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Cranberry Apple Pie

by Emma on November 7, 2011

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The cranberry chronicle continues….

Our tale begins one fateful day at Wal-mart. Our hero was shopping, consulting her scribbled list of recipe ideas while wheeling around one of those gi-normous metal carts through the produce isles. She was on a quest for brussel sprouts. You see, dear reader, our hero had it in her mind that she was going to make two dishes using brussel sprouts.

But as fate would have it, there were no brussels sprouts to be found that day.

“Curses!” Cried our hero, as she threw down her notebook onto the linoleumed floor. (Note: this story may be dramatized for entertainment purposes.) “My brussel sprouts dreams have been foiled. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!”

She then noticed an end cap full of bright red berries in not-too-small plastic bags.

Hmm, cranberries? She wondered to herself…. I’ve had cranberry juice and craisins. What could I do with cranberries? And, like, do these things have pits like cherries or what’s going on with these exactly?

She bravely bought a bag of beautiful berries and set out to try something (gasp) unplanned. She made cookies, and scones, and pie. And they were all wonderful, and perfectly tart, pit-less, and most importantly: delicious.

Cranberry Apple Pie

For the crust: 2 1/2 cup flour, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup shortening and 1/4 cup cold water.

Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the shortening and use your (clean) hands to mix together until course and crumbly. Add the water and mix into a dough ball. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

For the filling: 3 granny smith apples, 3 ounces cranberries, 2 ounces chopped pecans, 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

In a bowl combine the sugar, flour, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Peel, core and finely slice up your apples, stir them in with the milk-sugar batter. Chop up some of the cranberries and leave some whole (if you’re totally into the rustic look, like me. ha!) add them to the milk-sugar batter too. Now mix in the nuts.

Divide your chilled dough into one dough ball that is 2/3 of the whole and one that is 1/3 of the whole. The small dough ball is for our top-of-the-pie decor, so hang on to that. The larger ball roll out it out into your pie pan size. Place it into the greased pie pan. Fill with apple mixture. Top with remaining dough, you could do cut-out hearts (like mine) or you could do lattice or whatever your heart desires.

Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes. Serve warm with a big scoop of (butter pecan) ice cream.

xo. Emma


hisglorygirl November 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

HAHAHAHAHA! Loved the dramatized story and the hearts on the pie are perfect!

hannah alehandra November 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Hehe good story and cute hearts on the pie, look so yummy. Kiss from England.xo

Mizkate November 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Walmart is a fateful place full of cheap products from china and the hearts of strangled small businesses…. But that pie is divine and the hearts are adorable… So it may be a happy ending after all!

Chris November 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Great story telling – so much fun! As usual, YUM, sounds so good. My list of groceries to pick up just keeps growing along with my list of recipes to bake!

grace November 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I would kill for a piece of this right now – and those little hearts are just the “icing on the cake” haha!


Lauren Helen November 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

This looks amazing! I’ve never made pie before and the idea scares me, but hopefully I’ll be able to make this one day!

Georgia November 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

looks AMAZING.

Emily November 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

Love the narrative :) Of course Wal-Mart wouldn’t have brussels sprouts. Of course they wouldn’t.

Krystle November 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

Your recipes and pictures make my mouth water!!! Stunning.

irene wibowo November 8, 2011 at 1:29 am
ねこちゃん November 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

it looks perfect and so lovely! I tried the scones recipe but it failed.. =( maybe I should try this recipe =)

The life after November 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Don’t like cranberries but love apple pies!!!

The Life After

Earendil November 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm

oh, i should definitely try this one day, it looks very yummy :)

Jillian Pye November 9, 2011 at 3:05 am

Hi Emma! I saw this guest post on An Eclectic Heap:

And was just wondering what exactly is a puff pastry sheet? Thanks!

Emma November 9, 2011 at 5:26 am

it’s one of my favorite cheats in baking. :) You can usually buy it in the freezer section at most grocery stores and sometimes directly from bakeries. try googling ‘puff pastry’ for more info. :)

Georgia November 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I love eating my way through all your posts. So divine and so many helpful hints :)

Emily November 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Girrrl, every day I when I open my reader on my computer I find another new recipe from you that I HAVE to try! I love how easy and accessible your recipes are! You’re awesome!

mheartine November 13, 2011 at 6:23 am

This looks a bit like some ‘repas de chien’ that i made last week! dreamy!

Kayla Pugh November 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

you have a great voice while writing. absoultely funny and witty. your recipies always look amazing too.

leslie November 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

This looks (and sounds) so yummy!

Monica November 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I am going to make this for my Thanksgiving tomorrow :) . I’m very excited to try it out! I picked up some ingredients last night and I can’t wait! Any cherry pie recipes? I’ll have to browse your recipe box (my dad can’t have cranberries).

Monica November 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I’ve made this twice already, and it has been wonderful: Thanks much for the recipe :D