Cranberry Apple Pie is my new favorite fruit pie. A tender flaky lattice topped pie crust is loaded with a fresh cranberries, apples, sugar and spices. A truly mouth-watering scrumptious dessert everyone will enjoy this Holiday Season…plus it’s so purty!
I know exactly what you are thinking. You’re thinking…”I can’t make a pie like that!”
Can you play with play dough? Then you can make this pie!
It’s SO much easier than it looks! Plus you know me…I’m going to give you easy handy baking short cuts!
I made this pie last year for Thanksgiving. It’s SO good! I could hardly wait to share it with y’all. The cranberries and apples blend together to create the most flavorful filling with hints of warm savory Fall spices.
The filling is over the moon spectacular! You’ll be swooning. (Well, it’s Thanksgiving…you’re gonna be swooning from exhaustion any way! This just makes it more delightful!)
You will need pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches). You can make the pie crust from scratch OR you can purchase already made pie crust. It’s totally up to you.
If you’d like my tender flaky pie crust recipe you can click HERE.
Peel and Slice 4 cups of Granny Smith Apples. Place in a large bowl. Add 2 cups of fresh or frozen, thawed, cranberries. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 6 Tablespoons of cornstarch.
Mix together carefully and pour into bottom of pie crust. Dot two tablespoons of butter on top of pie filling.
Trim edges off the pie crust by going around the outer edge of the pie plate.
TIP for Pie Edge: Fold the crust edge inwards toward the pie filling and press down. Flute the edges of the crust with your fingers by pinching, with your thumb and pointer finger on your left hand, along the outside edge, and pressing inward, toward the pinch of your fingers, with your pointer finger on the other hand. This will give you a nice edge to your crust.
Roll your top pastry crust out about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. You’ll want it thicker so that holds together as you weave your lattice together.
Use a pizza cutter, or a very sharp knife, cut pie pastry top into 1 inch strips. These will be the strips used for creating the lattice top.
Lay 5-6 strips across the pie in one direction. Trim strips to line up with the inside of the pie crust.
Weave another 5 strips over and under the first 5-6 strips. Again trim inside to the inside edge of the crust. (I’d like to be this pie crust and trim a few inches off of me that easily! Just saying’…)
Now comes the Play dough part! ( I know your inner child was just waiting for this!)
This pie really isn’t as hard to make as it looks. This is NOT going to turn into one of those “pinterest” “nailed it” photos. You are going to be the master of your pie crust!
Use the remaining pie dough pieces, combine them, and roll them out. Use small shaped cutters, leaves, acorns, apples, etc. and cut out enough to go around the edge of the pie crust. Use a sharp paring knife to make leaf intents and acorn patterns. (Isn’t this fun…I told you…just like playing with play dough!)
Take the remaining crust and roll into “vines” or as my grand-daughter calls them…”snakes”.
Along the edge of the lattice and fluted pie edge, using a pastry brush, brush milk along the crust.
WHY: This helps the cut-outs stick to the pie dough.
Place cut outs along the inside edges of the crust. (See it’s just like nursery school play dough time! Don’t eat that dough! lol)
Start out with leaves… and cover the edges of the lattice strips. (It’s like putting the kids in front of you in the family Christmas picture! Covers all the flaws! I suddenly realize… I need 10 children!)
Next fill in the spaces with another cut out…apples, acorns, etc. Use the “snakes” or “vines” to twist around the cut-outs. Tuck them gently under the leaves.
Place a few leaves and acorns, or apples, in the center of the pie. Carefully brush entire top of crust with milk. Make sure that every thing is brushed with milk.
WHY: This allows the crust to turn a beautiful golden brown. Yes you can use egg wash for a shinning crust…I prefer milk.
Sprinkle top with sugar. Place the pie on a cookie sheet.
TIP: Placing the pie on a cookie sheet prevents it from bubbling over to the bottom of the oven and burning…making your house stink! Plus there’s that oven clean up! UGH!
Place pie in a preheated 350° oven.
Bake for 55-65 minutes.
TIP: Check the pie at 45 minutes. If the top of the crust is golden brown… place a foil tent over the top of the crust to keep it from burning. You’ll have a perfect pie crust every time if you use this method.
Continue to bake until filling is slightly bubbling up through the lattice.
This is my golden rule for the perfect fruit pie filling. Ooey-gooey beautiful bubbling filling coming up through the slits and openings is a must.
Allow pie to “set” and filling has cooled. The longer it cools the firmer the filling will be. Although it’s really great served warm!
Isn’t that a beautiful pie with beautiful filling? It tastes as good as it looks my friends! (If they’re not doing the “licking to mop up every crumb with their finger”… your friends and family have dead taste buds! D.E.A.D. and you need to be questioning your relationships with them! lol)
What makes this pie so tasty is that it’s not overly sweet and it’s not overly tart. It’s the perfect balance. It takes traditional apple pie to an entirely new level. Your guests will be swooning over this pie and requesting it for every Holiday.
Serve this delicious pie with vanilla ice cream or with a tasty cup of hot apple cider. If you’re like me…all you’ll need is a fork!
Plate? Well…I guess if ya want one!
Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram this Holiday Season for all my latest recipes! I’m going to have some fantastic recipes this year!
I’m sharing this wonderful recipe over on Meal Plan Monday. Click HERE to join us.
PIN IT FOR LATER
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.