Winter Apple and Dried Fruit Pie

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

As opposed to other baked goods, you rarely see pies made with dried fruit. This pie proves that shouldn't be the case.

The combination of fresh apples and dried fruits creates a filling that's a combination of crisp, soft, and chewy, and is a nice departure from the more monotone texture of traditional apple pie. Best of all, the dried fruit absorbs some of the apple juices, helping to dry out the filling naturally and give the re-hydrated fruit maximum flavor.

The combination of dried fruits can be tailored to your taste, but we like a mix of dried cherries, chopped dried figs, dried cranberries, currants, raisins. Places that have bulk dried fruit, like health food stores or Whole Foods, will be your best bet for economy.


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