Cranberry Pie


“Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.”
-Groucho Marx
“Cranberry Pie isn’t much like pie exactly. It’s more cake than pie.” I surveyed the treat my friend had dished and insisted I try.
“It’s Cranberry Pie! Pie!! P-I-E!” She hissed with mean squinty eyes.
“You know, you’ll be sorry when that face gets stuck like that.”
“So what! You’re a meaner.” She says poking my ribs painfully.
“Oh yeah… well… um, FINE! It can be a pie all you want.” I finally cave and take a bite. “AND I’ll be having this recipe too pretty please!”
“I thought you didn’t like cranberry,” she says in a teasing tone.
“For the most part but this is really good!” I say as she plops a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream over the top of her incredible hot Cranberry Pie.
It’s sweet and then you get the tart twist of the cranberry.
Served warm with a scoop of vanilla makes this a heavenly creamy dessert everyone will remember and request.
Together it makes for a wonderful treat perfect for the holidays but available to enjoy year round!
She got the recipe from her mother in law years ago and wanted it to be known unto the Internet, that hers is better than her Hubby’s Mama’s Pie.
I might be inclined to agree if I were going to get in the middle of this.
Mama wipes the floor with you with that chicken so let’s call it even and make some Cranberry CAKE… I mean Cranberry PIE. 😉
(Oh, I can almost feel your feathers ruffling from here. xo)
Cranberries are such a powerhouse super food!
There are so many wonderful benefits to cranberries.
Each one becomes a beautiful tender sweet and tart explosion of flavor.
Plus it’s just dang easy!
Easy is an awesome thing!
Go ahead and pre-heat the oven to  375 degrees
Let’s grease our pan.
You could certainly make this in the same rectangle pan you would make a batch of brownies in too.
The shape really doesn’t matter too much. She makes it in a 10 inch round pie pan so that’s what I do too. I like the way it slices like a pie when it’s in a round.
Put 3 Cups of Fresh or Frozen Cranberries in the bottom of the greased pan.
Make sure to wash and drain those gorgeous berries!
Fresh cranberries can be expensive sometimes. I have purchase name brand whole bags of cranberries recently from the .99 Cents Only Stores. I’ve seen them in the market for around $4.50 for the same thing I just purchased for .99 cents. Check those awesome discount store first and often you’ll be happily rewarded. Costco had a HUGE bag for less than the tiny market bag. That would certainly help to make those dollars go farther. Don’t be afraid of freezing your own for a rainy day when you get an excellent deal.
Over the cranberries in the pan, sprinkle 1/2 Cup Sugar.
Now sprinkle 1/2 Cup Walnuts or Pecans into the pan evenly.
Now let the pan hang out for a few minutes while we make the cake batter… er, um, I mean PIE batter.
She called it “batter”. Direct quote from her pretty lips.
Now I don’t know about you but I make batter for cake and filling for pie.
Alright, now that we have that cleared up. 😉
In a mixing bowl add:
2 Eggs
I have noticed that I can always find a deal on eggs somewhere. I’ve been getting mine from a local small ranch that has been excellent at keeping costs competitive but the .99 Cents only Store always carries eggs it seems and I see good deals each week in the ads that come out.
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Melted Butter
I can often find brand name butter on the cheap at the .99 Cents Only Store or use coupons to pick it up from the market. I once was able to coupon for 12 FREE butter containers. Which translated into FREE butter for several months for us. 🙂
1 Cup Sugar
Mix it all up… like you would a cake batter.
Now take the batter over to where the cranberry pan in hanging out waiting for you.
Pour the batter evenly over the cranberries in the pan.
Use a spoon or spatula to spread the batter over the berries. You really don’t want to shake shake shake it up least we end up lopsided or have much of the berries mix themselves right into the batter.
Frankly that is lovely too.
It tastes just the same, it just loses the more dramatic official presentation in translation. No big deal.
It reminds me of a soft bread like wonderful that way.
Pop that beautiful pan of Cranberry Pie into the oven for 1 hour.
We like to eat it hot with vanilla ice cream.
You could also add a dollop of fresh homemade whipped cream if you were so inclined.
When the pie is cooled, turn it out on a cute cake plate and proudly display that beautiful rich splash of red that makes the Cranberry Pie irresistible!
Warning: this awesome holiday treat will make you finish a whole piece and have you sneaking back for more.
It’s all I can do to not go by the pan an just nibble a cranberry… and I really don’t even care for cranberry much!
It doesn’t have to be a lengthy process or expensive to be FABULOUS!
You can be a master chef, a self taught super cook or a couch potato that needs to bring something to Aunt Edna’s shin dig but it has to be easy and look wicked… Anyone can make this Cranberry Pie and have it turn out remarkable!
Enjoy Cranberry Pie during the holiday season and year round!
Save me a slice of Cranberry Pie with an extra scoop of ice cream!
Meg xoxo
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    • Lynden on November 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Couldn’t get here fast enough upon seeing your FB post – It’s gorgeous and simple to make and I can’t wait to do so!! Yummmm – I DO love cranberries – and new ways to eat them – ;-}
    (I finally made the Pumpkin Bars I’ve been dreaming of for months – last week – and they were a Hit on Thursday…) ;-} Hope all is well with You and Yours!

  1. This looks so delicious, I want to reach through my screen and cut a piece!!

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