Christmas Pie Recipe - Texasliving

Christmas Pie Recipe

Follow this recipe to create a holiday pie of your very own!

Photo Courtesy of: Butch Ireland

Ingredients

Pie Filling
  • 1 quart (4 cups) cranberries, chopped (add some whole berries, too)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg white
Pie Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 1/2 to 1/3 cups ice water

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add the butter and the shortening. Use a pastry blender or two forks to break up the butter and mix it with the flour/salt combination. You should be left with pea-sized crumbles.
  3. Add ice to ½ cup of water. Add to crust mixture 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring well after each tablespoon. You know you’ve added enough water when the dough begins to clump, somewhere around ½ a cup.
  4. Using your hands, work the dough into a ball and then divide it in half. Form each half into a 1-inch disk. Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. While waiting for the crust to set in the refrigerator, Toss the cranberries, sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.
  6. Once the crust is ready, roll it out and place it in the bottom of your pie plate.
  7. Add cranberry filling to the pie plate and add pieces of butter to the top.
  8. Roll out the other portion of dough. You can lay the crust over the pie filling or you can create a lattice as shown in the photo. If you cover the whole pie with one piece, be sure to cut a few vents in the crust.
  9. Add egg white and water to a small bowl and beat well.
  10. Brush the crust with the egg mixture and sprinkle with sugar.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40 minutes, until the crust is just golden. 
  12. Enjoy your delicious Christmas pie!