Sunday, November 05, 2006

Pie Recipes #179 - Streusel Apple Pie Recipe with Dried Cranberries (Craisins)

Another good one found at and this one sounded to yummy not to share ... enjoy! Dorina =)

Streusel Apple Pie with Dried Cranberries

A wonderful alternative to traditional apple pie with a crisp, streusel topping.

Prep time: 1.5 hours, Cook Time: 1 hour, Makes: One single-crust 9-inch pie

1 1/4 c. unbleached organic all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. organic, trans-fat free shortening (available at Wild Oats)
6 Tbsp. Wild Oats Organic Unsalted Butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 to 4 tsp. ice-cold waterextra flour for dusting

3 organic Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and quartered
5 organic McIntosh Apples, peeled, cored and quartered
3 Tbsp. Wild Oats Organic Unsalted Butter
juice from one lemon
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice, ground
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. brandy
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. Wild Oats Organic Maple Syrup

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place flour, salt, sugar, shortening in a food processor. Pulse until combined (about 10 to 12 seconds). Add half the butter, pulse until combined. Add the rest of the butter, pulse until combined. The mixture should resemble coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle 4 to 6 teaspoons water over the flour. Pulse until mixture holds together and forms a ball. Add more water if needed. Remove from processor, pat into a round disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or for up to 2 days. Remove dough from refrigerator. Sprinkle dough and work surface with flour. Place dough on work surface, and using a rolling pin, roll out to a 11- to 13-inch circle. Roll the dough over the rolling pin, and unroll it onto pie pan. Press dough gently into pan. Use kitchen shears to trim excess dough within a half inch of the edge of the pan. Tuck excess dough underneath itself, making it even with the pie pan. Flute the edge of the crust, or use a fork to seal the crust.

Refrigerate crust for 30 minutes. Fold a 24-inch piece of foil in half and press into pie shell. Place ceramic or metal pie weights on foil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pie weights by carefully removing foil from pie shell. Bake 5 minutes longer for partially baked crust. Set on wire rack to cool. Increase oven temperature to 425°F.

While crust bakes, slice apples into 1/4-inch slices, and melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place apples in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice. Sprinkle with sugar, spices and salt. Toss to coat evenly. Add apples to skillet, toss to coat evenly. Stir in dried cranberries, brandy, vanilla and syrup. Turn heat to medium high and cook covered for 5 minutes. Stir and cook for about 4 minutes longer, or until apples are tender and juices have caramelized and thickened. Ladle apples into crust, drizzle with remaining juices.

Top evenly with streusel (recipe below). Place pie on baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes longer.

Streusel Topping: 1 c. unbleached organic flour 1/4 c. oatmeal1/3 c. light brown sugar, packed1/3 c. sugar1 tsp. cinnamon1/2 tsp. salt7 Tbsp. Wild Oats Organic Unsalted Butter, softened Mix flour, oatmeal, both sugars, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter. Sprinkle streusel evenly over filling.


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