Preheat oven to 400F. Combine first 4 ingredients together for your pie crust. Roll out and press into a 9 inch pie plate, set aside.
Cook the apples in the water until soft. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon, then the sugar , cream, rinds and juice of fruit (apple or orange) and sherry or cider, and eggs. Pour into pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes, then lower oven to 325F and bake an additional 40-45 minutes until pie is pretty set not jiggly. Cool. Top with meringue.