Servings: Serves 6–8
To make crust: In a food processor, combine flour, almonds, butter, salt and brown sugar. Pulse 6 to 8 times, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until mixture solidifies into a ball. Remove dough from machine and shape into 2 discs; one disc should be about 1/3 larger (for the top crust). Wrap both in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425°. Place dough on a floured board and allow dough to stand, unwrapped, until just pliable, about 10 minutes. With a floured rolling pin, roll out the smaller disc into a 13-inch circle. Move dough a quarter turn with every roll, making sure it is not sticking to the board underneath. The dough should be 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Line a 9-inch pie dish with dough. Lightly dust board with more flour and roll out larger disc into a 15-inch circle; set aside.
To make filling: In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Add apples and lemon juice; gently toss to combine. Place filling in crust-lined pie dish and dot with butter. Cover with large dough circle and cut a large X into the top; gently pull back the corners of X to allow steam to escape.
In a small bowl, combine heavy cream and egg yolk; brush crust with mixture. Place pie on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375° and continue baking until filling bubbles in the center and crust turns golden brown, about 1 hour. (Tenting with foil for the last 45 to 50 minutes may be necessary to prevent overbrowning.) Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour; serve with vanilla ice cream.
From the October 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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