Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mile High Apple Pie with Cranberries - Pink Saturday

This is a wonderfully rosy pink pie that's perfect for the fall season. It can be made at other times of year without the cranberries. The apples in the pie will retain their shape as they bake, but they will be reduced in volume and there will be a void between the apples and the crust. If you prefer softer apples or don't care for the hollow, I urge you to partially cook them before they're placed in the pastry shell. I use Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples to make the pie because they retain their shape and are not overly sweet. When I make the pie without cranberries I cut way back on the amount of sugar used in the filling, so the measurement for sugar that is shown in the recipe is variable. We serve this warm with really good vanilla ice cream. Here's the recipe.

Mile High Apple Pie with Cranberries
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

8 cups apples, pared, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
1 to 2 cups cranberries (optional)
1/3 to 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 to 3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
Pastry for a 2 crust pie
1 egg yolk + 1 teaspoon milk

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2) Place apples and cranberries(if using) in a large bowl. Mix sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl to combine. Sprinkle mixture over apples and let sit until juices begin to form, about 15 minutes.
3) While apples rest, roll half of pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate with 1/2-inch overhang. Roll remaining dough to form top crust for pie, folding into quarters.
4) Pile apple mixture into pastry. Dot with butter. Moisten edge of pastry with water. Place folded pastry on apples with point in the center. Unfold. Press edges together to seal. Flute. Make several holes or slits in crust to allow steam to escape.
5) Mix yolk with milk and brush top of pastry with mixture. Bake pie for 1 hour, or until crust is deep golden brown and juices are bubbling through slits. If crust browns too rapidly, cover with foil. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

This post is being linked to Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.


Coleens Recipes said...

What a beautiful pie, PERFECT for fall (or the holidays).

Abatevintage said...

Oh wow these pies turned out wonderful almost fake looking they look so good. You know how you walk into a store and see all these fake displays and you might be tired this day and not know they are fake and say I will take that one, then the clerk says, sorry lady they are fake, and you say well when you make me the real thing make it look like that one? This is the kind of cooking you have, you want it to turn out like yours, but I garuntee you if I tried it would look like a fast food joint that just threw it together, I am not good in the kitchen, but I sure do wish I was every day I visit ya. Your a delight.


Happy pink Saturday

Anonymous said...

My mouth is watering :-) The brown crust, the filling overflowing. Oh hear, and the smell! Yup, its creeping through the monitor. :-)

As always Mary . . . as always

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Happy pink Saturday Mary. Your mile high apple pie is gorgeous. It's breakfast time here, but a slice of your pie and a cup of coffee would sure start my day off in the right direction.

Martha said...

The perfect pink Saturday post -- love apple anything with cranberries! Your pie look delicious!

Anonymous said...

I love the look of your pie crust -I never thought to add cranberries sounds and looks delicious. We also make our pies with yellow delicious.

Samantha said...

Beautiful! I am so intimidated by pie, but it's on my list of things to learn soon. This recipe will be high on my list!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Apple pie is just so comforting and brings us back to our childhood.

bj said...

What an impressive looking apple of my favorite pies in the whole world. I MUST give this one a try.
Have a blessed and fun weekend...
xo bj

jeanne said...

Good morning Mary. Wow, that is a lovely deep dish pie. I am definitely going to make this pie. I love the combination with the cranberries. Mmmmmm, I would love a piece right now. I love pie for breakfast. Of course, there are only two times a year I will do this. Thanksgiving and Christmas. My family has a recipe for sour cream raisin pie that is only made for those two holidays. My grandmother's recipe. It is tradition for us to get together for a piece of that pie on the morning after those holidays. We loved our grandmother and it is our way of celebrating her life. I will make it and post it this fall.

Hugs, Jeanne

Dixie said...

Mary, that pie looks absolutely delicious! I love the combo of apples and cranberries... now all I need is homemade ice cream!

happy Pink Saturday! Dixie

Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

That pie gets an extra YUM!! I love fall desserts!
Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.
Happy pink day!...xo Tami

Catharina Maria said...

You are the most perfect blogger for me !
Always a lovely comment for me .
Your apple-pie looks terrific !
Love from Rini

Char said...

