Cranberry Sage Pie

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Author Notes: In the wintertime, colorful fruits, aside from citrus, are few and far between.
Cranberries appear in early fall and are the perfect berry to pair with apples and
pears, but we wanted to feature them in their own right. Sage often appears on a
holiday table in roasted stuffing, but why not give it some attention in the dessert
course?
ElsenEM

Serves 8 to 10 people

  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons ground arrowroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 cups whole cranberries, fresh or frozen (two 10-ounce bags)
  • 1 small baking apple, such as Northern Spy or Golden Delicious
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Egg wash (1 large egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water and a pinch of salt)
  • Demerara sugar, for finishing
  1. This pie uses our All-Butter Crust for a 9-inch double-crust pie: http://food52.com/recipes/24906-all-butter-crust-recipe
  2. Have ready and refrigerated one pastry-lined 9-inch pie pan and pastry round or lattice to top.
  3. In a heatproof bowl, pour boiling water over the dried cranberries to cover by about an inch. Allow them to plump while making the remaining filling.
  4. In a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, combine the chopped sage, granulated and brown sugars, salt, arrowroot, cinnamon, and allspice.
  5. Process until the sage is fully blended.
  6. Pour the sugar mixture into a large bowl.
  7. Use the same food processor bowl to briefly process 2 cups of the whole cranberries to a rough chop; add them, along with the remaining 2 cups whole cranberries, to the sugar mixture.
  8. Peel the apple and shred on the large holes of a box grater.
  9. In a colander, drain the plumped dried cranberries of excess water, but do not press or squeeze them out.
  10. Add the shredded apple and the drained dried cranberries to the bowl with the rest of the filling and mix well.
  11. Stir in the vanilla extract and egg, and mix well.
  12. Pour the filling into the refrigerated pie shell, arrange the lattice or pastry round on top, and crimp as desired.
  13. Chill the pie in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to set the pastry.
  14. Meanwhile, position the oven racks in the bottom and center positions, place a rimmed baking sheet on the bottom rack, and preheat the oven to 425° F.
  15. Brush the pastry with the egg wash to coat; if your pie has a lattice top, be careful not to drag the filling onto the pastry (it will burn).
  16. Sprinkle with the desired amount of demerara sugar.
  17. Place the pie on the rimmed baking sheet on the lowest rack of the oven.
  18. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pastry is set and beginning to brown.
  19. Lower the oven temperature to 375° F, move the pie to the center oven rack, and continue to bake until the pastry is a deep golden brown and the juices are bubbling throughout, 35 to 45 minutes longer.
  20. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack, 2 to 3 hours. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
  21. The pie will keep for 3 days refrigerated or for up to 2 days at room temperature.
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10 months ago SuSanFran

My SO came off of an airplane, clutching the pages of the Wall Street Journal this recipe was printed on, hoping I'd make it for him. Who could resist? I made one for Christmas dinner, and I just made another for New Year's dinner. What a wonderful pie - the results are just tremendous. Don't be put off by the sage. I do not like savory ingredients in sweets, yet I love this pie. This recipe will now be a feature in our kitchen for every winter season to come. My compliments to the chef!

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11 months ago porcini

Ok to use sweetened dried cranberries? If so, by how much should I reduce the added sugar?

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11 months ago Aya

Would the recipe be terribly affected if I used fresh cranberries instead of dried?

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11 months ago Corrie S

Curious as to why you don't use weights in addition to measures?

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12 months ago t-mo

This sounds delicious! Any recommended substitute for arrowroot?

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12 months ago ElsenEM

Thanks t-mo! You can use ground tapioca or cornstarch instead - cornstarch can be a little gummy however, so reduce the amount you use to about 3 tablespoons.