Wow, what an amazingly beautiful pie with some bold flavors that work well together, especially if you enjoy eggnog and cranberries. It is definitely a show stopper and a wonderful choice for the holiday table. I was very excited to find this recipe on www.epicurious.com. This pie had alot of wonderful reviews and I look forward to trying it very soon.
FOR COOKIE CRUST
1 1/4 c
all purpose flour
unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 pkg
(8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
creme fraiche or heavy cream
plus 2 tbsp sugar
freshly grated nutmeg
bag fresh or frozen cranberries (not thawed; 3 1/2 cups)
fresh orange juice
CANDIED ORANGE & CRANBERRY COMPOTE
orange, navel quartered lengthwise & sliced crosswise paper thin (including peel)
fresh or frozen, sliced cranberries
1 - 2 Tbsp
grand marnier or any orange flavored liqueur
1Special equipment: a 10-inch fluted metal quiche pan (2 inches deep) with a removable bottom; about 3 cups pie weights or raw rice; a pie shield (optional); a small offset spatula.
(I didn't have 3 cups of rice, so I just put another pie dish made of glass or maybe it was Pyrex down inside the other. It worked out in a pinch.)
Pulse together all crust ingredients in a food processor just until a dough forms. Press dough evenly onto bottom and up side of quiche pan with floured fingers. Chill shell until firm, about 30 minutes.
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights, then bake until edge is pale golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Carefully remove foil and pie weights and bake shell until edge is golden and bottom is pale golden, 15 to 20 minutes more. Cool completely in pan on a rack.
Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
Blend cream cheese, crème fraîche, and sugar in cleaned food processor until creamy, about 1 minute. Add whole eggs, yolks, bourbon, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt and process until smooth.
4Melt jam with water in a small heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring until smooth. Spread half of jam evenly over bottom of shell(reserving remaining jam in saucepan). Let layer of jam stand until set, about 5 minutes,
Cover edge of tart shell with pie shield or foil and bake until filling is set but still trembles slightly in center, 35 to 40 minutes (filling will continue to set as it cools).
7Cool tart completely in pan on a rack. Reheat remaining jam over low heat, stirring, until pourable, then pour over filling and spread evenly with offset spatula. Chill tart, uncovered, until cold, at least 2 hours.
Just before serving, remove side of pan.
8FOR HOMEMADE CRANBERRY JAM:
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes (jam will continue to thicken as it cools).
Force jam through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding skins and seeds. Cool, stirring occasionally.
Cooks' note: Jam can be made 4 days ahead and chilled, covered.
Makes about 2 cups --- Active time:15 min --- Start to finish:1 hr
This Recipe for the jam is by Ruth Cousineau