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Cranberry-Pear Pie

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Ingredients

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6 Cups Cranberries
1 Cup + 2 TBS Sugar
0.75 Cups Orange Juice
6 TBS Cornstarch
1.5 TBS Cardamom
3 Cups Pears, peeled and diced About 3 Pears
2 Prepared pie dough or store bought raw pastry crust
1 Egg, beaten
Extra Sugar for Sprinkling

Cranberry-Pear Pie

A bright, fresh Thanksgiving Pie

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    Cranberry-pear Pie is a made from scratch fall dessert with full cranberry flavor, tart and tangy with a hint of spice from Cardamom. Give this pie a try! Your Thanksgiving table will thank you!

    • 1 Hour 20 Minutes
    • Serves 8
    • Medium

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    Cranberry-pear Pie is a made from scratch fall dessert with full cranberry flavor, tart and tangy with a hint of spice from Cardamom.  Give this pie a try! (and send me pics) Your Thanksgiving table will thank you!

    I  was sitting with my husband talking about my plan for November recipes.  He’s a great person to bounce ideas off of because he loves to eat. I don’t mean in the way that sounds.  I mean he truly enjoys the sensory experience of eating. He loves cooking shows, he understands all the terminology, and he has a great palate.  I was telling him about the creamy pumpkin pie recipe I was going to write…and he made a face.

    So it turns out that his face wasn’t scrunched up because there is anything wrong with pumpkin pie (I would have been shocked).  He said that everyone is doing pumpkin pies. It’s pumpkin-everything right now and since when do I make the same thing that everyone else is making?  Wow. He’s right. So, I thought about that and this is the pie that resulted. I took the basics of my Thanksgiving cranberry relish and created a rich, tangy cranberry-pear pie.  

    I know that I’m not the first person to stick pears with cranberries.  But, there is a reason for that. Pears are the perfect fruit to gently, subtly moderate the bright, tart cranberry taste.  Pears don’t try to be the hero. They are happy sidekicks. I carefully formulated the ratio to ensure that this is a Cranberry-forward pie.  Think of the best ever cranberry sauce expertly crafted into a thick slice of buttery pie.

    To make things a little easier, I’m including some helpful links here.  First, is the recipe for my Flaky Pie Crust. You can use store bought dough, but your own homemade dough will taste better and it’s easier than you think!  Second, I’ll link my recent blog post of Must-have pie equipment. Make your pies look amazing with these tools and tips. 🙂

    Happy Cooking! Be sure to comment.  I’d love to see your pictures, answer your questions and hear your experiences.  If you like my content, please subscribe and follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter,  Facebook and YouTube.

    #BetheMasterofMealtime   #CandidlyDelicious

    Steps

    1
    Done

    Preheat oven to 425. Pie crust or dough should be in the refrigerator.

    2
    Done

    Wash the cranberries. I make this a recipe step because I’m very particular about the quality of the cranberries. This pie is cranberry forward, so use the best. Discard any that are squishy or soft.

    3
    Done

    Whisk together Orange Juice and Cornstarch into a slurry.

    4
    Done

    Pour the Cranberries, Sugar and OJ slurry into a large saucepan. Cook at medium heat, stirring frequently, until the cranberries begin to pop.

    5
    Done

    When you start to hear or see cranberries popping, gently press down with your spoon to urge out their juice and pop more of the berries. When most of the cranberries are opened, turn off the heat.

    6
    Done

    Mix in the Cardamom and Pears. Stir thoroughly and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

    7
    Done

    Prepare your pie plate with the bottom crust. Do not grease the pan. Pie dough won’t stick because it’s largely fat already.

    8
    Done

    Pour the cooled cranberry filling into the pie crust. This recipe will make 1 deep dish pie or you can divide into to 2 pie plates.

    9
    Done

    Add a top crust and leave some of it open, or slice holes, to allow venting. This is where a lot of bakers have fun decorating. Use a little water to help the pie dough adhere to itself. You can leave a large amount of the pie open or a very small amount. It’s up to the style and look you want. If you are using store bought prepared crusts, you will need to bring the second crust to almost room temperature to remove it from the foil pan and place it over the pie. Pinch around the edges of the pie to seal.

    10
    Done

    Now, take your beaten Egg and a pastry brush and gently egg wash the entire top crust. Then sprinkle the wet egg wash with a bit of sugar.

    11
    Done

    Ideally, protect the outer edge of the pie. If you do not, it may overcook before the filling and center dough is ready. Bake at 425 for 25-30 minutes, then remove the edge protector and allow the pie to finish baking another 8-10 minutes.

    12
    Done

    Serve warm or chilled. This pie freezes nicely also for make-ahead. I like to serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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