • 1 In medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
  • 2 Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half and shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.
  • 3 Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one pastry round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 10-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.
  • 4 In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, mix apricots and sugar. Add just enough water to cover apricots. Heat to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 20 minutes or until apricots are tender; drain.
  • 5 Place apricots in pastry-lined pie plate. Spread with mincemeat. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate.
  • 6 Roll other round of pastry. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute as desired. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.
  • 7 Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is brown, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

Mincemeat goes way back. It’s been a traditional Christmas pie since the thirteenth century. Eating mincemeat pie each day for the twelve days after Christmas was thought to bring good luck.

If you don’t want to buy more apricots than you need for this recipe, look for these dried fruits in the bulk bins of your supermarket or natural-foods store.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
630
(
Calories from Fat
250 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28 g
28 %
(Saturated Fat
8 g,
8 %
),
Cholesterol
15 mg
15 %;
Sodium
420 mg
420 %;
Total Carbohydrate
90 g
90 %
(Dietary Fiber
4 g
4 %
),
Protein
8 g
8 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
24%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
18%;
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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