VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- Pastry for two double-crust pies (9 inches)
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced (about 4-1/2 cups)
- 4 cups frozen or fresh raspberries
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Additional orange juice and sugar, optional
- Divide pastry dough into two portions so that one is slightly larger than the other; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
- In a Dutch oven, mix sugar and flour; stir in fruit, orange peel, orange juice and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until apples are tender and juices are thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool, stirring occasionally.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Roll larger portion of pastry dough between two pieces of waxed paper into a 16x12-in. rectangle. Remove top piece of waxed paper; place a 13x9-in. baking pan upside down over pastry. Lifting with waxed paper, carefully invert pastry into pan. Remove waxed paper; press pastry onto bottom and up sides of pan. Refrigerate.
- On a well-floured surface, roll remaining dough into a 14x10-in. rectangle. Cut out 2-3 trees using a tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place dough on baking sheet and refrigerate 15 minutes until firm.
- Remove and reserve tree cutouts. Add filling to prepared pan. Place pastry over filling. Seal edges to bottom pastry by crimping with a fork. If desired, brush pastry with additional orange juice. Decorate top with cutouts. Sprinkle with additional sugar.
- Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Apple Cranberry Cutout Pie in Holiday 13x9 2015, p103