| RECIPE METHOD
FOR SAUCE: In a heavy small saucepan mix brown sugar and cornstarch.
Stir in water. Stir in half-and-half or light cream and light corn
syrup. Cook and stir till bubbly (mixture may appear curdled). Cook
and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir in margarine
or butter and vanilla. Cover surface and cool without stirring.
FOR PIE: In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, flour, cinnamon,
and nutmeg. Add apples and raisins. Pour 1/2 cup of the caramel
sauce over apple mixture; reserve remaining sauce to serve with
pie. Toss gently till apples are coated. Prepare and roll out pastry
as directed. Line a 9-inch pie plate with half of the pastry. Transfer
filling to pastry-lined pie plate; trim pastry even with rim. Cut
slits or vents in top crust. Place crust on filling. Trim, seal,
and crimp edge of pastry.
For pastry cutouts, use a small hors doeuvre cutter or sharp
knife to cut out apples and leaves from pastry scraps. Brush top
crust with water. Arrange pastry cutouts on top crust. Mix egg yolk
with 1/4 teaspoon water. Divide yolk mixture in half. Add red food
coloring to one half and green food coloring to the other half;
mix well. With a clean, small paintbrush, paint pastry cutouts with
2 coats of color. To prevent overbrowning, cover the edge of the
pie with foil. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees oven for 25 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for 20-25 minutes more, or till top is golden
and apples are tender. Cool on a rack.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.