Many years ago, we used to make a mince pie from a cookbook called
Laurel's kitchen. This is our modified version, sweetened only with
dates, and with more sweet spices. It is a big hit at holiday potlucks.
4 oz water
3 oz pitted dates, quartered
2 1/2 oz rolled oats
2 1/2 oz walnuts
2 1/2 oz pitted dates, quartered
1 medium orange
3 oz raisins
21 oz apples, in 1/2" dice
1/2 tsp brandy extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9
inch pie plate.
Put 4 oz water and 3 oz pitted dates in a blender and set them aside to
soften while you prepare the other ingredients.
oats, walnuts, and 2 1/2 oz pitted dates in a food processor and
process until combined. Do not puree - the mixture should still be
somewhat flaky. Press firmly into the bottom and part way up the sides
of the pie plate.
Don't wash the food processor; you will use it again.
the orange and cut it into 8 segments. Do not remove the rind. Cut each
segment into 3 or 4 bite-sized pieces. Pulse the orange pieces and
raisins in the food processor until minced. Do not puree. Transfer to a
Core apples and chop them into 1/2" pieces. It is not necessary to peel
them. Add them to the saucepan.
Blend the water and dates until smooth and add them to the
fruit to a simmer, then cover and cook, stirring frequently, until
apples are soft. Remove lid during the last 5 minutes to allow all
excess liquid to evaporate. Remove from heat and stir in the brandy
extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
Press evenly into pie crust. Set on a baking sheet to catch drips. Bake
for 30 minutes. Chill before serving.
This pie firms up as it chills, and the flavors blend together too.
fat content in this dessert is a bit high because of the walnuts in the
crust, but in our opinion, walnuts are a pretty healthy "splurge" for
the holiday season. Enjoy!
Yield = 40 oz 1 serving = 5 oz
Calorie density = 46 cal/oz
per serving: 231 Fat: 6.7 g
(24%) Protein: 3.7 g CHO: 44
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