This spiced Cranberry Apple Crumble Pie is a great dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
Good morning! I woke up with a bit of a cold or bad allergies this morning, and have been moving around the house rather sluggishly as a result. When I’m just mildly sick like this, I can never decide whether to be all tough and go tackle my daily workout and other projects OR to sit still and rest for awhile. I feel just ok enough to try to work on some projects, but at the same time my body is saying, “Stop!”
In today’s post, we’re doing two things! #1: I have compiled a list of 15 Thanksgiving dinner recipe ideas that are on my website. #2: I’m sharing a delicious Cranberry Apple Crumble Pie recipe!
Over the next couple of months, I’m going to be doing a series of family favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes/desserts (starting with this pie), and that’s going to be very fun. 🙂 I love Christmas and Thanksgiving baking, so I’m looking forward to sharing some of my favorite holiday recipes. I like to hear about everyone else’s favorite traditions, foods, and memories as well, so feel free to tell me what foods you get excited about at holiday celebrations!
So, first off, here are 15 Thanksgiving dinner ideas that are already on my website! Disclaimer: You will never see a recipe for anything concerning ham on my blog because I generally despise pork. To all of you who love pork around the holidays, sorry, you’ll have to look elsewhere for recipes! 🙂
- Baked Butternut Squash – personally, I prefer this dish to the traditional sweet potato casserole. Butternut squash has a wonderful flavor, and this baked version is so easy to make. It’s on the healthier side too, even though it tastes like a dessert!
- Molasses Cookies – you can’t go wrong with a classic! These cookies are full of spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, which perfectly compliment the molasses flavor.
- Golden Crescent Rolls – a Christmas and Thanksgiving favorite in my family! One of my grandmas made these homemade crescent rolls on a regular basis when I was a kid, and the holidays don’t feel complete without them. 🙂
- Pumpkin Cake Roll – a spongy, pumpkin cake wrapped around a cream cheese filling center. This dessert is one of Casey’s personal favorites!
- Fudgy Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies – my take on a cookie recipe that was/is popular with my family. We found the original recipe in a cookbook and really enjoyed it. I’ve made my own changes to adapt the recipe to what it is now. Great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any occasion really!
- Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies – if you like cranberries as much as I do, here are some cookies for you. 🙂
- Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Bread – a whole wheat, sweet (but not too sweet) bread containing lots of pumpkin and dark chocolate chips! If you’re not a fan of super sweet desserts and prefer something on the lighter side, this bread is a good option.
- Butternut Spice Bread – another flavorful sweet bread, this time made with butternut squash. Personally, I like it even better than pumpkin bread! If you haven’t done any baking with butternut squash, you need to give it a try!
- Quick & Healthy Apple Crisp – if you lose track of time and find yourself needing a quick, last minute dessert idea, this apple crisp is a great option! It can be ready in 20 minutes. 🙂
- Hot Fudge Pudding Cake – for someone who says, “Forget the pumpkin; I want all the chocolate!” This dessert is easy to make and feeds a crowd (or one person if you’re talking about me).
- Quick Chicken (or Turkey) Tetrazzini – when Thanksgiving is over and you have lots of turkey in the fridge and you are tired of cooking, try this quick microwave Tetrazzini to use up those leftovers!
- Fluffy Pumpkin Yogurt Pancakes – honestly, I usually don’t eat much for breakfast on Thanksgiving, but for those of you who do, these pumpkin pancakes are an easy and fun idea for Thanksgiving morning. The yogurt adds some protein and makes the pancakes very filling, which is nice if your extended family is the type who announces Thanksgiving dinner will be at noon and then doesn’t actually start eating until 2:00.
- Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal – another tasty breakfast option for Thanksgiving morning!
- Easy Honey Glazed Carrots – a simple and healthy side dish. I always go for the vegetables first at Thanksgiving dinner, so these are right up my alley.
- Good Earth Rolls – quite frankly, one of the best whole wheat dinner roll recipes I have ever found. Enough said. 🙂
There will be a lot more recipes coming over the next 8 weeks, so stay tuned! 😉
Let’s move on to the Cranberry Apple Crumble Pie! This recipe is from a clipping that I have in one of my scrapbooks; I’m uncertain as to where I originally found it.
One of the things I love about pies with crumble topping is that I don’t have to work hard to make them look pretty. Here is the recurring story of my pie making: I see a picture of a beautiful pie crust online, ambitiously march into the kitchen ready to recreate it, and my crust looks like a Pinterest fail. I’m sure it takes practice and patience.
I prefer to use butter rather than shortening in my pie crusts, and that’s what I did with this one. I grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients and stir in some ice water with a fork just until the mixture forms a soft dough. This makes the crust perfectly flaky!
On top of that buttery crust is a thick layer of sliced apples and cranberries tossed with spices and brown sugar. A crumbly butter and brown sugar topping is sprinkled over the fruit.
If you’re a cranberry fan, you will love this pie. If you don’t like cranberries, well, I can’t help you. 😉
Cranberry Apple Crumble Pie
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon cold butter
- 4-6 Tablespoons ice water
- 4 cups peeled and sliced apples
- 2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
- 3/4 cup refined sugar
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Dash ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
In a medium sized bowl, combine flour and salt. Grate in cold butter and toss gently with fork just until incorporated with flour. Stir in ice water gradually with fork until mixture forms dough (you may need more or less than what is called for in recipe). Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator
While pie dough is chilling, peel and slice apples and rinse cranberries. Combine in a large bowl. In a separate, small bowl, stir together refined sugar, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add mixture to fruit and toss gently to combine.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove crust from refrigerator and roll out into a circle of about 1/8th inch thickness, large enough to cover 9 inch pie plate. Gently press crust into plate and trim off any excess. Shape crust edges as preferred. Pour fruit mixture into crust.
In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over pie.
Bake for 45 minutes or until pie is turning golden in center and filling is bubbly. If crust looks like it will get too brown, cover pie lightly with aluminum foil for remainder of baking time.
~K in the Kitchen