Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pie Week Day 6: Apple Cranberry

This apple cranberry pie is a nice twist on traditional apple pies.  It is a lovely pie.  The cranberries make it very showy.  

Apple-Cranberry Pie

In a big microwaveable bowl combine:
3 ½ lbs (6 –7) sweet apples, peeled, cored, sliced
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt

Microwave—stirring every 3 minutes—until apples begin to turn translucent, usually about 18 minutes (possibly as few as 10). Remove from microwave allow to cool.

In saucepan combine:
2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt

Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cooking until it is very thick–like jam. Stir in ¼ cup water. Cool to room temperature.

Preheat over to 425 with baking sheet inside. Roll out bottom pie crust and fit into pie plate. Spread cranberry jam into bottom crust. 

Arrange cooled apples, mounding in the middle. Add top crust. Place pie in oven on hot baking sheet. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, rotate pie, reduce heat to 375 and bake a further 25 – 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack at least 2 hours.

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