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Citrus-Almond Pie

Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
This pie contains the flavors of the Italian confection panforte: honey, nuts, and candied citrus. It's slightly reminiscent of holiday fruitcake. Use the 9-inch pie pastry (double the recipe), or buy a refrigerated pastry (15-oz. package; use at room temperature). Follow steps 4 and 5 of pastry recipe to roll half the dough for bottom crust and to line pan (don't fold or flute edge). If making pie up to 2 days ahead, cover airtight and store at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2 lb.) almonds
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) candied (glacé) orange peel
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) candied (glacé) citron
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 9-inch pie pastry for a double-crust pie (see notes)
  • 1 large egg yolk

Nutrition Information

  • calories 603
  • caloriesfromfat 40 %
  • protein 8.9 g
  • fat 27 g
  • satfat 7.5 g
  • carbohydrate 86 g
  • fiber 4.2 g
  • sodium 298 mg
  • cholesterol 40 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place almonds in a 9-inch square baking pan. Bake in a 375° oven until golden under skins, about 10 minutes. Cool about 10 minutes; chop.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 2- to 3-quart pan, mix flour, cinnamon, allspice, coriander, and salt. Gradually add orange juice, stirring until smooth. Stir in raisins, orange peel, and citron. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until peel is tender when pierced, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in honey and almonds.

  3. Scrape nut mixture into bottom crust of 9-inch pie pastry in pan.

  4. On a lightly floured surface, with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll remaining pastry into a 1/8-inch-thick round about 11 inches wide; center over nut mixture. Fold edge of top pastry under edge of bottom one flush with pan rim, and crimp together to seal. Flute edge decoratively. With a small, sharp knife, cut several slits in top pastry. Set pie in a foil-lined 12-inch pizza pan or 10- by 15-inch baking pan. Beat egg yolk to blend with 2 teaspoons cold water; brush lightly over top crust.

  5. Bake pie on the bottom rack of a 375° oven until browned, 50 to 55 minutes (30 to 35 minutes in a convection oven). If pie browns too quickly (check after 20 minutes), cover top loosely with foil. Transfer to a rack and let stand, uncovered, until cool to touch, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Cut into wedges.