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Hello and Welcome! I decided to start this blog for everyone out there who has an interest, or WANTS to be interested, in living a life that is a little more sustainable. I am still learning, and invite you to follow this blog to learn along with me. I will share what I have learned as we go, and hopefully you will pitch in and share what YOU are doing to live a little more off of what you can grow and DO from home. PLEASE BELIEVE ME when I say, if I can learn how to do this on a very small backyard plot in a city, then ANYONE can do this!!

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cranberry-Apple Pie (Crumble)

With Fall finally starting to show signs of appearing here in Colorado, we decided to have a fall family get together.  My mother in-law said that she wanted to bring this delicious dessert so I asked if I could feature her and the pie recipe on my blog!  Thank goodness she agreed, because this pie was amazing and I just HAVE to share it with you all!  The recipe came from ABC's show called The Chew.  She mentioned that the pie came out a bit like a crumble for some reason.  I am not sure if that was the intention of the original recipe, but boy was it perfect!  This recipe gave the delicious sweet and tart apple flavors on top of a traditional pie crust AND is perfectly finished with a sweet crumble topping.  Pair this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have a heavenly dessert!


Delicious pie credit goes to Suzanne-THANK YOU!


CARLA HALL'S CRANBERRY APPLE PIE
*Note:  You can make your own pie crust as detailed below, or purchase a store-bought one as a time-saver.


  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 sticks (8oz) and 1/2 cup chilled butter (cut into ½-inch cubes)
  • 1/3 + 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon and a pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon and 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Granny Smith apples (peeled and diced)
  • ½ cup frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 lemon (zest and juiced)
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup pecans (chopped)


    • 1/3 cup water
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 Tablespoon sugar
      For flaky pie crust: Combine water, salt, and sugar in measuring cup. Stir and place cup in fridge for at least 15 min (to chill water and to dissolve sugar and salt). If possible, chill mixing bowl and paddle attachment if possible.
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
      2 sticks (8oz) chilled butter (cut into ½-inch cubes)
      Combine flour and butter pieces in mixing bowl. On medium speed with mixer, cut butter into flour until butter pieces are the size of small pebbles. With the mixer running, pour the water from previous step into the butter mixture. Mix until the dough comes together.
    • Separate the dough into 2 disks. Wrap each with film and chill.
    • Roll chilled pastry dish out to fit a 9-inch pie dish. Prick all over dough with a fork. Bake on 375 for 10-15 minutes, or until it is lightly golden. Set aside to cool. Carla tip: if you don't have time to make the crust a store-bought flaky crust will do.
    • 4 Granny Smith apples (peeled and diced)
      ½ cup frozen cranberries
      ½ cup dried cranberries
      Pinch Salt
      ¼ cup brown sugar
      ¼ cup granulated sugar
      ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
      ½ teaspoon cinnamon
      1 lemon (zest and juiced)
      For Cranberry Apple Filling: In a large bowl, combine apples and cranberries (frozen and dried) Stir in salt, sugars (brown and granulated), nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir in the zest and juice of 1 lemon. Carla tip: if you don't like cranberries try dried cherries or raisins instead.
    • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      ¼ cup water
      In a small bowl, combine water, cornstarch, and vanilla. Quickly stir mixture into apples. Adjust seasoning if desired.
    • Fill pie dish with apple filling.
    • 1 cup brown sugar
      ¾ cup all-purpose flour
      ½ teaspoon cinnamon
      1/3 cup pecans (chopped)
      ½ cup butter chilled butter (cut into ½-inch cubes)
      For Crumble Topping: Place all the topping ingredients (Seen at left) into food processor and process until butter has been cut into the mixture. Carla tip: if you over mix your crumble just add extra nuts or oatmeal.
    • Sprinkle topping over top of pie filling. Bake at 375 deg F for 30 minutes.

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