Wednesday, November 23, 2011

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Let The Baking Begin!

Today I made my first ever from scratch apple cranberry pie! I honestly thought it was more difficult than it is to make an apple pie but now that I know better, I see many a homemade one in our future.

I peeled & sliced 5 baking apples (the supermarket had Red Roma so that's what I used) and I mixed them in a large bowl with 1.5 cups of fresh cranberries, 3/4cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of salt and tossed all of that together until the apples & cranberries were well coated and sticky. Then I added 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and mixed well again. I lined a 10" pie dish with a Pillsbury crust (because I prefer them to my own!) then poured the filling into the pie pan then put 2 pats of butter on top of the filling. I then placed the other Pillsbury crust on top and closed the edge around the pie dish. I beat an egg and brushed it on the top crust then cut 3 large slits in the crust. I placed it on a cookie sheet & baked it at 425* for 15 minutes and then loosely covered with tin foil so the crust wouldn't burn and reduced the oven 375* and baked for an hour. (Remove from oven, take the foil off and cool on a rack for 2 hours).

Once it was just about cool, I tried a very small sliced - I couldn't wait any longer I was so excited! It looked and smelled so Good! The crust is just the way I like it but I think the cranberries may be too tart and next time I'd like to add an additional quarter cup of sugar (for 1 cup total) and a quarter tsp more of cinnamon (for 1 and a quarter tsp cinnamon total). I rectified the matter by turning the slice on its' side and sprinkling it with a little cinnamon & sugar! Trés yum! I'm quite proud of myself at the moment.

I do love Thanksgiving Eve (as I like to call the day before Thanksgiving). The pumpkin pie is also baked and cooling, the oven is off and it's time to get ready for company!

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