Desserts | November 12, 2009

Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie

Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie

Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie

Of all the pies I make at holiday time, Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie is our family favorite. It’s fresh, tart and sweet. Love the hint of almond flavor. What would Thanksgiving be without PIE? I don’t even want to go there.
You know how I love this holiday weekend. Family, friends, time to reflect on all of our blessings. Throw in football -the UTAH 8-1 (yay!) vs byu 7-2  game, food, the family turkey bowl, shopping. Love it. Making special food for the people I love is my favorite part. Baking PIE is my absolute favorite.

Nothing compares to this Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie! It has been on our Thanksgiving menu for over 20 years and continues to be on the top most requested dishes I make at holiday time. We also have this pie every Christmas as well.
Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie
I know that many of you are intimidated by our friend, PIE. So, I thought this giveaway might help ease you into a friendly encounter with pie making. Pie, the cookbook is 640 pages long and contains 300 pie recipes! There are 57 pages devoted to pie crust alone. This is the pie bible. PIE is written by Ken Haedrich, a man who must have devoted an extraordinary amount of time in the kitchen covered in flour to produce such a comprehensive cookbook about Pie.
Giveaway rules:
**Giveaway closed** Leave a comment about what you are most grateful for this time of year. The winner will be picked by the Random Counter. Entries must be in no later than Saturday, November 14 at midnight. You’ll have this book in your hands in time for Thanksgiving week! 

Pie is really simple when broken down in to a few simple steps. Take a look at this tutorial for step by step instructions with photos included.
Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie

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Fresh Apple Cranberry Pie

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 7-8 apples any type peeled, cored and sliced ( I like Granny Smith)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries washed
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • juice from 1/2 of a lemon about 2 tablespoons no need for this if using Granny Smith apples
  • dash salt
  • Crust:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup solid shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place rack on lowest shelf in oven.
  2. Place flour and salt in medium sized bowl.
  3. Cut in shortening with pastry blender.
  4. Add cold water all at once, fold with fork, just until all of the flour mixture is moistened. You may need to add a bit more water.
  5. Gather the dough together in a ball. Split the dough in to two parts.
  6. Flour a surface and rolling pin.
  7. Roll out one half of dough to about 1/8 inch thickness into a circle.
  8. Fold dough in half. Lift onto a 9.5" pie plate.
  9. Open and shape to pan. Roll out the other half of dough, and set aside.
  10. Place apples in large bowl and mix with cranberries.
  11. Add rest of filling ingredients and mix well.
  12. Fill bottom crust with apple cranberry mixture. Dot top of filling with 1 tablespoon of butter, cut into small pieces.
  13. Place other half of rolled out dough on top of filling in pie plate.
  14. Gather the pie dough around the edge of the pied fold under to forma seal to keep all of the juices from the pie from escaping.
  15. Crimp and decorate edges.
  16. Make slits on top of pie for steam to escape.
  17. Brush with egg wash if desired, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar.
  18. Place pie onto foil lined cookie sheet (important, this usually bubbles over a bit.
  19. Bake for about 90 minutes. Cover loosely with foil if pie is getting too brown about half way through baking.
  20. Bake until pie is bubbly and golden.

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  1. My Mom gave me this recipe from you a few years ago and we have loved it. Thanks for all the great recipes you post. BTW, I think my Dad's favorite activity of all time is "Pie Night"–we had Thanksgiving early last year becuase of Katharine's Wedding and so he had to miss Pie Night–it nearly killed him.

    So–here's a little entry for your things you are grateful for. For me, this year I have been most grateful for my children. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being with them. I love how they make me feel. I love the way they stretch me and help me to grow. Love being a Mom.

  2. Oh how I LOVE pie! I could eat it 24/7! I'm grateful for my family. I can't wait to have my two oldest son's home from college for a few days. Once their home you can be sure to hear them and their siblings all laughing together as they share their silly stories.

  3. Such wonderful information–thank you! What I am most thankful for at this time of year: The depth and breadth of experience the previous 10 months have given me. I love the idea that maybe I'm doing a little better THIS November than last November. That's one of the points of Earthlife 101 afterall–to learn from our exeperiences!

  4. Such wonderful information–thank you! What I am most thankful for at this time of year: The depth and breadth of experience the previous 10 months have given me. I love the idea that maybe I'm doing a little better THIS November than last November. That's one of the points of Earthlife 101 afterall–to learn from our exeperiences!

  5. I am thankful for blogs like yours so I can learn how to cook. I was too busy playing sports while growing and missed all that time in the kitchen with my Mom.

    C.D.

  6. This pie sounds delish! I'll be trying it along with the chocolate truffle cake I tasted at R.S.
    I'm most thankful to be getting a new grandchild. Seeing my grandchildren always make me happy and grateful!

  7. I am grateful for everything I have. Especially wonderful friends like you who bring me yummy food. I am also very grateful that I live in such a wonderful area and have so many great people to help out in raising my children.

  8. This year I am thankful for my children to share this Thanksgiving and Christmas season with– they make holidays so much fun!

