Monday, November 18, 2013

New Mexican Apple Pie

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I know I’ve been slow to getting back on this blogging bandwagon, but life is coming together.

I am grateful for the present, and I am grateful for all life has to offer.

The world is my oyster!

One of things I absolutely love about this blog is how I’ve been able to meet and become friends with women all over the US, and share a love of cooking, sharing recipes and stories, and grow friendships.

Nothing inspires me more than collaborating on theme weeks with these ladies, and PIE WEEK, HELLO!!!!

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Being that my parents live in Arizona, many trips have been spent driving baaack and forth, and baaaaack and forth along this 16 hour route. Many times, my aunt and mother and I have all jumped in the car and made the trip together.

The great thing about leaving all the men at home, is that we are able to stop and explore whatever shop or fruit stand we desire.

Which is how we discovered Pie Town.

Pie Town y’all.

As in Pie Town, New Mexico, a real live town in the middle of absolutely nowhere.

Known for it’s PIE.

Three standing pie cafes, all competing for your love and hungry stomach.

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Pie Town is known for their New Mexican Apple Pie, and each cafe makes it a little differently.

We fell in love with the Daily Pie Cafe.
An old adobe structure, with a rusty tow truck out front, friendliest staff I’ve ever met, and lots and lots… and lots of pie.

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New Mexican Apple Pie is a sweet hot conundrum.

A confusion in your mouth.

A party on the tongue.

Pine nuts add nuttiness and a crunch, and Hatch green chiles add the perfect amount of back of the throat heat.

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Y’all are going to love it, more so than Texas’ famous pepper jelly.

Take a look around the rest of Pie Week, and save these recipes!!!


From My Sweet Heart Cranberry Cherry Ricotta Pie
The Girly Girl Cooks Coconut Cream Pie
Comfortably Domestic Mile High Apple Pie,



Inside NanaBread’s Head Black & White Coconut Tart
La Petite Pancake Pineapple Pie
The Grommom Papaya PIE! 


Tenaciously Yours Grandma’s Chocolate Pie
Bakeaholic Mama Chocolate Cream Pie
Comfortably Domestic Maple Sweet Potato w/Swiss Meringue,



Pineapple and Coconut Boozy Pumpkin Eggnog Pie 
Bakeaholic Mama Sweet Potato Tartlets



Munching in the Mitten Sweet Potato Pie
Decadent Philistines Save the World Refrigerator Pumpkin Porter Chocolate Pie with Toasted Pumpkin Marshmallow “Meringue”
Climbing Grier Mountain Mini Butternut Squash Pie Stacks with Marshmallow Frosting 


Country Cleaver Biscoff Pie with Whiskey Mallow Fluff
Comfortably Domestic Very Berry Cherry Pie
Pineapple and Coconut Persimmon, Pear and Brandy Pie with Vanilla Bean Crumble

~Peace, Love, and Green Chiles Y’all….

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New Mexican Apple Pie

Adapted from The Daily Pie Cafe


3 large granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 T lemon juice
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 T flour
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ginger
3/4 cup Hatch green chili, canned
3/4 cup pine nuts
2 pie crusts for 9 inch pie


In a medium bowl, combine apples and seasonings and let sit a few minutes to coat. Next, add green chiles and stir. Lay the bottom pie crust over a 9" pie plate and sprinkle the pine nuts over the bottom crust. Spoon in the apple filling, and cover with top pie crust. If you'd like, you may lightly brush with an egg wash, and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then at 400 for 45-60 minutes, until juices have set up, and crust is golden. If the crust begins to darken, cover the pie with foil for the remaining baking time. Let cool, and serve.


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16 Responses to “New Mexican Apple Pie”

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — November 18, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    A town totally devoted to pie?!?!? That sounds too good to be true! Chili’s and pine nuts in an apple pie sound crazy, but awesome. Wish I had a slice in front of me for breakfast this morning!

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    Madeline — November 18, 2013 @ 11:54 am This sounds great! Better than pepper jelly!? Yum!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — November 18, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Pie town?! Holy cow this looks so good Katie, I love this twist on Apple Pie.

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    Jeanne (NanaBread) — November 18, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    I want this pie, and then I want to go to Pie Town. It must surely be heaven on earth! Katie, I’m blown away by your unique pie. Pine nuts for crunch, apples for tradition & green chilies for the ‘shazam!’ factor? It’s amazing. Simply amazing!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 18, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    Stuff my pie hole!!! Girlfriend this has got it going Oooonnnn!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — November 18, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    I am not normally a pie person, but I have to say everyone’s pies for pie week look amazing and I LOVE the idea of the chilies and apples in a pie. This is stunning!!

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    Two Red Bowls — November 18, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    I LOOOVE this!! I just got on the cheese-and-apple bandwagon (I’m so behind the times.. and I’m from the South too!! Shame on me, shame) and now you’re putting hatch chilis in apple pie?! I’m convinced I need this in my life. I love it. Thank you for posting and glad I found you just now!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — November 18, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    I have been craving apple pie so much the past few weeks so your recipe makes me want to get up and get it done! But I have to stop staring at your pictures first…

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    Kirsten/ — November 18, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    Holy Cow! An entire town dedicated to PIE?! I must go there and try them all. I love the idea of hatch chilies in an apple pie! Love it!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 18, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Um… have to take me to pie town someday!!! These looks insanely delicious!

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    Allison @ Decadent Philistines Save the World — November 19, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    OK, I smell a road trip. I’ve found exactly ONE pie stand here in Arizona, so the thought of THREE ALL TOGETHER??? I must go.
    Seriously, Hatch chiles in pie are amazing. I had the good luck to get my mitts on an apple chile hand pie during the season this fall, and it was divine! The pine nuts are intriguing – must try this!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — November 19, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Katie….I want to live on Cake Street in Pie Town! I would go to every cafe until I’ve tasted every pie they make! This one is gorgeous and I love the twist of pine nuts and heat in it! Beautiful and tempting photos! I’m not going to be able to get this post out of my head and people are going to think I’m crazy at work when I’m having a bad day and I can be heard mumbling..’I gotta move to Pie Town’! : )

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 19, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    Ooooh I bet this pie is amazing!Hatch chiles, pine nuts… so crazy I love it! And I must visit and potentially live in this Pie Town… freaking awesome!

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    Liz — November 21, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    I’ve been to Pie Town once. It was pretty yummy! Thanks for reminding me of it. I didn’t have this pie but I’m going to make it soon. I have some New Mexico chili’s in my freezer shipped to me from friends. Thanks! 🙂

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