Creating a fabulous apple pie is all about the details. For starters, not every apple holds up well to baking, so we went with two that do. Granny Smith has a beautiful tartness and keeps its shape, while Golden Delicious add sweetness and softens up a bit, helping to hold the green apple slices together. Then there’s flavor. Three kinds of spices and two of citrus add complexity, and cranberries bring in a pop of color and tartness. Finally, for beauty, and to prevent the slump that can occur in a baked apple pie between the top pastry crust and the filling, we precooked the apples just a little. (For best results with this technique, the fruit is cut in bigger pieces than you might be used to for apple pie.) The recipe is a Yummly original created by Elaine Johnson.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice (save the zest)
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 6 cups granny smith apples (4 large; peeled, cored, and sliced 3/4 inch thick)
- 2 cups golden delicious apples (2 medium; peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries (fresh or thawed, frozen)
- 1 tsp. orange zest (packed)
- flour (for rolling)
- 2 pie crusts (pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie, homemade or store-bought refrigerated)
- 1 Tbsp. whipping cream (or milk)
- In a large bowl, stir together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt to combine. Stir in orange juice and lemon juice. Add both kinds of apples and toss to coat.
- Scrape apple mixture into a 12-inch frying pan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until apples soften at edges but are still crisp in the middle, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries and orange zest. Scrape mixture (including syrup) onto a sheet pan, let cool about 10 minutes, and then chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
- Set a rack on the lowest position in an oven and preheat oven to 425°.
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|Calories420Calories from Fat160|
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|Calories from Fat160|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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