Rustic Apple and Dried Cranberry Pie

"I am hopeless when it comes to making pie crusts. Mine taste good, but they always look terrible! This is a freeform pie that looks nice even when *I* make it! Easy to make, so delicious to eat, and something a little different than the normal apple pie. I clipped this recipe out of a magazine years ago, but I can't remember which one. Time does not include chill time for the crust."
 
Rustic Apple and Dried Cranberry Pie created by lilbrattymonster
Ready In:
1hr 10mins
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
12
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ingredients

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directions

  • PASTRY: Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor with a metal chopping blade; pulse to mix.
  • Add butter and shortening and pulse 5-8 more times until the mixture looks like coarse oatmeal.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 the water and pulse.
  • Gradually add in more of the water in the same manner until the dough holds together when pinched with your fingertips (you may not need all of it).
  • On a floured surface, form the dough into a ball and then flatten into a disk.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and for up to 3 days.
  • FILLING: Toss apples, cranberries, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and spices together in a large bowl; set aside.
  • BAKING AND ASSEMBLY: Preheat oven to 400°F Roll dough on a floured surface to make a 15 inch circle.
  • Fold dough into quarters; place on a large baking sheet and unfold.
  • Place filling in the center of the pastry, leaving a 2 1/2 border all around.
  • Fold the pastry border over the filling (I fold this in several small sections- some pieces of the crust will overlap each other, and this is just how it should be; remember that it's a rustic pie).
  • Brush pastry with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Pull oven rack out so you can get to the pie; cover the pie with foil and bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack.
  • Cover and store pie at room temperature.

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  1. OMG Chef MartiJ
    I ate half the pie and gave my family the rest! This is the best pie I have ever had. The only changes I made: substituted the all purpose flour for whole wheat flour, 1/3 c sugar for 1/3 c honey, added 1 granny smith apple and added 1TBS butter...FANTASTICO!!!! Next I'm gonna try it with whole grain pie crusts.
     
  2. OMG Chef MartiJ
    I ate half the pie and gave my family the rest! This is the best pie I have ever had. The only changes I made: substituted the all purpose flour for whole wheat flour, 1/3 c sugar for 1/3 c honey, added 1 granny smith apple and added 1TBS butter...FANTASTICO!!!! Next I'm gonna try it with whole grain pie crusts.
     
  3. gwynn
    This is a fabulous tasting pie. The cranberries were just perfect in it. The sweetness was right on. Thanks for posting this lovely pie.
     
  4. lilbrattymonster
    Rustic Apple and Dried Cranberry Pie Created by lilbrattymonster
  5. lilbrattymonster
    Beautiful! Simple, quick, and very easy to prepare! Yummy too! I can't account for the crust, as I made a different one, but the filling, and the "rustic" folding technique was so great! Now I don't have to try to dig it out of a pie pan! Thanks for sharing :)
     

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My husband and I married straight out of college in July of 1992. I work as the Assistant Manager at a wine shop which allows me to drink on the job! (OK, not that much, but it's still a fun job...) Besides helping customers choose wine they will like (and also help with food and wine pairings for their menus), I also get to help with the catering end of the business, so I get to spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen making fun appetizers and beautiful food displays. I also work part-time at the fromagerie next door. So yeah - that means I eat on the job, too. :^D We live on several peaceful wooded acres on a cute little river in rural NE Wisconsin, with a cranky old-lady Burmese and whatever stray outdoor cats that have decided to adopt us on any given day. The cute puppy in the picture is Jake, our Elhew-bred English Pointer that we brought home on Easter weekend 2007. I've also got 2 painted turtles named Dennis and Fuzz, and a bunch of fish (koi and goldfish, along with the guppies & swordtails in the turtle tank). I USUALLY eat and cook healthy, but I rarely pass up dessert, either. I do not eat red meat, and try to limit other animal products, too. I love to bake, although I seem to collect a lot of scone and biscotti recipes which I NEVER get around to making. I bake and eat A LOT of cookies and muffins... I almost always reduce the sugar by 1/4 and use whole wheat pastry flour for at least part of the flour. Those two changes do so much to make recipes healthier without compromising taste. I try to reduce fat whenever I can, too, but while I want to eat healthy, I still want to ENJOY what I eat!!! I seem to give a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews here - I seem to have a pretty good sense of what I like by looking at a recipe before I try it. Thank you to anyone that tries my recipes in return, or photographs them. Amber: <img src="http://netnet.net/~mkburie/amber2.jpg"> ........And a grown up Jake (one year old in January 2008) :) - <img src="http://netnet.net/~mkburie/JAKE111307.JPG"> Charlotte (May 27, 1992-June 1, 2009): <img src="http://netnet.net/~mkburie/Charlott.jpg"> Ashley: Adopted October 8, 1996 - Passed Away January 6, 2009 <img src="http://netnet.net/~mkburie/ashley2.jpg"> Mike: September 26, 1994 - March 19, 2004<img src="http://netnet.net/~mkburie/mike1997-lr.JPG">.... <a href='http://www.niftymaps.com/visitor-map.php?id=36321'><img src='http://i.niftymaps.com/36321.png' alt='Click to zoom in on my visitor map!' border='0'></a>Create your free world <a href='http://www.niftymaps.com/' target='_blank'>visitor maps</a>
 
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