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perfectly simple apple cranberry pie

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Cindy Smith Bryson
The beautiful Gulf Coast of, FL

This is a relatively quick and easy pie for your holiday table, especially so if you use a refrigerated (prepared) pie crust. I like to use a lattice top to showcase the colorful berries but please make this pie your own with your fave top crust. The yummy taste combination with the tartness of cranberries paired with the sweetness of apples will give your taste buds a tingle! Your only spice to add is apple pie spice. That and a dash of vanilla and a splash of RUM, who can resist? Who would even want to?!?

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We love sweet and tart desserts and this pie hit the spot! Apples and cranberries are a fantastic flavor combination. Add the buttery, sweet aroma of the rum and you have one delicious pie. The crispy lattice across the top gives a flaky cinnamon sugar spice to each bite. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and you have a divine slice of pie.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 8 - 10
prep time 25 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For perfectly simple apple cranberry pie

  • 3 c
    sweet or tart sweet apples; cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 c
    cranberries; fresh, chopped
  • 2/3 c
    white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    (heaping) apple pie spice
  • 2 tsp
    rum (cook's choice) or rum extract to taste
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 2
    refrigerated pie crust or your own pastry for double crust pie
  • 1
    egg; whipped for crust wash
  • 1 Tbsp
    heavy whipping cream

How To Make perfectly simple apple cranberry pie

Test Kitchen Tips
Make sure to use a shallower, traditional, shallower 9-inch pie plate and not a deep dish plate when preparing.
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 450.
  • Chopping cranberries.
    Wash and dry cranberries and coarsely chop.
  • Peeling and coring apples.
    Peel apples, wash and core them.
  • Slicing apples.
    Slice apples into nice even slices.
  • Combining apples and cranberries in a bowl.
    Combine apples and chopped cranberries in medium-size bowl.
  • Adding sugar, flour, and spice.
    Toss with sugar, flour, and apple pie spice.
  • Adding vanilla to the bowl.
    Pour rum and vanilla into bowl and stir lightly to distribute.
  • Placing pie crust into pan.
    Press a pie crust into a traditional shallow 9-inch pan. Do not use a deep dish pie plate.
  • Pouring apples and cranberries into crust.
    Pour your apple mixture into crust.
  • Cutting pie crust into strips.
    Roll out the second crust. Cut into even strips
  • Forming a lattice crust.
    Interweave in a basket pattern to form a lattice top.
  • Crimping the crust.
    Flute the edge of bottom pie crust to cover the strips.
  • Creating the egg wash.
    Whisk the egg wash with cream to combine.
  • Brushing egg wash onto crust.
    Using a pastry brush, wash the top of the pie with egg/cream wash.
  • Cinnamon sprinkled onto crust.
    Sprinkle some cinnamon over wash (optional).
  • Apple cranberry pie out of the oven.
    Place pie on cookie sheet. Cover lightly with foil. Cook at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake for another 40 minutes. Let pie cool for several hours on cooling rack prior to slicing to serve.