I love baking and I really love pie, which is why it's surprising that I've never made an apple pie before. Apple is T's favorite kind of pie and it's probably my second favorite (behind pumpkin). I found a really basic recipe, and then decided to spice it up with some dried cranberries, spices and a lot of crust.
This recipe is based off of the recipe found here, with my a few changes I made.
Apple Cranberry Pie
Yields 1 pie
3 refrigerated pie crusts (my favorite is Pillsbury, always flaky. This sounds like a lot of crust, but I did a lattice top so I needed the extra crust)
1/2c unsalted butter
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2c white sugar
1/2c packed brown sugar
4 Granny Smith apples, 2 sweeter apples like Pink Ladies or another red apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I know, it's not pumpkin, but it just made sense to me. Same spices)
1/2 dried cranberries
1. In a large bowl, mix apples with spices and dried cranberries to combine. Unroll pie crust and cover 9inch pie pan. Transfer apple into pan.
2. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour. Add sugars, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn it! I might have to done this the first time I made it....oops.
3. Roll out the other crust, cut into strips and lay out a lattice work on top of the apples. Cut off any extra and seal around the outside.
4. Place pie on a baking sheet. Carefully pour sugar mixture over the top of the lattice crust. Pour slowly so it doesn't run all over.
5. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce heat to 350 for 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. Yum.
For me, this was one of those things that you make and then are surprised by how delicious it is! First apple pie I've ever made and will definitely be making this again. All it needed was some homemade whipped cream plopped on top. Enjoy! :)