Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Gift of Apples Leads to Apple-Cranberry Pie

The pie all started with a (very) large bag of apples from our friends' tree.  Mo said the apples were a type known as Beverly Hills.  I did a little research and found this is a California-born and bred variety known for its ease of growing and smallish yellow-green skin fruit.  It is crisp, sweet-tart and not as robust flavored as some other apples but ideal for cooking and baking.

And cooking and baking I did.  I hope to post all the recipes here, but we all know how slow I am to do that.  A number of folks have asked for this apple-cranberry pie recipe, so that prompted me to sit down and at least write this post up.

So far I have turned the apples into:

  • Apple, Sauerkraut and Bean Saute served over noodles
  • Roasted Applesauce with Warm Spices -- eaten warm, cold and at room temperature, by itself or with soy yogurt or regular whipped cream as a snack or dessert or plain as a side dish to grilled, smoked turkey. 
  • Shredded Green Apple Salad with Thai Flavors -- as a side dish to the Thai Vegetable Curry Baked in a Pumpkin
  • Apple-Cranberry Pie with Granola Streusel
And I still have some more apples to go. Gary is asking for more of the applesauce and I have some other ideas that are, shall we say, the apple of my eye, to experiment with.

Apple-Cranberry Pie with Granola Streusel
Serves 16 (Makes 2 deep-dish pies)

Use a sweet-tart apple good for baking such as a Granny Smith, Pippin or the northern California favorite - Gravensteins.  I prefer to leave the peel on, which makes the pie preparation very quick.  I had a cup of cranberries leftover from another recipe and tossed them into the pie recipe with very pleasing results.  Gary had just made a batch of his granola and I borrowed some for the streusel topping.  If your granola has raisins that get a bit overcooked when the pie is cooking, just pick them out.

Frozen cranberries are fine, just don't defrost before using.  Be sure to pick a granola that has a cinnamon flavor (as opposed to mango, pumpkin or some of the other versions out there right now).  Better yet, make a batch of Gary's and use some in this recipe.

Feel free to use commercially prepared pie crusts.  If frozen, use without defrosting.

6 cups 1/2" chunks of apple (see note above)
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 cup fresh, whole cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 prepared deep-dish 9" pie crusts

4 Tbs. butter (or non-dairy margarine if desired)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 and 1/2 cups granola (see note above)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss apple chunks with lemon juice. Combine with cranberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg.  Mix well.  Divide into 2 pie crusts. Make topping. Cream butter (or margarine) with the sugars. Using a fork, mix in flour and cinnamon until crumbly then thoroughly mix in granola.  Scatter streusel topping evenly atop the two pies.  Place pies on baking sheet in middle section of oven.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 20-30 minutes until the apples are tender and the filling is bubbling.  Cool in pie pans on rack.

1 comment:

Rob Johnson said...

Looks awesome, great food sensory!