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Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

You might not like me after I say this. I know we are right around the corner from, the Absolute Penultimate Final Pumpkin Holiday of the year, but honestly I can’t even look at another can of pumpkin, pumpkin cookie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin latte, pumpkin….. I can’t. Are you with me? I’m over it until next  year. That is why, today, you are seeing something cheery , red, bright and SO DELICIOUS that your eyes are likely to fall out. OK, not really, but if you will just run home and fix this right now, your tongue will be so happy that your eyes won’t have to do anything – especially fall out! Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie. OH YUM!

I am posting this because I got to thinking that maybe some people are as over pumpkin as I am. I mean, really, as a blogger, I have been gearing up for pumpkin season since way back in August. Check it out, on August 28, 2015 I posted Pumpkin Praline Cake and it has been pumpkin this and that ever since. SEE?….

PUMPKIN PRALINE CAKE

PUMPKIN PIE WITH PECAN DRIZZLE

PUMPKIN CINNAMON SOUP COPYCAT RECIPE

PUMPKIN SNICKERDOODLE CUPCAKES

Any of these would be perfect for your holiday celebration, if you aren’t totally over pumpkin. But as for me…. ehhhhh.

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie @www.loavesanddishes.net

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

Anyway….. back on topic…..As I was thinking about where to drive the blog in this final week before Thanksgiving, I was reminiscing about some old holiday memories. My step-sister LOVES canned cranberry sauce. To her, it isn’t even a holiday without the canned sauce lying  in all of it’s ringed glory in a dish on the table. I’m smiling as I think of this even now. I mean, that cranberry sauce makes her HAPPY! I, on the other hand, have not been a fan of cranberry sauce or cranberries in any other form.

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie @www.loavesanddishes.net

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

I mean, they look terrific. So cheery and bright. But the taste of that sauce,  ewwww. I just can’t do it. (I’m sorry if you are a cranberry sauce enthusiast! I promise, if you come to dinner, I’ll have some cranberry sauce for you. You won’t mind if I don’t eat any though, right? – We are friends like that, aren’t we?)

Then, it occurred to me, I bet the canned sauce doesn’t taste anything like a real cranberry. Then I remembered, “My aunt used to make a cold cool whip cranberry pie that I LOVED”. Then, my thoughts went to , wonder what other kinds of cranberry pie might be out there in the world – I bet there are a lot. That would be a terrific way to do some cranberries up right at the holidays!!

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie @ www.loavesanddishes.net

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

RECIPE INSPIRATION FOR OLD FASHION CRANBERRY ORANGE PIE

As is usually the case, that sent me researching into my cookbook trove. (I have a lot of cookbooks – it is a pretty serious addiction). I am making progress in my addiction though, I sent Clay (of the famous Clays Three Bean Casserole) home with a pile of cookbooks last week and that didn’t even make a dent in my overflow of cookbooks! (Isn’t that a sign of a very serious addiction – when one addict gives the drug to another addict? – lol, well, at least it is books). Anyway, there is an old African American cookbook called The Bluegrass Cookbook © 1911 that gives a recipe for a traditional Cranberry Pie and I am sure, it is delicious. You can find a free sample of the book for free on Google+ (I am not sure if you can print it or not). I purchased a copy through Amazon (it is a reprint). Anyway, the recipe instructs to add the cranberries raw, without cooking into a pie filling first. This totally appeals to me, since I really do like for things to be as “easy as pie”.

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie @www.loavesanddishes.net

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

Finally, after consulting with my NEW  BOOK, The Flavor Bible (and hey, if you need a book for a cooking friend – this is the one. Get it for Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukah, or whatever gift giving you are celebrating this season – it is AWESOME.)  I’m even going to put a link for you right below here so you can check it out. If you should purchase through this link, I will get a single digit percentage of the sale – which helps support this website). Anyway… I updated the recipe with orange zest, vanilla, a touch of salt and slightly more sugar.

I am also including a link for the Bluegrass Cookbook, in case you are interested.

Now, I’m going to tell you exactly what you want to hear. I think this pie is EXCELLENT. I can not WAIT to make it again for Thanksgiving! I might make it again tonight – because one bag of cranberries makes at least two pies and I bought TWO bags of cranberries! When I do make this again, I’m going to go a tad lighter on the orange zest – maybe just a 1/3 of an orange instead of ½ an orange. You be the judge with the pie you make – if you like a heavier orange taste – go with ½ an orange zest. If you want to taste more of the cranberry, go with 1/3 of an orange zest.

You might also enjoy Cranberry Sauce with Apple sauce

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Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

I carried this pie with me to my book club and had several requests for the recipe. (Good sign, eh?)  AND,  I didn’t see any left over bites on anyone’s plate heading to the trash. PLUS, I went home with an empty pie plate. So, in my mind that is good evidence that this pie is a tasty treat!

Isn’t that funny? That is what I do to judge a new recipe. I serve it to my family and/or friends and look to see how much is eaten and how much is left on people’s plates when they are done eating. If I see a lot of scraps – I know, not my best recipe. How do you gauge a new recipe? How do you know, “Its GOOD!”. Please chime in below and leave me a note so maybe I can come up with a better way to do this other than creeping around and peeking at dirty plates after a dinner. Lol. Weirdo.

