Apple Cranberry Walnut Pie Recipe

Our annual Apple Pie Bake-Off always provides me the chance to try new apple recipes, using the apples we’ve picked that very day.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Pie

Apples, cranberries, walnuts: wow!
A crunchy fruit-and-nut treat!

This time I wanted tang and crunch, so I came up with Apple-Cranberry-Walnut Pieyum!

9-inch pie crust, plus extra crust for if you want a covered pie or pie crust art. Recommended: Crumble topping (1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup quick oats, 1/2 cup flour, 4 TB melted butter).

4-5 cups apples
1 cup cranberries
1 cup walnuts
3/4 - 1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 TB lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon

(1 cup = about 0.25 liter; 1 tsp = 0.5 centiliter)

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Peel, core, and slice the apples. Coarsely chop the cranberries and the walnuts.

Place fruit and nuts in a large bowl and add sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Let sit for 10-20 minutes so the juices release, stirring occasionally.

Pile the mixture into the pie crust, heaping it higher in the middle. To make the crumble topping, mix oats, sugar, and flour in a small bowl. Melt butter and add slowly to the dry ingredients, mixing well. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit.

Bake the pie for about 30 minutes, then lower the oven to 325 and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, until apples feel tender and juices are bubbling around the edges.

Tips from Jane

— I tend to use Cortland or Macoun apples, but any tart apple will do. I’ve used Granny Smiths during the winter when choices are limited.

— One medium to large apple will give you about a cup of apple slices.

— You can chop fresh or frozen cranberries in a food processor or by hand with a knife. They need to be chopped only coarsely, enough to speed their cooking and enhance juiciness.

— You can also add 1/2 cup ground walnuts to the pie crust dough for an additional nutty flavor and texture.

— Since I like to fill my pies with lots of fruit, they sometimes spill over. To protect your oven, place an old baking sheet or some aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven.

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