Sunday, November 14, 2010

I don't mean to be bossy, but . . .

....you really should make this pie for Thanksgiving.
This Cranberry Apple Pie is my very favorite Thanksgiving pie (don't tell Pumpkin).

It's tart & sweet with a *perfect* flaky and buttery crust.  I think you're going to like it.

Yes, the crust is homemade.  Don't be scared. If *I* can you it, *you* can do it. And really, nothing makes me feel like more of a domestic goddess than making my man a pie with homemade crust.  He'll thank you. 

One thing, though.  Please remember to place the pie on a cookie sheet, or place a cookie sheet below it in the oven.  Someone forgot this time...

For the crust:
(modified from The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion)

2 & 1/2 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. cold shortening (Crisco)
1 stick unsalted butter
1/4 to 1/2 c. ice water

1 egg white, lightly beaten

Reserve a few tablespoons of flour, set aside. Whisk together remaining flour and salt. Cut in the shortening until it is crumbly.

Place the reserved flour on work surface and coat butter in it. Use a rolling pin or your hand to flatten the butter until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Break the flour-coated butter into 1 inch pieces and mix into the dough until it is evenly distributed.

Sprinkle water over the dough while tossing with a fork just until it is easily squeezed into a ball. Flatten into 2 disks, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll each disk into a 12 x 9" rectangle (approx). Fold into thirds, like a letter, then fold again in thirds to form a square. (A bench scraper REALLY helps here!) Wrap both pieces again and refrigerate 30 more minutes.

After 30 minutes, let rest at room temperature for 5 minutes, then roll one out for the bottom crust.  (I can never get mine round...oh, well.)

Line a glass pie pan with the crust and brush with beaten egg white.

Fill with pie filling and add the top crust, venting as desired.  Brush with egg white.

For the Cranberry Apple Pie:
{modified from an old Williams-Sonoma Pies & Tarts cookbook}

1 c. sugar
2 TBSP flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 Granny Smith apples, not the JUMBO ones
2 c. fresh cranberries
zest of one orange
2 TBSP unsalted butter, cubed

Preheat the oven to 425.  Line the bottom of a glass pie pan with pie crust as directed above.  Brush with lightly beaten egg white.

Stir together the sugar, flour and salt. 

Peel, core and slice the apples.
{Do you have one of these contraptions?  I LOVE mine!}


Add the apple slices, cranberries and orange zest to the sugar mixture and toss well. Pile into the prepared pie pan.  Top with bits of butter.

Cover the pie with the top crust and vent as desired.  Brush with the beaten egg white.

Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake 40-50 minutes more, until the fruit is tender when pierced with a knife.  (Check the crust periodically and tent with foil if it browns before cooking through.)
Cool on a cooling rack.


Serve with ice cream (I recommend Haagen Dazs 5-ingredient Vanilla...heaven!)

Love the Pie


You want pie, you got it!  TidyMom is hosting a Love the Pie Party today!

78 comments:

  1. Yumm! I've never made pie crust before either, it scares me too much! But I might have to try this(: My family loves apple pie!

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  2. When I saw the tweet that your filling had over-flowed I was quite curious to see what pie you had made. Hours after the tweet, I finally know! Your oven may have been (O.K., it WAS a mess and I really would have bought you a double latte while you cleaned it up, heck I would have helped)but oh my gosh Bridget you have made a beautiful looking pie here. Your crust looks like the flakes would be airborne when a fork was pressed into it and that delicious filling of apples and cranberries! I think I would have cleaned your entire oven for you just to get a piece of this.
    P.S. You know I've never made a pie crust with shortening and butter but if it turns out like yours I'm all for it.

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  3. I just might make this. If i'm not in labor... if i am it seem like a wonderful labor "hurry-a-long" activity!

    yumm yumm

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  4. I've been wanting to make a pie (any kind!) lately, I'm adding this to the list!

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  5. It looks beautiful, Bridget! The apple and cranberry is such a delicious combination! My pie will be up tomorrow:)

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  6. Looks wonderful, I put cranberries in my pie for Cheryl's party too :) love this time of year, really great food!

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  7. I aspire to a flaky, yummy crust like yours. And... I'm always interested in ways to use cranberries as a holiday food other than that wiggly canned stuff. :)

    Blessings
    Rachymommy - MommyTopics.com

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  8. Okay, I have to make this. I love apples and cranberries and never thought to combine the two for pie-DUH!

    And your crust looks perfect!

