Josiah Sanchez Pie

Aged Mincemeat Filling Ingredients*
      1-1/4 pounds round steak, cut into small pieces
      1 cup apple cider
      4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and finely diced
      1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
      2-1/2 cups currants
      2-1/2 cups raisins
      1/2 pound chopped candied mixed fruit peel
      1/2 cup butter
      16 ounces sour cherry preserves
      1 teaspoon ground ginger
      1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
      1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
      1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1 can (16 ounces) pitted sour cherries, drained with liquid reserved
      2 tablespoons heavy cream

In a Dutch oven, combine beef and apple cider. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until meat is tender. Remove meat and coarsely chop, then return it to the pot.

Stir in chopped apples, sugar, currants, raisins, citrus peel, butter and cherry preserves. Add ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Simmer uncovered over low heat until mixture is very thick, about 90 minutes. Stir in cherries and remove from heat.

*NOTE: Mincemeat filling must be aged before use.  Refrigerate, tightly covered, for at least seven days before using.

Crust Ingredients (makes two 9-inch crusts)
      1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1/2 cup butter, chilled
      1/4 cup water, chilled

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Divide into two even halves.  Wrap each in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Roll out both dough balls to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place one crust in pie plate. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place aged filling in unbaked pie shell and top with second pastry crust. Crimp edges and poke several holes in top pastry. Brush top with cream and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Yield: 7 magnficent servings.

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Compliments to the chef maybe sent to: C.V. Puerro

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