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Chef Jeffrey Nathan’s Fabulous Apple Cobbler

8 ounces almond paste
1 pound sugar
8 ounces shortening
10 ounces parve margarine
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 pound flour

In a mixer with paddle, combine the almond paste, sugar, shortening and margarine. Blend until smooth. Add almond extract and flour until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight until well chilled.

5 pounds apples, sliced
2½ ounces sugar
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
4 ounces light brown sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ ounce brandy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces golden raisins

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into a well greased casserole, or individual ovenproof serving bowls. Lightly grate topping over the filling. Bake at 350 degree F until golden brown.