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  9. Oh my goodness - that pie looks incredible!!! I really am going to make that!

    xox
    Jen

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  10. Gorgeous pie here! You get an A+ from me and I hope your oven self cleans....

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  11. great looking pie! i love apple and cranberry crisp, so can't see why i wouldn't love it in pie form, especially with ice cream:-)

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  12. your crust looks great! I have always been a little scared of the crust, but I think I am going to give it try this year. You know how I feel about fruit pies though...BUT if you say so :)

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  13. Ohh yum! I do love pumpkin pie, but I have to agree that I think I love apple and cranberry just a bit more. This looks absolutely lovely!

    Oh, and I've totally been there with the pie filling all over the inside of my oven... and pizza that fell off the pizza stone... and lasagna. You'd think one day I will learn!

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  14. that pie looks amazing! apple and cranberry are such a great combo.

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  15. Your crust looks amazing - one of my big downfalls! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. That pie looks SO worth the mess you made! haha

    Fantastic pictures and how-to's Bridget!!.......thanks for being so bossy! {wink}

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  17. This is the most beautiful post and recipe ever!!! You are so talented Bridget.. I am just drooling here!

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  18. ummm i don't even really like pie, but i love cranberry apple anything so i might just have to make this! :)

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  19. Giving THANKS to you for this post. I was just trying to find your recipe for crust with butter and crisco:)

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  20. That "burned on the bottom of the oven pie goo smell" is the worst ever, isn't it?? Looks like a lovely pie!

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  21. I love apple and cranberry together. I posted a crisp today, but now I want to make your pie! Looks lovely!

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  22. its okay to be bossy, sometimes we need a kick in the butt lol
    thank for the recipe and gorgeous photos, i WILL be making this soon!

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  23. Goodness that looks amazing! The crust looks divine...and the apples, cranberries and orange?! What a delicious combo!

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  24. That pie looks absolutely fabulous and delish!

    xo

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  25. Yum!

    Homemade pie crust has been on my list FOREVER! Your pie gives me hope that I might also be successful at it!

    Thank you!

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  26. Since I'm preggo....you'll make one and deliver it to me, right?

    ;-)

    YUM!

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  27. Bridget!
    Look at YOU!
    Look at you coming out of your COOKIE~COMFORT zone and showing out with a PIE that's to DIE for!
    This has got to be one of the BEST~est PIES I've ever seen!
    The CRANBERRIES totally win me over!
    Not that you were trying to WIN me over!
    But if I was a judge...
    in a PIE eating contest...
    I'd declare THIS~LOVELY~PIE as the WINNER!
    All because of the CRANBERRIES...
    oh...
    and the CONTRAPTION...that you sliced the APPLES with!
    That puts this PIE over the top too!
    I LOVE it that you made your own crust!
    Of course you did!
    You're that kind of a GIRL!
    And I know Mr. E and Kiddo adore you to PIECES!
    PIE~PIECES that is!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  28. I love making pie crust as well - it's easier than people think! I love how you combined apples & cranberries; such a great holiday twist!

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  29. Mmm the pie looks delicous and your photos are just beutiful :)

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  30. Love the apple/cranberry combo and your crust is just beautiful.

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  31. I love apples and cranberries! This looks amazing.

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  32. ooh! I'm excited to try this as I JUST went to KAF baking demo where they showed us how to make this very pie crust! And I have a huge bag of cranberries in my fridge just waiting to be used! Thanks!

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  33. This looks amazing! Love the idea of adding the orange zest, I'll have to try that. Yum!

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  34. That is one gorgeous looking pie!

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  35. Beautiful, beautiful pie! Love it!

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  36. yummy!!! looks great!! Found your post from TidyMom.net 's Pie Party!

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  37. yummy!!! looks great!! Found your post from TidyMom.net 's Pie Party!

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  38. Your pie looks delicious! I haven't made one from scratch, would love to try it... But can I just substitute butter for the shortening on the crust? I have some reservations using shortenings... =)

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  39. That looks amazing! It's a good thing you can't gain weight from looking at pictures. After looking at all of your great baking photos over the past few days it's a wonder I haven't eaten every sweet in the house. I may just have to make this for Thanksgiving!

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  40. OK!!!! So I was just in Sam's Club the other night and they had this exact same pie except with PECANS in it too and a hint of Orange!!! So DE-Licious!!!

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  41. That crust is just amazing. It's so flaky. I love cranberry apple pie so I know you're right. I need to make these pie. Unfortunately, I don't have anyone to bake for so I'll have to keep this recipe on hand for later.

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  42. Rather cool blog you've got here. Thank you for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.


