Friday, October 19, 2012

Apple Cranberry Pie made with Pate Brisee Dough using my own Honey and Dried Cranberries

Cranberry Apple Honey Pie made with Pate Brisee

I recently visited Russell's Orchards in Ipswich, MA

Local Cortland Apples from Russell's

Pate Brisee Pie Crust - Makes enough for 2 crusts or 1 Apple Pie

Using a Food Processor place the first 4 ingredients into the food processor and pulse until you have a granular looking pea sized meal. While food processor is running add 6 Tbsp ice water and run food processor until a ball forms. DO not over mix. Make two balls of dough and place in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour while you peel and slice the apples.

21/2 c. King Arthur Flour plus a little extra for rolling out dough
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp sugar
6-8 Tbsps. ice water

Apple Mixture over Bottom Crust
Core, Peel, and Slice 4-5 Large Cortland Apples into a bowl, add 1/2 c. Honey, 2 Tbs. Cinnamon, 1/2 c. dried cranberries (I take fresh cranberries and dry them in my Excalibur Dehydrator) and 2 Tbsp. Flour. Toss everything together so the apple slices are coated.

Roll out the dough using the extra flour to make 2 make 2 crusts. I use a pastry mat to do this and it makes clean up so easy.

Place Apple mixture in pie plate after lining it with a crust and then place the 2nd crust on top and flute the edges with your thumb. I brush milk across the top.

My own Dried Cranberries
I preheat oven to 425 degrees and then I place pie in middle to high rack and I immediately turn down oven to 350 degrees and set timer for 45 minutes. At 1/2 way point, I take out the pie and place it on a bottom rack so the crust doesn't get overdone.

Pie with Milk Wash ready to go into the Oven!
After 45 minutes I watch the pie carefully and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from Oven and let cool a bit before serving. Wonderful with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream.

There is something really amazing about baking Apple Pies in the Fall. Maybe it is the leaves turning and the chill in the air. The small in the house is out of this world!

A wonderful way to use the Honey from my hives, local apples, and my own dried cranberries.

I hope you can smell the pie just by looking at these photos. It is exquisitely beautiful!

Happy Fall, Melissa