There’s something about being home for the holidays that makes me crave delicious smells from the oven, time around the fire, and fresh baked family-favorites. Being home for the holidays is also one of the only windows of time in my college career that I feel like I have a moment to breath. Thus, following exams I pack my bags, sleep for four days, and then get real old-fashioned with my cooking and baking.
This pretty pie was one that I prepared for my family on thanksgiving. I have never cooked with fresh cranberries (I almost always go for the cop-out Craisin version), so when I saw these pretty red berries in the store I knew a pie was in order!
The leaf design was the result of me having the first large chunk of free time in a while, and my desire to try something knew. You do not have to draw the leaves, it probably will not make the pie taste any better, but oooo was it fun!
I hope this holiday season that you have time to slow down. I hope you have time to try something new, like cooking with cranberries or making a homemade pie crust. I hope your days are filled with time by the fire, and that you always have enough food on your table and people to share it with.
It’s the little things.
- 2 pounds Gala Apples (about 5)
- 8 ounces fresh or frozen (not thawed) cranberries
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Pie crust (store bought or homemade!)
- Preheat the oven to 425˚F.
- Rinse, peel, core, and thinly slice your apples.
- Stir together the apples, cranberries, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
- Lay your pie crust into your pie pan, and press into the edges. Prick with a fork several times on the sides and bottom.
- Pour the apple/cranberry mix into the pie and smooth over with a spatula.
- Top the remaining pie crust and bake for 10 minutes.
- Cover the pie with aluminum foil and bake at 350˚F for another 20 minutes.*
Notes and Tips!:
- This scrumptious pie can be made with either a homemade crust or a store-bought crust. For a homemade crust, use my favorite pie crust recipe here, and double it for a pie topping. If using a store bought crust, thaw the crust in the refrigerator, and once malleable, spread into your pie pan. You will need an entire crust sheet to make the leaf design I made, if you are interested.
- To make the leaf design, use a small paring knife, draw the leaves into the dough, and then cut out! It’s simple, but slightly time-consuming.
- Source: Epicurious
- If you like this recipe, check out these other delicious holiday treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (recipes below)!: