Apple Cranberry Pie

This Apple Cranberry Pie is filled with Granny Smith apples and fresh cranberries – it’s a great dessert for cold winter days!  Don’t forget the sparkling sugar on top!

Apple Cranberry PieAh, Thanksgiving is almost here!  Chances are you are either packing up to head out of town soon or friends and family will be arriving at your place shortly.  I love this holiday.  It’s a perfect time to finally slow down from the hectic pace of everyday life and enjoy some quality time with friends and family.

Oh, and a roaring fire in the fireplace and the parade and football games on tv just add to the overall coziness factor!  If you are doing some last minute hunting for a Thanksgiving pie, may I suggest this Apple Cranberry Pie.  The cranberries lend a delicious tartness that balances quite well with the apples.  I use Granny Smith apples which are a bit tarter than most apples.  Then I serve this pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  And the generous amount of coarse sugar that is sprinkled on top of this pie before it goes in the oven is quite simply amazing.  Yum!

Apple Cranberry PieIf you’re somewhat hesitant to make your own pie dough, then take a look at my Pie Dough Tutorial Post.  Pie dough is really not that hard, and it tastes SO much better than the store-bought version.  The simplicity and ease of store-bought dough is certainly appealing, though.  But I challenge you to use homemade dough for this pie…you won’t regret it!

Apple Cranberry PieI’m not lying when I say this is one delicious pie.  Even if you’ve already lined up your desserts for Thanksgiving Day, there is still the weekend to think about.  This pie would go great with a cup of coffee while you are sitting around the fire chatting with friends and family (or while you are pretending to chat when really watching a football game over your mother-in-law’s shoulder).  Here’s to a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving!

Apple Cranberry Pie

Apple Cranberry Pie

This Apple Cranberry Pie is filled with Granny Smith apples and fresh cranberries - it's a great dessert for cold winter days!  Don't forget the sparkling sugar on top!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 419kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 homemade or store-bought pie crusts
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4" slices
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces cranberries about 3 cups
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 Tbsp coarse sugar such as turbinado sugar

Instructions

For the Filling

  • In a large saucepot (with lid) or Dutch oven, combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cornstarch. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat until apples begin to turn soft, about 13-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add lemon juice and vanilla extract, and stir. Set aside and let cool.
  • In another saucepan, add cranberries, granulated sugar, and water. Stir until well combined.
  • Cook over medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes, or until cranberries start to break down. Set aside and let cool.

To Assemble

  • Roll out first portion of pie dough into a circle approximately 11" in diameter. Transfer dough into pie pan.
  • Stir together the apple and cranberry mixtures and then fill pie pan with filling.
  • Roll out the remaining portion of pie dough into a circle approximately 10" in diameter. Transfer to the top of the pie.
  • Brush edges with beaten egg and press together. Crimp edges as desired.
  • {Optional} If additional scraps of pie dough remain, roll them out and use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Brush one side with egg and press gently onto top of pie.
  • Brush top of entire pie (including edges) with beaten egg. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Bake at 400°F for about 60 minutes, or until crust turns golden brown. (Note: If necessary, cover edges with foil to prevent burning.)
  • Let pie cool for at least 1 hour before serving.

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8 Comments

  1. Omg, this sounds delicious! My husband and I are a sucker for pies so I don’t need it to be Thanksgiving to make this gorgeous thing. I’m totally with you…homemade crust all the way. 🙂
    I’ll be that person watching the parade, fire on, football game later, food all around, with good family. 🙂
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  2. This is a beautiful pie and I just cannot get over how golden and flaky that crust looks. I love the combination of apples and cranberries very much. I am looking forward to relaxing on the couch watching the parade and re-runs of Law and Order! I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. Brace up for the storm 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Zainab! Haha…your Thanksgiving break sounds a lot like mine. Parade, L&O re-runs, and of course plenty of football! Have a great one…hope you have a lot of firewood! 🙂

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