Oh Mary, that looks so yummy. I wish I had a piece to go with my tea right now. Thankyou so much for the tip too. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Mary said...

This looks and sounds just delicious Mary!
It's a rainy cold day here...great day for baking pies with the kids :)
Thank you for sharing and
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs, Mary

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, Mary, this sounds so heavenly! I can smell it now . . . and taste it!!! I'd love a piece to go along with my coffee!

Have a fab PiNk SaTuRdAy!


JJ said...

Yhose photos have made me dribble - I'm starving.
Glad I don't live near as I would be camping by your back door.

Short and Sweet said...

MMMMMM good. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice weekend.

Lynn said...

Delicious pink Saturday post!
Perhaps I should have included my recipe for fried Spam!

My husband makes good pies. :)

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Oh my. You must have a LOT of friends when you can bake like that. Have a great P. Saturday!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Yummy, plan to make one tomorrow. Thanks again for sharing the recipe. I believe I'll pile my piece mile high with some ice cream...hugs ~lynne~ :-))

Sue said...

Oh, I never thought to add cranberries to my apple pie. What a wonderful combination that my husband would love. Thank you for visiting me yesterday, I appreciate your comment.


Geli said...

Oh Mary this looks soooo yum!!!

Thank you for yet another wonderful Pink Saturday contribution!

Have a wonderful weekend1

Anonymous said...

Drooling perfect yummy for this Nor'easter we are having except I would eat the whole thing! Yum!
Thank you for lovely comment bracing myself for next storm today!!

Cinnamonstitch said...

oh,,That looks so good, I just love coming to your blog, everything is so yummy.
Thank you for sharing

The Old Parsonage said...

Mmm... I have appples and cranberries on the brain. This looks wonderful, I just wish I could have the scent here too!


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

As my 4 yr old grandson Logan says, " Pie, pie, pie!" Your pie looks so delicious! Beautiful!!! Have a great pink Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

Rebecca said...

Happy Pink Saturday to you Mary! Thanks for coming by earlier. I have my "real" pink post up now. I was running a bit late.

Back Porch Blessings,

Michelle said...

Mary-This one might just be the one perfect pie is my favorite, and I've never had it with cranberries...I will be making one this weekend, running to the market now for cranberries and I think I will splurge and endulge in some vanilla bean ice cream {softened with some cinnamon mixed in and refroze, I think}, and may be a piece of cheddar cheese in memory of my dad, I don't know why but he always like a piece of cheddar cheese with his apple pie and ice cream, fall memories {food always brings us closer to our loved ones, don't you think}....have a great week and thank you for all your inspiration.

Abatevintage said...

Hello thank you so much for visiting me this pink Saturday and your lovely comments on Destiny. She had so much fun participating. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Happy Pink Saturday

Mollye said...

Well ......... Yum cannot be said loud enough for this pie! It looks like a rhubard/strawberry pie I made once and forgot the sugar. The kids reminded me of that last night as the one and only most horrible thing I ever made that they could not eat one bite of! Mighty tasy pink here though!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Such a pretty pie--love the combo of the apples and cranberries.

lisa said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Wow, now that's an apple pie. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I visit everyday and am never disappointed.


Susie Jefferson said...

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow! I wish I lived next door to you.

A very very Happy Pink Saturday, sweetie!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...


Anonymous said...

OMG!...Mary, I would love that pie ANYTIME!...could you BEAM me up a piece? lol!
Wonderful PS post!

Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting my blog; I feel honored that you do. I'm always so impressed with your beautiful food. I wish I lived near you so I could be your student. Thanks for sharing this pie. I'm going to add it to our Thanksgiving table this year. Happy Pink Saturday.

Vicki said...

Hi, Mary,
Mmm... I can almost smell that delicious pie here in Texas! I prefer my apples a little firmer so I don't think I would cook them first! We have Blue Bell ice cream here and their homemade vanilla really tastes homemade! Blue Bell would be perfect with your pie. Autumn blessings to you, dear friend! Vicki

Debbie said...