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  43. I was never brave enough to try making them at home. Your man is lucky to have such a thoughtful wife.

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  44. Sold! You've convinced me! That pie is darling, and the crust? you are one talented lady Bridget!

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  45. Looks so delicious! I made your coconut cake (think the recipe was from mom's day) for a friend last week. OMG!!! It was so great! My mom said she remembered your mom making this cake. Just wanted to tell you thanks for the recipe.

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  46. Yum! I recently found an apple pie recipe I love, but I hadn't thought to add cranberries to it. That might be a nice Thanksgiving addition! Your pictures are gorgeous too.

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  48. This looks fabulous!! And I love your food photography! Would you consider linking this over at Tell Me Tuesday on Vintage Pollyanna? I'd love to have you! http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/2010/11/tell-me-tuesday-link-party-1.html

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  49. I absollutely agree with you. I made my very first pie ever (apple) this weekend and see many more in my future, especially for Thanksgiving. I used to be so scared of pie crust and now I can't wait to make another one.

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  50. This pie looks awesome and I am thinking I might just have to make three pies for Thanksgiving instead of just two. Can it be made in advance at all? Maybe the night before?

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  51. Love it. I don't like pumpkin pie so this gets my Thanksgiving vote.

    Plan B

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  52. Ummmm...that is good stuff, sweetness! And with the Haagen-Dazs: fuh-gett-a-bout-it!

    AWESOME! Eyes rolling back, got to remember to get up and brush my teeth but savoring this dessert is a major distraction.

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  53. It's ok Bridget... we'll let you be bossy only because you are so adorable. BTW, that little pic of your oven, yeah that's happened to me once or twice too. ;)

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  54. LOVE a scrumptious pie! This one definitely fits the bill! I'm supposed to make a Lemon Silk Cream pie but I may have to do this too! Thank you!

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  55. I'm sure you are the #1 guest at all of your family functions! This is gorgeous!

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  56. I made this last month! I can testify that it is soooo good!!!!

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  57. This looks yummy.

    I always put tin foil on the bottom of my oven. Then when I have a mess like yours... I simply (let it cool) and pick up the tin foil and toss it. I love no clean up!

    Have a great day!

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  58. This pie looks so good, I am going to make it for sure and I even have the apple, peeler corer. I will take a picture and let you know how it turns out.

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  59. I'm going to make this, too...I can't resist!!! I've never made a REAL pie before (only the canned pumpkin pie) and I'm going to try! I WILL be buying a backup refrigerated pie crust, though...that scares me!

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  60. Just made this pie tonight (dry run for Thanksgiving), and it is super yummy! One word of caution, though: it is tart, tart, tart! If you love cranberries, you'll absolutely adore it. If you're just neutral on cranberries, or don't really love them all that much (like my dear, patient husband), you might want to change the cranberry-to-apple ratio a bit and add just a touch more sugar. And, yes, this pie is definitely MADE to be accompanied by ice cream!

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  61. That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!
    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

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  62. Love this pie, I love my peeler corer too! I'm going to make this instead of plain apple for Thanksgiving. What a great blog you have, can't wait to come back!
    -Gina-

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  63. I made your crust! I've been making pie crust for about 20 years, and a pretty good one, too. But this one was the best. So nice and flaky, even after a night in the fridge. My morning-after-Thanksgiving breakfast of pumpkin pie has never tasted better. :)

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  64. I made this for Thanksgiving. I was a little nervous about it but I LOVED it. My favorite pie is rhubarb and this reminded me of it. What a great combo, thanks!

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  65. Made this for Thanksgiving dinner and my apple-pie-loving FIL almost licked the plate clean. I used mostly Granny Smith apples, but because mine seemed a little small and we like LOTS of filling, I threw in a couple Honey Crisps that were in the fruit bowl. I love the tart contrast of the cranberries with the apples. Thanks for sharing!

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  67. Bridget, while I didn't get around to making it for Thanksgiving, I just made it today as a pre-Christmas treat for my brother and his final review was, and I quote, "Wow." The only tweak I made was to include a few squeezes of the orange along with the zest which rounded up the citrus kick just a little.

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  68. The flaky and crumbly crust is one of the characteristics that you'll never forget in a pie. Also, using a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a topping for the apple pie is the best, since you'll be in flavor heaven when you both put the warmness of pie and the coolness of the ice cream in your mouth.

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  73. This looks delicious. And it actually gave me the idea to also try the filling from this recipe for an apple-cranberry crisp. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Yummy!!!!

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