Apple-cranberry pie recipe (from Cooks Illustrated) calls for pre-cooking apples in the microwave. I don't have one! How should I pre-cook them?
They want you to mix the apples with the sugar and spices, then cook in the microwave on high for 10-14 minutes, stirring every few minutes. I was going to cook mine in a dutch oven instead, then I read that you could just pour boiling water on the apples and let them sit for 10 minutes. What would you do?