Recipe courtesy of Michael Rawl

New Mexican Apple Pie

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr
  • Prep: 1 hr 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Ask Pie Town locals what you should order at Michael Rawl's Good Pie Cafe and they'll suggest New Mexican apple pie. It's basically New Mexico in a pie dish: green chiles, pinon nuts, and on top, the state flag rendered in dough. Rawl, a Baltimore native, developed the recipe shortly after opening Good Pie Cafe in Pie Town, New Mexico in 2001. It has been the bestseller ever since.


For the crust: 

For the filling:


  1. Make the crust: Cut the lard into 1/2-inch cubes; transfer to a plate and freeze at least 1 hour. Combine the flour, granulated sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Cut in the lard with 2 knives until the mixture looks like coarse meal with pea-size bits of lard (do not overmix). A little at a time, stir in 1/2 to 1 cup ice water until the dough holds together when squeezed; the amount of water will vary depending on the humidity. (You can also make the dough in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.) Divide the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; use the plastic to help form each half into a disk. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Make the filling: Combine the apples, flour, turbinado sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, lemon juice, green chiles and pine nuts in a large bowl and toss. Let sit 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Roll out 1 disk of dough into a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Ease into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate, then spoon the filling into the crust. Roll out the remaining disk of dough into a 12-inch round; lay the dough over the filling. Press the 2 crusts together around the edge, then fold the overhanging dough under itself and crimp with your fingers. Cut a few slits in the top crust or prick with a fork to let steam escape. Whisk the egg with 1/4 cup water and brush over the top crust. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  4. Bake, rotating the pie every 20 minutes, until golden brown, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely. Serve with ice cream.