Fall Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe with an Easy Leaf Crust
Let the baking season commence. Hummingbird High created an Apple Cranberry Pie with an Easy Leaf Crust to celebrate the start of autumn.
Pie is a year round dessert, but my personal favorite pies are made with the fruits of the autumn harvest. Nothing beats the first apple pie of the season, made with freshly picked apples and lots of cinnamon and sugar.
Making a pie can be intimidating for a lot of folks, but I'm here today to show you how to do an easy leaf design crust that is perfect for the fall season (the pie’s golden leaves always remind me of the foliage on the trees and ground!) and doesn't require any fussing with intricate lattices.
Start with your favorite pie crust recipe — it can be store-bought, or made from scratch. Make sure you have enough dough for a double-lidded pie as you'll need dough for a base crust and dough for the pie crust leaves. Roll out half the dough and lay it out onto your pie plate.
Next, make the filling. I love to throw in a few fresh cranberries to give my apple pie bursts of tartness and color. Scoop the filling into the rolled out base crust and transfer to the refrigerator to chill as you make the leaf crust topping. Now comes the fun part — making the leaves!
You don't need to be an artist to make cool looking leaves. Simply take a small paring knife and use it to carve out the rough shape of a leaf. If it's your first time and you're not confident in your knife skills, start by carving out larger leaves; it's a lot more forgiving! And be sure to cut out your leaves as close to each other as possible so you don't have to gather the pie dough scraps and roll constantly.
After you've cut out enough leaves, gently peel away the excess dough. You can save the dough and roll it out again to make more leaves. Score the center of each dough leaf to create center stems. Score the edges of the dough to create leaf texture — again, you don't have to be precise or make the leaves identical. Variation is good and more realistic!
Once you've scored all the leaves, lay the leaves in a random pattern across the pie filling. Brush with egg wash and demerara sugar, and transfer to the oven. An hour later, you've got a beautiful and seasonal autumn apple pie!