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Northern Star Pie

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, European
Keyword kristin harmel, mince pie, northern star pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 1 9" pie


For The Pie Crust

  • 3 Cups AP Flour (360 g / 13 oz)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 TBS Turbinado Sugar (30 g / 1 oz)
  • 1 Cup Unsalted butter, cold cut into 1" cubes (225 g / 8 oz)
  • 1 Large Egg, beaten
  • 1 TBS White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 TBS Cold water

For The Filling

  • 1 Cup Dried chopped figs (100 g / 3.5 oz)
  • 1 Cup Dried chopped prunes (90 g / 3 oz)
  • 1 Cup Red or green grapes, cut in half (200 g / 7 oz)
  • 6 TBS Light brown sugar (70 g / 2.5 oz)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 TBS Poppy seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced toasted almonds (50 g / 2 oz)
  • 1 Cup Water (240 ml / 8 oz)
  • 2 TBS Cinnamon sugar
  • 1 Large Egg, beaten for brushing the crust.


To Make The Pie Crust

  1. Blend together the flour, salt, and sugar.

  2. In a food processor or using a pastry cutter, process the flour mixture with the cold butter until the butter resembles small peas.

  3. Pour in the egg and 4 TBD of water and pulse about 8 times. The dough should look like coarse wet sand and should only come together when pressed with your finger.

  4. Place the dough on a clean surface or a large bowl and bring it together by pressing it with your hands.

  5. Divide the dough into two parts, shape each part into a 6" disk. Wrap each part with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for a min. of 1 hour and preferably overnight.

  6. Remove dough from the refrigerator, roll 1 part into a 13" circle, and line a 9" pie shell trimming the edges.

  7. Roll the second part into 1/8" thick and use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut some stars.

  8. Place the pie pan and stars in the refrigerator to cool while you make the filling.

To Make The Filling

  1. In a medium-sized pan, place the figs, prunes, half a cup of grapes, cinnamon, sugar, and water and let the mixture come to a boil and the sugar melt.

  2. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes, until the mixture resembles a thick paste.

  3. Mix in the remaining 1/2 cup grapes, poppy seeds, and almonds.

  4. Preheat oven to 350F.

  5. Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and fill it with the filling. Decorate the top with the star-shaped pie dough.

  6. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

  7. Baker for 30-35 minutes on the medium oven shelf. The pie is ready when the crust is light golden brown and is set.

  8. Remove pie from the oven and let cool for 30-60 minutes before slicing.