Ooh, boy, are y’all in for a treat today! It’s pie time!
I’m a bit of a pie snob. I used to think that I didn’t like pie, but no. I just don’t care for store bought pie crust all that much. It’s so bland and boring. Thick, flaky, homemade crust is where it’s at!
But, but, but…it’s so hard. I’ve failed at many a pie crust. In fact, just this Thanksgiving, I tossed a couple of crusts out after blind baking them (they were awful!) and opted for a graham cracker crust because I had overworked and ruined the dough. Usually I get it right, but sometimes I don’t. I keep trying though!
I was super excited to take this Perfecting The Perfect Pie Crust class from Craftsy.
I’ve had my eye on their classes for awhile and I was excited to try one out. The pie crust class was about 3 hours in length, broken up into 7 manageable lessons. That’s a lot of learning, you guys!
I learned why my last pie crust failed…it was because I used shortening in the food processor. I love the food processor for pie dough, but apparently frozen butter works best if you go that route! We were also taught to make three different types of dough, learned all about rolling the dough out, blind baking a crust, thickeners, and decorating the crust. The instructor, Evan, even shared her apple pie recipe with us.
I loved that I was able to take this course online when it was convenient for me. The Craftsy class area has a section for notes, for downloaded materials from your instructor, and best of all, you can comment right to the side of the video and get responses from your instructor!
You can check out the pie crust recipe I used for this delicious Cranberry Apple Pie over on Craftsy. In the meantime, be sure to scroll down for my filling recipe.
I absolutely loaded this pie up with tart apples, cranberries, and a bit of sweet brown sugar. The flavor was sweet and tart and perfect for this time of year! I think I’ll be making this again for Christmas dinner.
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Cranberry Apple Pie
Yield: 1 pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 65 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
7 tart apples (I used a mix of Granny Smith and Pink Lady)
12 ounces fresh cranberries
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
juice of half a lemon
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
sprinkling of granulated sugar, for crust
Peel and slice the apples into 1/8 inch thick slices. Add to a large mixing bowl and squeeze lemon juice over the top. Stir in the cranberries, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Toss to combine well.
Place one pie crust in a pie pan. Add apple mixture to the crust. It will seem like you have way too many apples, but just mound them up as high as you can. Top with the remaining piece of pie crust and seal the edges. Slice 4 1-inch slits in the top pie crust to vent. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and continue baking for 45 minutes. Cover edges of pie crust with foil if they start browning too quickly.
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