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Apple-Cranberry Pie

November 2019
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For the filling:

4 cups cold water
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
3 Granny Smith apples, (about 1 lb.) peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (approx. 1/4 inch)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, diced
1 (9-inch) Pillsbury pie shell

For the crumb topping:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup (about 4.75 oz.) almond paste
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (2 oz.) unsalted butter, melted


For the filling:

Combine the water and lemon juice in a bowl and add the apples. Combine the two sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix well. Add the cranberries and mix.

For the crumb topping:

Combine the shortening, almond paste, and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and beat together on low speed. Slowly beat in the flour. Beat in the melted butter.

To bake:

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Put filling in the pie shell and sprinkle the diced butter over it. Add the crumb topping to the top of pie. Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the crumb topping is slightly brown. Transfer the pie to a wire cooling rack and cool slightly before serving.

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