That is one beautiful pie. The top crust is just lovely!

xinex said...

Looks wonderful, Mary! Thanks for sharing the recipe...Christine

Anonymous said...

looks delicious!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Unknown said...

It's look so good!!!
Happy Pink Saturday.

Tricia said...

What beautiful pies! I'm not that imaginative of a cook, but your blog makes me want to be. I must try your apple custard pie with streusel topping. I'll be back again to visit your blog.

Thanks, too, for visiting my blog. Hope you had a wonderful Pink Saturday!

♥Mimi♥ said...

Sorry I'm a little late. Seems like when the sun is out I feel a desperate need to go outside and run errands or just life my face to the heavens and soak in the last rays before winter hits my neck of the woods.

It's always so much fun to share in the pink goodness of the blogs gathered together for Pink Saturday. A collection of some of the nicest women and prettiest blogs in cyberspace!

Gonna make that pie this week, yes, I am!

Wishing you a weekend filled with l♥ve and sunshine!

LV said...

O' my you are killing me with all these goodies. It is a good thing I do not live at your house, I would be big as a barrel. Love dropping in to see what you fix for s today.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mary, it looks so pretty. That's a wonderful tip about which apples to use. Granny Smiths are my favorites. Not only do I love the flavor, but I love the color! I love the way cranberries sound in this pie, too.

Thanks for the recipe. Here's wishing you a Happy Pink Saturday and rest of the weekend...


Sheila :-)

Kathleen said...

I'd love some, thank you! It looks wonderful!

figtree said...

I usually wait till November to bake pies, now I want to make this pie!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My husband's favorite dessert is apple pie. The cranberries make it very festive. I love your shint crust!

Happy Pink Saturday Mary!

2 Dogs said...

Oh I can taste that all the way from here! Yummy!!! Hugs

Barbara Jean said...

I don't bake much, or even cook fancy meals, but this pie looks soooo good!!

I sure do appreciate your visits .

Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

barbara jean

noble pig said...

What a beautiful twist for a Christmas apple pie! Lovely idea with the cranberries.

theUngourmet said...

Beautiful pie for a Pink Saturday. I like the combination of the cranberries and apples.

My Little Space said...

This is such a mouthwatering piece of pie ever! Can you bake an extra one for me pleaseeee....?


Hi Mary,

Thanks for stopping by to say hello this fine Pink Saturday. That Mile High Apple Pie looks divine!


Elena said...

It was hard scrolling past the above post - it sounds so yum - and then I got to ps and this one looks just as good, lol.

Happy pink saturday Mary - have a great week. Thank you for your kind words.

ciao for now,
Elena :)

Katy ~ said...

Oh my. Cranberries and apples baked into a gorgeous, gorgeous pie!

Ivy Lane said...

One PERFECT PIE!!!! Hope your Pink Saturday was fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Your pie picture makes me so hungry,Mary!Mmmm-mmm.
Thanks for visiting my blog and Happy Pink Saturday to you.

storyteller said...

Oh my ... what a BEAUTIFUL pie! Methinks I'd love to have a piece of that right now while I'm catching up on blog visits. Thanks for visiting my Pink Saturday at Happily Retired Gal this weekend.
Hugs and blessings,

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Mary.

This pie looks delicious. I use Granny Smith apples in my pie, too. I'll have to try your recipe with the cranberries.

And, I like to have a nice, sharp cheese with my pie.

Leslie said...

Happy Pink Saturday a day late! This pie looks delicious! Please stop by my blog-I'm doing a giveaway until Friday, 10/23. Hugs, Leslie

Lori said...

Oh my - that is some mile high pie, isnt it. Mary, you are an incredible cook/baker. Love the cranberry 'twist'!

Charlene said...

Mary, thank you for stopping to see me for Pink Saturday. I am sorry I am late coming by to visit. It was our Annv. this weekend & my hubby surprised me & took me out of town. I had no now I am behind but, it was so much fun. That pie looks so good. The mix of apples & cranberries is always a winner. Have a great week.

Diana said...

I love fruit cakes and this pie looks great. You can check out my Blackberry Cake, maybe you will like it.
Best regards!

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