cranberry pie on a plate

Cranberry Pie

Another great thing about this time of year is that it’s the cranberry season. I’ve always associated this little red berry with the Christmas holidays. For as long as I can remember, my parents served cranberry compote as part of Christmas dinner. They still do and it always tastes like home to me. I made it myself a few times, but my kids don’t really like it and I usually end up eating the whole bowl myself. Up until today it never really occurred to me that there’s more you can do with cranberries than making compote. Since today is #eatacranberryday on the Hygge Calendar, I thought it would be a nice idea to find a festive, easy to make recipe starring cranberries.
Prep time: 15 min     |     Total time: 65 min
1 package of ready roll puff pastry piecrust
1,5 cup/225 grams fresh cranberries
1 cup/200 grams of sugar
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 egg white
1 cup/240 ml heavy whipping cream
Optional for decoration: mint leaves or holly
9 inch/22 cm pie pan
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F or 220 degrees C. Roll out the piecrust and arrange in the pie pan. Pour the cranberries into the crust to form a thick layer.
  2. Sift together 2/3 of the sugar and the flour in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg white until stiff peaks form, then gently fold it into your flour mixture. Slowly stir this in the cream until it’s combined.
  3. Cover cranberries with the remaining sugar and then pour the cream mixture on top. Bake the pie for about 10 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F /175 degrees C and bake it for about 40 minutes more. Get the pie out of the oven and let it cool down before serving. Decorate your pie with some mint leaves or holly (but don’t eat!).
  4. Enjoy your cranberry pie!

Photo credit: Jennifer Pallian     |     Recipe courtesy of Joan E. Aller

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