So, anyhow, if you need a pumpkin recipe – please check out those links above. They are all good ones. But as for me – I’m done. I am probably going to HAVE to make a pumpkin pie next week for the holiday – but after that, no more till next year. Thanks Pumpkin, you’ve been good to me. Now, go away.

Thank you so much for visiting and I pray you will come again. I pray God will bless you and keep you until next time.

If you have questions about this recipe, please email me at wendi(at)loavesanddishes.net OR leave me a comment below. I promise to promptly respond to each one as quickly as possible. I know how it is to be cooking something and have a question. Please ask. My goal is for you to have an excellent cooking experience and to come back for more!

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. ~ Proverbs 15:18

PROCESS PHOTOS FOR CRANBERRY ORANGE PIE

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Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

Old Fashion Cranberry Pie www.loavesanddishes.net

Old Fashion Cranberry Pie www.loavesanddishes.net

RECIPE FOR CRANBERRY ORANGE PIE

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie

Tangy and tart.  Yum, just yum. If you don't immediately fall in love, I promise to come right away and rid you of your leftovers. 
5 from 3 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts the ones in the red package are best
  • 1 Tbs unsalted butter – softened
  • 1 Tbs All Purpose flour
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar plus 3 Tbs.
  • 1 ½ cups raw cranberries the single package you see in the fruit section is more than enough – if those aren’t available – look in the frozen fruits section.
  • 1 small box 1 oz raisins (the kind you ate as a kid)
  • The zest of 1/3 to ½ an orange
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 and place one rack on the center holder. **SUPER IMPORTANT - prepare you pie plate with baking spray BEFORE you put the pie crust in the bottom. Use the spray that has the flour in it - like Bakers Joy or one of those. Line a 9 inch pie plate with one of the pie crusts.
  • In a medium sized bowl, using a fork, mash the butter until it is very soft. Mix in the flour and continue smashing with the fork until the butter and flour form a paste. Add the sugar and keep mixing with your fork until all is mixed well and the sugar resembles a soft powdery snow.
  • Add the cranberries, raisins, orange zest and vanilla and mix well. Pour this mixture into the bottom pie crust.
  • Place the top curst onto the top of the cranberry mixture and using your fingers pinch the bottom and top crust together (or you can use a fork)
  • Use a sharp knife and cut vent holes in the top of the crust so that steam can escape.
  • Place the pie on a sheet pan and place it on the center rack of the oven. Bake for 40 minutes and then begin checking the pie (I ended up baking mine close to 60 minutes). Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, thick and dark. Place the pie on a cooling rack and let cool to room temp before serving (so that the insides will congeal and stay inside the pie when you cut it).

Notes

Use fresh cranberries with this recipe.  

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Old Fashion Cranberry Orange Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Moxie

Friday 2nd of February 2018

Tart and Sweet - yum!

Chelsea Stanfield

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

I am not a raisin fan. Describe to me the touch the raisins add to he pie? Do you add them to fill the pie, texture, taste? Just wondering, of course. Thank you and I can't wait to try this pie.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

The raisins give this dish A depth of flavor, you don't really taste a raisin taste it is simply a richness in the flavor you could leave the raisins out and be left with a perfectly acceptable pie but the raisins do give it depth

Shannon Simons

Saturday 18th of November 2017

I made this pie today because it sounds delicious and the pictures said "make me". I have a couple of questions. Did you do an egg wash on the top crust. There was a picture that looked like it had. Secondly, on the sugar you listed 1 cup granulated sugar plus 3 Tbsp. I put the 3 Tbsp sugar in with the rest of the sugar. I didn't know if those 3 Tbsp were to be sprinkled on top.

I made this for a church event tomorrow. I asked my dad if I could get my dessert first!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 18th of November 2017

Hi Shannon! I'll have to check my recipe and photos- but I always try to do an egg wash on the top crust of a pie- it just looks nicer- doesn't really change the taste. 3 extra TBS of sugar won't be noticed in the pie- it's pretty tart. :). I hope you love every bite! :)

Nicole

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

I have never heard of this pie but it sounds and looks amazing! I am a sucker for cranberry anything! I want this right now with a nice dollop of ice cream!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

You obviously have great tastes Nicole! Ice cream would be the perfect topping? What is your favorite holiday pie?

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

Well, I see we have an addiction in common -- cookbooks!! Yes they become members of my family and I can't get rid of them. And I have decided to silently protest -- I'm not making anything pumpkin but if I decide to change my mind it will be AFTER Thanksgiving!! Your pie looks delicious and the crust certainly looks nice and flaky. I like your fruit combination. Have a great day!!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

OH HI Marisa!!! Thank you for visiting! Yes - my addiction is pretty serious. I rid myself of a stack last week - and then I bought 3 more! I can't stop!! What is your favorite cookbook? Or do you have several? What are they? I'm coming over to check out your Butternut Squash Bisque with Bacon - because, that sounds terrific!!!

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