Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cranberry-Apple Pie

In case you are in desperate need for a pie recipe in time for Thursday - here is one of my favorites.

I did post a recipe one time for a French Cran-Apple pie - but it's slightly different from my Betty Crocker Cranberry-Apple Pie.

This infamous pie recipe was lost for almost a year. I say lost - but when I flipped through my Betty Crocker book the other day - there it was! The pages are hole punched and in a binder style recipe book, so the pages can be taken out and lost very easily, as I am want to do.

Well my husband needed to bring some pie to work today - so I decided to make the Cranberry-Apple pie or Cran-Apple pie as I like to call it.

If you are a bit tired of the regular old apple pie, give this a try.

Cran-Apple Pie

2 pie crusts (I just buy mine)
1 3/4 c sugar
1/4 c white flour
3 c sliced, peeled, tart cooking apples (3 med)...I used Granny Smith and a couple of Jonagold - and it worked out that I needed more than 3 med apples.
2 c fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries
2 T butter or margerine

Heat oven to 425 and make pastry.

Mix sugar and flour. Alternate layers of apples, cranberries and sugar mixture in pastry-lined pie plate, beginning and ending with apples.

Cut butter into small pieces and sprinkle over apples.

Cover with top pastry - cut slits in top.

You might want to put some foil around the edges to prevent burned-to-a-crisp edges...

Bake for 40-50 min and remove the foil when there is about 15 min left to bake.

Because I like to know (but also don't want to know) I'll tell you how many calories in each slice - 545. 215 from fat. Ugh!

Both of my kids really like this pie - so it must be so good. The girl is my pie snob - there are only a handful of pies she will eat - and this is one of them.

In other news - my dh is working at replacing a 220 (?) outlet in the laundry room. I'm hoping he doesn't get electrocuted. He's replaced other outlets but never this kind. We finally found out what the intermittent dryer problem we've been having, was caused by.

Actually we thought it was all fixed when my dh replaced some thermostat type pieces - b/c it did work fine for a couple of weeks after that. Well then a week ago it started acting up again. I was on my way out the door when I noticed a kind of funny burning smell - but wasn't quite sure of where it was coming from or what it was - my olfactory system being a bit out of whack due to allergies and the fact that I had just baked some muffins.

Anyway - I decided I'd just shut down the dryer (in case that was the problem) and prayed the house wouldn't burn to the ground while I was out on my errands. When I came home, the house was still standing and the smell gone.

Anywhoo - so as not to prolong this story - the problem continued on and off - the dryer worked for awhile then would quit etc. Finally last night my dh was home when I was running it - he noticed the smell (it was actually quite strong this time) and he investigated. He touched the plug at the outlet and found it was burning hot and arcing.

Sooo - it seems like the loose outlet was causing only a portion of the electricity to power the dryer - hence the starting/stopping problem.

I'm glad the problem has been diagnosed and hope the "electrician" has success.


The Correspondent said...

I know you guys are glad to not have to buy a brand new dryer (although, truth be told, I wouldn't mind having to purchase a pair of nice large red front loaders).

I can relate to your fear for your husband's health in his role as Mr. Fixit. Mr. Knightley just went out in the backyard to hang a new rope on our fort-on-stilts. This particular rope is used to grab on to and shimmy down from the open door in the steep fort, and I keep sticking my head out the back door and calling out into the darkness to Mr. K, "Have you fallen to your demise?" I'm sure my vote of confidence is appreciated. :-)

I hope your home improvements are successful.

Anonymous said...

I love cranapple pie! Of course ice cream or whipped cream is a must to go with it!

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