Long after the December and New Year's holidays are over, I usually remember that I have forgotten to make mince pie. Apparently I'm the only one who notices. An unscientific poll of my co-workers indicates that most of them don't like mince pie. I set out to remedy that, borrowing an idea from the MTV show Pimp My Ride. (If you haven't seen the show, they take a car that's in poor condition and restore it and customize it.) One suggestion: Don't tell people it's mince pie, and they will love it.
Makes 1 9-inch pie
1 9-inch pie crust (make your own or use a store-bought refrigerated variety)
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup (dark or light)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups mincemeat pie filling (You can use store-bought filling or try this recipe from America's Test Kitchen)
21-ounce can of apple pie filling
1 cup walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray and place rolled-out dough in the pan, crimping the edges and pricking the bottom with a fork.
Beat eggs, sugar, syrup, melted butter and salt.
Stir in pecans, and pour into pie shell.
Bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread a layer of mincemeat pie filling on top of pecan layer. Spoon apple pie filling onto mince layer and spread evenly. Break up walnuts and sprinkle on top of apple layer.