Pastry

Combine flour, salt and shortening in large mixing bowl. Blend together with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss with fork until dough comes together. Shape into 2 firm balls; cover and set aside.

Filling

In small saucepan, cook raisins, dried cranberries and chopped apple in boiling water until plumped and tender. In small bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt together; stir in small amount of liquid from raisins until smooth and syrupy. Then, stir all into hot raisin mixture; cook and stir until thick, about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, grated peel and butter. Set aside.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. On lightly flour board, roll out two separate crusts and line 9-inch pie pan with one. Spread filing evenly over bottom. Trim bottom pastry to edge of pie plate; cut slits in remaining pastry and arrange on top of filling. Seal and crimp edges as desired. Bake at 425°F for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

Notes:
Well chilled Crisco® shortening preferred.
Ocean Spray® Craisins® brand or other.

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 2 Cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 Cup shortening
  • 4 to 8 tbsp. cold water

Procedure

Filling

  • 1/2 Cup California natural raisins
  • 1/2 Cup California golden raisins
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup peeled and chopped tart apple
  • 2 Cups boiling water
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 400 (Calories from Fat 42%); Total Fat 19 ( Saturated Fat 5; Trans Fat 2; ); Cholesterol 5; Sodium 346; Potassium 196; Total Carbohydrate 54; Dietary Fiber 3; Sugars 26; Protein 4; Calcium 16; Iron 2;

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