I had a few last apples from our fall orchard expedition and a bag of fresh cranberries in my fridge bin. Needed a tasty and different holiday pie, saw this recipe and knew it was just the ticket. I revised some: simplified and made my version gf (of course!) It is a much brighter in flavor and color than an apple pie but you can definitely taste those apples.
This is my mixture of a couple of recipes. I know it has several steps but each one is easy. Note that I cook the fruit briefly so it smushes down a bit and you don’t have crust issues due to fruit settlement.
I call this top crust my cherry cheater crust as I love it for a cherry pie so you can see the bright red filling. But, because making a woven lattice gf crust is a lot of work, I just cut out circles on the rolled out dough using a small round jar lid and use a butter knife to pull out the marked circles. Then, flip it onto the fruit filing and there you go…almost as fancy as a lattice crust! Just crimp the edges and sprinkle it with sparkly sugar for a very pretty look. One last great tasting pie to round out 2016, “My Year of the Pie!”
Angie’s GF Apple Cranberry Pie
2 ¼ c brown rice flour mix (at bottom of recipe)
¼ cup sweet rice flour
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp. cold butter cut into 6 chunks
2 large eggs
4 tsp fresh orange or lemon juice
Spray 9 or 10 inch metal pie pan with cooking spray, dust with white rice flour. Or not; I forget to do it most of the time, hah!
Mix dry ingredients in bowl of stand electric mixer. Add butter and mix until crumbly and resembling coarse meal. Add egg and juice. Mix until it comes together into big chunks. Shape into two equal balls with your hands. Put each on a crust sized piece of wax paper (14 x 14 inches more or less), flatten the crust balls some; put on top of it another piece of wax paper and chill it all in your fridge 15-20 minutes while you make the filling.
4-5 cups sliced fresh baking apples
1/2 tp 2/3 c sugar (use the higher amount if you like it sweeter)
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. fresh orange rind
½ tsp. grated fresh ginger
2 tbsp. butter at room temp
1 large egg (optional)
1 tbsp. rice flour
Raw or big/fancy crystal sugar to sprinkle on top
Directions: Mix the fruit, spices and sugar in a large bowl, add the butter to a large sauce pan and melt; dump in the fruit mixture, cook about 6-8 minutes until apples soften and the cranberries are bursting. Then add the rice flour, stir. Let cool a few minutes and then add egg (if you want but I made it without myself) which you first beat up a bit. Cool filling to room temperature.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Roll out one pie crust between the two sheets of wax paper; try to get the thickness even, no fat middle! Peel off one side of paper and place in pie pan, centered. Remove other slice of wax paper. I have a plastic pie bag to roll my crust in and love it. It is sturdier than wax paper. Parchment paper works well I am thinking….
Pour cooled filling into pie shell, top with crust; I like to cut circles out of the top crust using a jar lid; about 1 ¼ inch diameter. So the filling peeps out but no need to weave pie crust strips which is pretty tricky for gf crust. Center it on the fruit and crimp the edges. Use your fingers for this or maybe a fork to create a nice look that seals the top edge completely to the bottom crust.
Place on baking sheet to catch drips (I have a pie drip pan I love!) Bake for 50-60 min until crust is golden and you can see the filling bubbling. I put aluminum foil strips around the edges for last 15 minutes to keep them from getting too dark. Cool on rack for at least 1-2 hours before serving.
I made a couple yummy hand pies with all that leftover crust due to the cutouts. Bonus!
Brown Rice Flour Mix
2 c brown rice flour
2/3 c potato starch
1/3 c tapioca flour
This recipe is a blending of one I found on foodnetwork.com and the crust by Annalise Roberts as well as my own touches to the filling. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/apple-cranberry-pie.html