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Apple-Cranberry Pie


This Christmas, we are making our Apple-Cranberry Pie with Honeycrisp apples. It is so simple and has such a festive appearance. Sweet Honeycrisp apples complement tart cranberries, making this dessert a delicious combination of fall/winter fruits.





Ingredients:


PÂTE BRISÉE (makes 1 pie crust)

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits

  • 2-tablespoons cold vegetable shortening

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2-tablespoons ice water plus additional, if necessary


FILLING

  • 5-6 cups of fresh Michigan Honeycrisp apples (peeled, cored, and sliced).

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)

  • 1- teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 1-teaspoon orange zest

  • 1-teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp brandy

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup

  • pinch of kosher salt

TOPPING

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • pinch of nutmeg

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


TO MAKE PÂTE BRISÉE

  • In a large bowl, blend the flour, the butter, the vegetable shortening, and the salt until the mixture resembles a meal. Add the two tablespoons of ice water, toss the mixture until the water is incorporated, add the additional ice water if necessary to form a dough, and form the dough into a ball. Dust the dough with flour and chill it, wrapped in wax paper, for 1 hour.

  • Roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface, fit it into a 9-10-inch (6-cup capacity) pie plate, and flute the edge decoratively. Chill the shell while making the topping and the filling.

TO MAKE TOPPING:

  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the butter and toss the mixture together with your hands.

  • Break the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is the size of small pebbles-- about 4 minutes.

TO MAKE FILLING:

  • Whisk together sugar, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, orange zest, and salt in a large bowl.

  • Melt butter in a large skillet; add cranberries and apples and cook over medium-high heat until apples are slightly tender and cranberries begin to split about 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Add brandy, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla, then cook for 1 minute more. Add fruit to sugar mixture and toss together until combined.

TO BAKE:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F

  • Spoon apple and cranberry filling into the chilled bottom crust and sprinkle with crumble topping.

  • Place pie on a preheated baking sheet and bake for 60 to 65 minutes, until the crumble topping is golden and the filling is bubbling.

  • Cool the pie on a wire rack for at least 3 hours before serving (filling thickens as it cools).

ENJOY!