  9. I Love Love Love thie giggles I hear in the house when my girls are actually getting along.(one who is 3 and one who is 1) We are housebound with cold weather and forced to make things in our home "fun". Building forts, making music with pots and pans. It is the best!

  10. Love your blog! The photos are to-die-for!

    I just got back from a viewing, and I didn't think I'd be as choked up as I was, and (although it's terribly cliched) I was reminded of how grateful I am for my family and husband…they've gotten me through a tough year and always lend an ear (and humor me when I go crazy!).

    On a light note, I'm thankful it's Friday!!!

  11. I am loving your blog! I've made 2 of the cookie recipes and a salad…delicious! Looking forward to trying more.

    I'm thankful Abby and Brooke can experience China together 🙂

  12. I am blessed and thankful to be a missionary mom. Even though you miss them during the holidays, the old saying "you wouldn't want them anywhere else" truly applies! Thanks for all your delicious recipes. Keep them coming!!!

  13. This pie is my absolute favorite, too. I am thankful for Si, for pie night, and for a holiday that brings my whole family (well, almost) home to eat good food and just be together. It's a happy, wonderful time.

  14. I LOVE your blog! You have the most wonderful recipes. This one sounds particularly fabulous. I am going to have to try it. Thanks for all the work you go to sharing your fabulous recipes.

  15. I am so thankful this year for my Young Womens leaders. Those who give their time, money, materials and love for the pure service of others makes me smile. My leaders inspire me to become the virtuous, amazing mothers, friends, and role models they are to me and those around them. They mold me into who I am and who I wish to become.

  16. I am thankful and grateful for each day of my life.I had given my nine brothers and sisters a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner this year along with their children and grandchildren.I have three wonderful adult children an adopted child and in the process of adopting two foster children who have gone up for adoption who have been in my care for the last six years.I am from Canada and it was a beautiful sunny Thanksgiving weekend,after having a little light snowfall a week ago. I love baking ,cooling and reading and sharing recipes especially pie recipes.Happy Canadian/American Thanksgiving to one and all.

  17. Hi, I made this yesterday as a trial run for Thanksgiving. It was delicious, but so runny! Any ideas to thicken it up? I followed the recipe exact…? Maybe more flour? A friend recommended a tsp. of tapioca pudding to thicken. Any help would be greatly appreciated before I make it for the big day. 🙂

    1. Did you use the 1/2 cup of flour in the filling? It is almost impossible to have this pie turn out runny with the flour included!

  18. This year im so grateful for the birth of our daughter. Her sweet little spirit has brought the spirit into our home. Im so excited to have her with us this year for the holidays!

  19. 5 stars
    Thank you for the sharing of so many wonderful recipes. I am most grateful for this upcoming holiday season as it may be the last we have with some dear family members. Blessings to you.

    1. You’re very welcome, Robin. That’s what makes the holidays so special. I love spending time with family and sharing recipes. Thanks for your comment and for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

  20. I want to make this pie for Thanksgiving this year l, but I am allergic to almond so I couldn’t use the extract. Will it still be ok? Is there a substitute to use?

      1. Almond extract ~ I’m guessing you meant a different flavoring since she said she’s allergic to Almond extract. Wonderful recipes ~ love watching you on Brooke Walker’s show Happy Thanksgiving ~ so grateful for The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Family & our free country.

  21. I want to try this pie recipe after seeing so many glowing reviews on your Instagram stories. My favorite apple pie has a top crumb mixture instead of a top crust. Do you think that I could just use that on this pie? Have you ever tried a crumb topping with this pie, or do you think that using a top pie crust is vital to how the flavor and texture turns out?

    1. Hi Jennifer, I haven’t tried a crumble on this pie before, but I think it would turn out great. It’s just whether you prefer a crumble or top pie crust, I’ve always used a top pie crust. Hope this helps and thanks for asking!
      xo
      Si

  22. 5 stars
    I have been following you on Instagram for over a year and I love your posts and your recipes. I had always wanted to make this pie for quite some time and I finally did for my in-laws Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit! Everyone loved it and it was super delicious and heavenly! I just had my holiday work party today and my coworkers said you better bring that pie you made on Thanksgiving so I did. Again, it was a complete HIT and everyone loved it! It was the best dessert to end a wonderful work party and to kick off the holiday season. This recipe is definitely good for the soul. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    -Chris N

  23. 5 stars
    Love this pie! WI has awesome fresh cranberries and apples and it made for a delicious pie. 10/10 would make again.

  24. This is my favorite pie! I buy extra cranberries in the fall and freeze them so I can make it for my birthday in June each year.

  25. 5 stars
    My husband & I enjoyed your apple cranberry pie so much that we took it to get together with some of our good friends. We appreciate you putting together this wonderful blog. Thank you!

  26. 5 stars
    I made this pie yesterday and it was AMAZING! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I haven’t made very many pies but the instructions were easy to follow and it turned out great! This will be a staple at my pie nights in the future.