The smell of freshly baked apple pie or tart will wake up every fiber in your body. A slice of Apple Pie served with vanilla ice cream is one of the best and loved dessert by many people. It is also a favorite during holidays. Who does not like the smell of apples, cinnamon, and ginger?
I bake an apple pie at least once a month because of my eldest nephew. He loves apple pie! I try to make other types of pies or tarts, but they do not receive the same reception and the wows my apple pie receives.
I always have apples in my fruit bowl for juicing, cooking, baking, and snack. There is nothing better than homemade applesauce.
Apples are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants that may fight inflammation and many illnesses. Homemade apple pies are perfect this time of year and especially as the leaves start to turn brown reminding us that winter is near.
Adding other fruits to apple pie is a delight. Cranberries, a sour fruit, adds not only a hint of tartness but also a vibrant color that is unforgettably delicious. Crunchy, sweet, with a hint of bitterness, a delightful dessert can just warm our hearts on special occasions.
Cranberries are one of the best berries to create a festive baked dessert that many people will come to hate or love after the first bite. They are very sour and when cooked with the right amount of sugar, they create a burst of flavors in your mouth.
The trick to making a tasty cranberry pies is to sweeten the cranberries first. Cinnamon and ginger are the perfect spices for making these little fruits worth savoring in the form of pie.
Another great tip for making your cranberry-apple pie the most delicious dessert is orange liquor or brandy. Yes!!! It adds the “Je ne sais crois” I cannot explain. It is so yummy that you will be craving for more. And not too forget the grated lemon zest that adds an aromatic lemon flavor.
A spin on French Cranberry-Apple Pie
- 1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts softened as directed
- 4 cups sliced peeled cooking apples 4 medium
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoon brandy or orange liquor
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ? cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Dash nutmeg
- ¼ cup butter or margarine
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- Heat oven to 375°F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie pan as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie.
- In large bowl, gently mix apples and cranberries. In small bowl, mix remaining filling ingredients. Add dry ingredients to fruit; toss to coat.
- Pour into crust-lined pan.
- In small bowl, mix all topping ingredients except butter and pecans. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until crumbly.
- Stir in pecans. Sprinkle evenly over filling.
- Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until apples are tender, and crust and topping are golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning.
- If desired, serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.