Something Special Apple-Cherry Pie

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   Pastry for double-crust pie
1/2  cup toasted almonds, chopped
6  cups thinly sliced, peeled Jonathan or Golden Delicious apples
1/3  cup cherry preserves
1/2  cup sugar
3  tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2  teaspoon ground cardamom
1  cup frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries, thawed


1. Prepare and roll out pastry. Line a 9-inch pie plate with half of the pastry. Trim bottom pastry 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Sprinkle toasted almonds on the bottom crust.
2. In a large mixing bowl, toss apples with the cherry preserves. In a small bowl, stir together the 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and cardamom. Add to the apple mixture in the mixing bowl; add cherries. Gently toss the fruit to coat.
3. Transfer mixture to the pastry-lined pie plate. Cut remaining pastry into 1/2-inch-wide strips for lattice top. Weave over filling and press into bottom pastry. Fold bottom pastry over strips; seal and crimp edge. Brush with milk and sprinkle with additional sugar.
4. Cover the edge of the pie with foil to prevent overbrowning. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Remove the foil. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes more or until the lattice top is golden and the filling is bubbly. Cool the pie on a wire rack. Makes 8 servings.

Source:  Better Homes & Gardens
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