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Potato & Apple Pie

Try PEI Potatoes in this sweet dish, for added nutrition to your dessert!




4 large potatoes (peeled) 4
4 apples 4
2 tbsp butter 50 ml
4 cups simple syrup (equal parts sugar/water) 1 litre
1 whole cinnamon stick 1
1 star anise 1
1 tbsp brown sugar 25 ml
1 tsp cinnamon ground 5 ml
1/2 cup raisins 125 ml
2 cups chopped pecans 500 ml

Add 2 cups water and 2 cups of sugar to deep pot. Bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved (simple syrup). Remove ¼ cup of simple syrup and set aside. Keep remaining simple syrup on medium heat adding the cinnamon stick and star anise. Slice potatoes ¼ inch thick and add to the pot of simple syrup. Let potatoes steep in syrup until just tender. Remove the potatoes from the syrup and set aside. In a mixing bowl toss the ¼ cup of simple syrup with chopped pecans and set aside. Peel and slice apples. Sauté apples with butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and raisins. Layer the potato slices and sautéed apples alternately in pie crust. Top with simple syrup coated chopped pecans. Place in preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 25 minutes.

Recipe from the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, prepared by Chef Gordon Bailey, chef and owner of Lot 30 in Charlottetown, PEI