This recipe is an adaptation of one found in The Swiss Cookbook by Nika Standen Hazelton. To make it a "Witch Pie," add a few drops of green food coloring to the eggy filling.
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1½ cups blanched almonds, ground
- 1 cup mashed, cooked dried fruit (prunes, apricots, pears or peaches)
- 1 cup flour
- ⅓ cup cold unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- or 1 x 9 inch circle refrigerated pastry dough
- Cook the dried fruit by simmering in a saucepan of water until softened enough to mash.
- Drain well and allow to cool slightly before processing in a food processor to a thick, chunky pulp.
- Have this done in advance and at room temperature when ready to fill pastry.
- Set flour for the pastry dough in a bowl and using two forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter pieces until the mixture resembles small pebbles.
- Add water a little at a time, mixing until the dough starts to form up a ball.
- Gather into a ball with your hands gently and knead on a very lightly floured surface just enough to make a smooth ball of dough- do not overwork the dough.
- Cover in plastic and chill while preparing filling.
- If you prefer, you may substitute a pre-made refrigerated pastry dough.
- Beat the eggs until they are thick and lemony.
- Beat in the granulated sugar 1 tbsp at a time.
- Fold in the nuts.
- Roll out pastry dough on a lightly floured surface and cut to fit into the bottom of a 9" well greased spring-form pan.
- Spread the cooled mashed fruit over the dough and then pour the nut mixture over the fruit.
- Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 – 40 minutes, or until the eggy filling is set.
- Chill, then remove sides of pan carefully, slice and serve.
- Store in the refrigerator.