apple pie with a tortilla crust

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Tortillas are for so much more than the obvious – so this is my attempt to get us all to look beyond the roll and the fold, as in burritos and quesadillas and start to think of tortillas as pre-rolled dough. It is dough-like by nature, so why not use it as such – kinda halfway to pastry. So why not line a pie pan with one or cut one into strips to make a lattice top?  So after a couple of runs at it – I lined the pan with tortillas, spread a little butter, piled in apples laced with butter, spices & raisins, sprinkled on some nuts – debated whether to make layers, opted not to, cut a couple of tortillas into strips, and made myself an ‘ole-fashioned lattice top right out of Green Acres!

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So next time you feel like pie and you want to be diggin’ in within an hour – turn to tortillas to bring it all together. Come to think of it, you could also pile the apple mixture in and roll it up burrito-style – this is for when you’ve just gotta have pie! Looks like pie, acts like pie, tastes like pie – but won’t pack it on like pie – now that’s my kinda pie!

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1. Butter a cast-iron skillet.

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2. Lay a tortilla in the skillet and depending on the size use another tortilla to make more of a crust.

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3. Melt butter for brushing on the tortillas now, and later.

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4. Just like this.

 

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5. Cut a tortilla in quarters to “extend” the crust.

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6. Just like this. And yes, brush more butter and set aside.

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7. Zest and juice a lemon into a large bowl.

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8. Gather the spices.

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9. Gather the nuts.

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10. Gather the raisins.

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11. Get going on the apples.

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12. Peel, quarter and cut into chunks.

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13. Add them to the bowl of lemon juice as you work, keeps them from oxidizing.

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14. Melt the butter in a skillet.

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15. Pile in the apples.

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16. Add the brown sugar.

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17. Then the raisins.

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18. Stir in the spices.

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19. And there’s your filling.

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20. Pile it into the tortilla shell.

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21. Sprinkle it with chopped walnuts.

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22. And a little sugar and cinnamon.

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23. There’s some money right there!

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24. Get a couple of tortillas.

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25. Cut them in half.

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26. And then into strips. These might be a tad on the thick side – but at this point it’s really up to you. You could cut shapes with a cookie cutter and lay those over top or forego a top crust altogether.

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27. Start like this and you will pick up and lay down to create a weave – check out how to create a lattice top.

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28. Lift up in one direction.

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29. While you lay down in the other direction.

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30. See? Under, over, under, over – which is created by gently lifting and laying in opposite directions.

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31. Until you’ve got your weave – tuck any remaining strips around the edges to create a more substantial crust.

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32. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and/or sugar and bake until tortillas are golden and crispy.

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33. Just like this.

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34. Cut gingerly, holding the lattice top gently and you will have perfect pieces.

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35. Whip up a little cream and there you have it – apple pie that packs a load of flavour, not a load of loaded pastry – a luscious lighter alternative.

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