Part Four: After the Fall Pie & Perfect Timing

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Why do apples get blamed for so much? Let's consider pomegranates for a bit. Then again, without apples, there would be no applejack, and without applejack, there would be no applejack pie, and that would be sad. A recipe follows, something to savor as you think about the role of timing in your life, especially how rare a thing perfect timing may be. (I also wonder why Brad Pitt never aged in the movie Legends of the Fall, even though I refer to it as After the Fall.)
After the Fall Pie
First, buy a large bottle of applejack brandy, and prepare your favorite type of unbaked crust with fluted edges. A 9″ pie plate should be just about right.
For the filling:
Peel & slice six tart apples
Soak apple slices in a cup of applejack brandy overnight, and maybe take a sip or two yourself, just to make sure it’s all right.
In the morning, cream 4oz of butter with 8oz of sugar
When the mixture is light and fluffy, strain the apples and fold them in.
A little lemon zest wouldn’t hurt.
How’s that brandy, anyway?
Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Feel free to have another drink while you wait, or go ahead and make the topping.
For the topping:
Cover the hot apple mixture with a layer of thin pomegranate slices
Whip a cup of heavy cream, then blend in 3 to 4 T of sugar and 3 egg yoks
Cover the pomegranate slices with the whipped topping and return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Drizzle any remaining applejack over all.
Chances are, the applejack will have disappeared by the time you get to this step.
And just like Adam & Eve, you should probably go put some clothes on, too.

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