Apple & Cranberry Pie {blogmas day 18}

Monday, December 18, 2017

Aside from a few magical snow showers, the weather recently has been, well, a little miserable (to say the least)! And on a cold and rainy day, there's nothing like a homemade apple pie to warm you up! As usual, I've given this traditional recipe a festive cranberry twist because, when it comes to the month of December, your food can never be too Christmassy!

You Will Need:
- 1 sheet Jus Rol shortcrust pastry
- 1 sheet Jus Rol puff pastry
- 5 Granny Smith apples
- 200g fresh cranberries
- the juice of 2 clementines
- 125g golden caster sugar
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees Celsius and removing your pastry from the fridge to reach room temperature.

Then place your cranberries into a pan along with the clementine juice, half of the sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a splash of water, then place on a low heat to simmer and soften for around 10 minutes.

While the cranberries simmer, peel and roughly chop your apples into chunks and, in a separate bowl, combine your remaining sugar and cinnamon. 

Once softened, remove your cranberries from the heat and add your apples into the cranberry pan, stirring to combine well.

Now, roll out your pastry sheets and place the short crust pastry into a pie dish, trimming any excess pastry. 

Then add the fruit filling into the pie dish and sprinkle with most of the remaining cinnamon sugar - leaving around a tablespoon for the pastry lid. 

Once filled, top your pie dish with a layer of puff pastry - I went for a lattice top, but a simple pastry lid tastes just as good! Then sprinkle with the last of your cinnamon sugar and place in the oven to bake for between 20 and 25 minutes.

Once baked, serve warm alongside some soy whipped cream and, whether it's your Christmas dinner pudding or just a rainy Sunday afternoon treat, this warming, festive desert will leave you feeling oh-so-cosy!

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