Monday, November 9, 2015

Cranberry apple pie


Thanksgiving is coming and that means it's time for PIE. Well, here it's pretty much always time for pie, but Thanksgiving is the official pie holiday. Each year I like to make a new pie along with the standby of Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie. Concord Grape Tart has pretty much become a standby now since I first introduced it to my family a few years ago. Others we love for Thanksgiving are Maple Pecan Pie, Honey Walnut Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, and Chocolate Cream Pie. This year I wanted to try a pie with cranberry. I really love cranberries and am striving to incorporate them into more dishes through their season other than just cranberry sauce (which I love by the way). We still had some apples left in the crisper from apple picking so I though I'd try combining the two into a pie that is perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner.

I enjoyed this pie a lot because it was sweet, but not cloying sweet - the tartness from the cranberries was a lovely compliment to the pie. I used my favorite lard-butter crust for this pie - a double batch. We render our own lard when we get our half of a pastured pig each year, so I'm good with using lard. It's also a pie that's perfect to be served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

What's your favorite Thanksgiving pie?



Cranberry apple pie
Double recipe of your favorite pie crust (or use store-bought) 
1-1/2 cups cranberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup apple cider, apple juice, or cranberry juice
pinch of salt
4 heaped cups peeled, cored, and sliced (1/4-inch) apples, such as Golden Delicious, Pumpkin Sweet, Granny Smith, or your favorite baking apple (about 2 large)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 small egg
an extra teaspoon of sugar

In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, cider/juice, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until it comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the cranberries pop and the mixture thickens, about 7 minutes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss together the apples, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

Roll out your first pie dough and fit it into a 9-inch pie plate. Leave the overhang for now. Spread the apples into an even layer. Then top the apples with the cranberry mixture. Roll and place the second crust on top. Crimp together the top and bottom pie crusts along the edge of the pie, removing excess as necessary. Cut four slits into the top crust.

Whisk the egg with 2 teaspoons of water. Brush the egg wash over the top of the pie crust (need not use it all, just a good coating). Sprinkle with the extra teaspoon of sugar.

Bake until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling through the slits, about 35-45 minutes.

Let cool before slicing and serving. Top with vanilla ice cream, if desired.


What was I cooking one year ago?: pepperoni pizza-stuffed spaghetti squash 
Two years ago?: pumpkin swirl brownies
Three years ago?: kabocha squash & ricotta pierogi 
Four?: orange & honey roasted rutabaga 
5?: red cabbage & green apple slaw 

26 comments:

  1. I don't have much experience in making pie but it must be such a wonderful feeling to pull something like this out of your oven. Hope you'll have a great Thanksgiving this year!

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  2. this is the perfect thanksgiving dessert, combining two of the season's best ingredients! love that hue!

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  3. This pie looks wonderful! I have some fresh cranberries in my refrigerator that I've been trying to decide what to do with! Now all I need are some apples. Thanks for the recipe!

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  4. You always have delicious pie recipes! I love this as a swap on the traditional side of cranberry sauce. My family loves the tart flavor of cranberries, so this pie would be perfect!

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  5. yum! i made a cranberry apple pie a few years ago - such a great combo! i need to make a pie this fall... i can't believe i haven't done that yet. :)

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  6. HI Amy, another fabulous pie, this is such a great way to enjoy cranberries, looks delicious.

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  7. I love pie but we just don't eat enough of it. This year I was thinking of making a couple of classic pies-pecan and pumpkin :)

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  8. This sounds like a great combination–I love using fresh cranberries in recipes this time of year!

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  9. I love pies of all sorts. Cherry pie must be my fave, but then I love apple, too. Then who doesn't love a good chocolate pie? And then there is pecan and fudge and butterscotch. OMG! Why did you ask that question?

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  10. Even though I'm not celebrating thanksgiving, I'm jealous that it means pie! Darn my English location. Gotta say, the best pie I've ever had was a caramel maple apple one. So good!

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  11. Favorite pie pumpkin every time. But This cranberry apple pie looks marvelous. My kids absolutely love cranberry, I know, weird...rights. And I'm a crust girl, I just want to eat the whole rim! Bad girl. Love Western New York. And I need to learn from about fermenting from you!

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    1. I love meeting other WNY bloggers! I'm still perfecting my fermenting skills, but am glad to help as I can :-)

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  12. This sounds wonderful - and I don't think I've ever had cranberry apple pie so clearly I need to rectify that!

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  13. Well, I've to admit that pecan pie has always been my favorite Thanksgiving pie. Not a fan of pumpkin or sweet potato pie, but I love any kind of fruit pie and what you created here with apples and cranberries looks delicious!

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  14. Beautiful pie Amy...I have never used fresh cranberry...and would love to try...nice combination and beautiful color.
    Enjoy your week :)

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  15. I do love a nice fruit pie and this one looks delicious! I imagine the cranberry would add a lovely flavour whilst not being too sweet as you said.
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  16. I also enjoy desserts that are not too sweet. This looks really good :)

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  17. Amy, I have never rendered my own lard - I am impressed! And your pie looks absolutel yownderful - the flavor combination of tart cranberries and sweet tart apples is something that I really enjoy quite a bit!
    Another picture perfect pie!

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  18. Yup, pretty much always time for pie here, too. :-) I always try to use lard in pie crusts -- much better flavor and texture, don't you think? Haven't rendered my own yet -- need to do that! Anyway, this is super -- thanks.

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  19. I absolutely love apple pie, but what a lovely twist to add cranberries in to it too.

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  20. This looks delicious. I love pie year round but for Thanksgiving, it's chocolate pecan for me!

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  21. This looks so delicious!! I have never tried this type of pie but would love to.

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  22. I've already stocking my freezer with fresh cranberries and can't wait to use them. Love this mix of apples and cranberries!

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  23. Hi from Julia's Simply Southern Meal Plan Monday #89. Your pie is the first recipe that caught my eye. Pinned it for later.

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