It’s cranberry season time and this simple pie is sinfully scrumptious!

We’re just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving, a holiday I absolutely love.  In fact I probably have more of a fondness and appreciation for this holiday over Christmas since it is not as commercialized.  The First Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World.  Today Thanksgiving evokes images of football, family reunions, Thanksgiving parades, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and giving thanks.  For most Americans it is a 4 day weekend, Thanksgiving being celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.  It is a holiday I look forward to as it involves togetherness, food, warmth and sharing.

I’ve started preparing my menu a few weeks in advance and in the coming days will actually make up a list.  I know I will be making this pie as one of the desserts.  I made it last weekend and brought it up to our daughters in New York City, it was very well received.  A hint of orange peel, mixed with cranberries and almond essence definitely bring out the flavors of this very simple pie.  The walnuts add a wonderful crunch, eggs, butter and flour round this out beautifully.  Be warned though, this pie is packed with calories, but is anyone watching their waistline around Thanksgiving? I think not 🙂IMG_5744

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Cranberry Pie

Preheat oven to 350F. (Convection 325F)

  • Mix and place in buttered pie 9-10″ dish:
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a separate bowl, cream

  1. 2 eggs
  2. 3/4 cup butter
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon almond extract
  5.  Add one cup flour after creaming the above

Blend till barely mixed.  Spread over top of cranberry mixture.  Bake 45 minutes, till bubbly and light brown.

IMG_5756I’m bringing this dessert to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #94co-hosted by, Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Stef @ The Kiwi Fruit.  

Thanks a ton for co-hosting ladies 🙂

56 comments

  1. Loretta,
    I love everything including the simplicity of this scrumptious pie! It looks easy enough for me to tackle. I love the combination of flavors you have expertly put together for this dessert, that is perfect for Thanksgiving!
    Your pictures,as usual, are stunning! I especially loved the first one with the sugar dusting on the cranberries! I have to wipe down the keyboard now as I am drooling all over it:)

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    1. Oh gosh it is so simple Sandhya, you could do it blindfolded I’m sure :). Do you all celebrate Thanksgiving? I just love the holiday. I’m definitely getting excited about cooking up a feast. Ifeveryone shows up,we should be 11 around the table. Xxx

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      1. Loretta, I love the holiday too! We have been getting together with 3 other families here for ages now. My contribution to the meal every year is the appetizers, salad and one dessert, usually an apple crisp that has made its way to the table next to the pumpkin and pecan pies. My friend who hosts it is a gourmet cook so the meal is just amazing!This year she has more of her family and friends coming so we will be about 25 of us!The more the merrier, right?

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      2. Wow, that sounds like a wonderful get-together. It is really hard when we don’t have family around is there? But I still love the holiday so much, even better than Christmas which tends to be too commercialized. Can’t wait to hear what your gourmet friend prepares for the feast. I’ve just finished putting my own menu together and I’m pretty psyched! 🙂

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  2. Are there pies not packed with calories? If so, please tell me – or better yet, don’t, because then I might be forced to give up pumpkin/apple/pecan! This one also looks delicious, but then again, I have never met a pie I didn’t like.

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      1. Still a little bit unsure Loretta. My husband will be travelling and be back just in time so it’s going to be mostly us 4 unless something changes. But chicken will make the list and turkey will be skipped. Maybe I will try your mum’s stuffed sausage chicken which sounds to be full of flavors. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  3. What a beautiful pie! I love cranberries with orange but haven’t ever had them in a pie. I too love Thanksgiving, but I still love Christmas because both my children are home. I am already making lists planning both holidays. How about you Loretta? Are you feeding a few or a bunch?

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    1. Ido like Christmas too, but without the commercialism Julie. We will be having both our girls and their Bf’s, but we will also be inviting a few friends who do not have anywhere to go to. We usually do that, sowe may have 11 around the table. Iwanted to ask if you had any plain rolls that Icould bake that won’t be too complicated?

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      1. Julie it is hard when you aren’t able to share T’giving with your family. We have no family here in the USA, we used to always be invited by different friends, but it’s been a few years now where I’ve hosted it here at home and invited others who have no family around. It’s a win-win all the time. How many do you have at your table each Thanksgiving? Thanks so much for the dinner roll suggestion. I had found a very simple one before I saw yours, I’ll take a look at both, they look amazing! Thanks again!

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    1. Sinfullydelicious Fae, I mean really laden with calories, butaroundthe holidays,I ain’t counting::) Just love your pear and almond cake,will definitely be trying that,what a sweet surprise in the center.

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      1. I’ve seen them pretty often, or at least I can buy frozen. I’m living in Dubai. Here , cranberries are usually sold from US. But in Russia, cranberries are smaller (and they are local) and you can also buy them frozen all year round!
        You may have a look at my pie recipe with Russian cranberries here:
        http://milkandbun.com/2014/12/20/cottage-cheese-and-cranberry-pie/
        And one more here
        http://milkandbun.com/2014/01/20/winter-cake-with-red-berries-2/

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      2. Yes, we get them frozen here all year round too, but I only seem to see the fresh ones around Thanksgiving/Christmas. Rushing off to see your two recipes now 🙂

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  4. I love cranberries Loretta but never had them in a pie. I have a favorite cranberry salad I always make over the holidays but a pie would be very appreciated by some members in my family. Thanks a bunch for sharing with us one of your special holiday desserts – Happy FF 🙂

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    1. I have never had a cranberry pie either Judi, but when I tried this one, I was sold. I’m actually repeating it for one of the Thanksgiving desserts. Thank you so much for co-hosting again, you do such a wonderful job. I believe I’m up next Friday 🙂

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  5. This looks delicious!! I love that the ‘pastry’ is not the conventional type and is super easy to make. I am going to find me some cranberries and give this a go! Thanks for sharing with us at FF. Have an awesome weekend!

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    1. Thanks Suchitra, it was real simple and delicious. Well, I hope you enjoy your 4 day weekend coming up next week, it really is a lovely time to just chill and relax with family isn’t it? 🙂

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    1. Thanks Josette, I will definitely be including this on my menu. Actually, I do enjoy preparing the menu, the tough part is shopping for everything and executing it all. Good luck with your menu 🙂

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  6. I have made a lot of pies, but never a cranberry pie. This looks beautiful and intriguing! I have some cranberries in my fridge, and may have to give this a try! Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. Wow, how exciting Freda – first Thanksgiving? I do especially love this holiday here, some of the other holidays I’m not too crazy about, even Christmas is just so commercialized now. I’m sure you’ll come up with a delicious menu though, maybe add Goa sausages to your stuffing 🙂

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      1. Hehe Loretta ! Yep shall definitely give Goan sausages a try for the stuffing:) great idea!
        Missed Thanksgiving last year , as I had to go to India . Oh yeah Christmas is so commercialized , it is already all over the place !

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    1. Thanks Arl, will definitely be repeating this recipe again. I can be a scrooge around Christmas time sometimes, but I try to keep an even balance. I love Christmas, but mostly the get-togethers, the food, the warmth, the ambiance etc. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    1. Thanks Petra, it was pretty scrumptious, I’ll be making this again over Thanksgiving. Off to visit your site now to see what you’ve been up to, I’ve been a bit busy over the weekend.

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    1. Ha ha Angie, you’re spot on! Zero calories in cranberries. I’m on tomorrow, waiting to see all the seasonal goodies. Can you please send me Petra’s email addy? Thx. You’re in good hands 🙂

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