Apple Cranberry Almond Pie

Apple Cranberry Almond Pie

If you are looking for the perfect pie for Thanksgiving, this is for you. This is the perfect winter/fall pie with lots of juicy apples, fresh cranberries, and a hint of almond. Let me introduce Apple Cranberry Almond Pie to you!

Apple Cranberry Almond PieIt is a bit of work, at least if you want to make a fancy pie crust like I did. Obviously you can also keep it simple. This was for meditation, actually.

How to make pie roses

Apple Cranberry Almond Pie

But apart from the enormous filling (have I mentioned often enough that I loooove filling?) the crust is also super easy and super delicious. Trust me. It follows the German pie crust rule. Which one that is, you ask? It is the 3-2-1 rule. A pie crust is usually created with three parts of flour, two parts of butter and one part of sugar. Ok, for pie usually the amount of sugar is reduced as the filling is already sweet. But it works like a charm. Just to be sure, I dedicated an entire blog entry how to make it perfectly. The pretty roses, for which you will also find instructions below how to form, are made with this pie crust. Easy peasy.

Apple Cranberry Almond Pie

So let’s get going!

Instructions for the roses:

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Credit: Slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Apple Cranberry Almond Pie

Serves: One 26 cm ∅ springform or deep-dish pie
Cooking Time: 1hr preparation + 1hr of baking


  • Sugared Cranberries (eatable decoration)
  • 400 grams of white sugar
  • 240 milliliters of water
  • 100 grams of fresh cranberries

  • Pie Crust (makes double pie crust for deep-dish pie), see here ten tips for the perfect crust
  • 300 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 200 grams of cold butter cut into cubes
  • 50 grams of regular sugar
  • 1 egg yolk or 1-3 teaspoons of ice-cold water

  • Filling
  • 6 large apples, thinly sliced
  • 100 grams of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 100 grams of processed almonds
  • 80 grams of regular sugar
  • 20 grams of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • Egg wash and sugar for pie crust decoration if desired



For the sugared cranberries dissolve 200 grams of sugar in boiling water. Soak cranberries in sugar water overnight.


The next day drain cranberries and roll in 200 grams of sugar. Let dry on parchment paper for a few hours.


Meanwhile prepare the pie crust by making crumbs with all ingredients except for the water. This is best done with the kneading attachment of a mixer or with your hands.


Add water, one tablespoon at a time and kneed with your hands until you can form into a ball. Chill for at least half an hour in the fridge with plastic wrap.


Cut dough in half, transfer one half back to fridge. Roll out other half larger than your deep-dish pie pan and be sure it covers it completely. I even used a springform as you can see on the pictures. Chill until you are ready with the filling.


For the filling peel apples and slice thinly. Mix with remaining ingredients in a large bowl and pour over pie crust. Put pie back into the fridge.


For the decorated pie crust roll out second half of dough. First create lattice decoration.


Cut out about eight small circles with cookie cutter, line them up, and roll them up. Cut in half and bend rose leaves a little. See step-by-step instructions for further guidance.


Cut out leaves, etc. to your liking and decorate pie with it. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle coarse sugar on top.


Bake pie at 210 degrees Celsius for 20min, then cover fully in aluminium foil and bake for another 30min at 180 degrees Celsius.


Let cool completely before serving and sprinkle with sugared cranberries.

How to make pie roses

Apple Cranberry Almond PieAs always I am taking this to the link party Fiesta Friday, which is cohosted by Judi from Cooking with Aunt Juju and Liz from Spades, Spatulas and Spoons.

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  • Reply
    Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    Friday November 17th, 2017 at 03:30 PM

    Wow – really stunning pastry work!

    • Reply
      Friday November 17th, 2017 at 04:14 PM

      Thanks so much!

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    Friday November 17th, 2017 at 06:08 PM

    This is an absolutely beautiful pie! I wish I had the patience to make a fancy crust. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Friday November 17th, 2017 at 06:14 PM

      It was like meditation for me!

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    Lizet Flores de Bowen
    Friday November 17th, 2017 at 06:39 PM

    Jenny, this is such an amazing pie! It looks so delicious and beautiful!

    • Reply
      Friday November 17th, 2017 at 09:45 PM

      Thank you! It was so much fun making it!

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    Judith Graber
    Saturday November 18th, 2017 at 05:04 PM

    Love, love, love your rose crust. What a great idea Jenny – I always use leaves and such. I will definitely have to do that with my next apple pie. I like that you “kicked up” a traditional apple pie (just apples) with the cranberries and almonds. This is a winner – thanks for bring such a pretty and delicious pie to Fiesta Friday.

    • Reply
      Saturday November 18th, 2017 at 06:04 PM

      Thank you, Judi for your kind words!

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    Saturday November 18th, 2017 at 07:20 PM

    Absolutely stunning, you can bring this to my holiday dinner any day! Thank you for bringing it to FF.

    • Reply
      Saturday November 18th, 2017 at 07:43 PM

      Hi Liz,
      Thanks! Would love to bring one to you 😉

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      Judith Graber
      Sunday November 19th, 2017 at 03:48 AM

      I see you stopped by my blog – too bad you didn’t say “hello”. Call me Judi by the way… Judith is so formal sounding 🙂

      • Reply
        Sunday November 19th, 2017 at 02:46 PM

        Hi Judi, sorry, will keep that in mind and I checked your blog in a little more detail just a while ago 😉

  • Reply
    Monday November 20th, 2017 at 03:48 AM

    What a beautiful pie – I love the details you added to the crust! I’ve never had an apple pie with almonds in it before, but it sounds delicious.

    • Reply
      Monday November 20th, 2017 at 08:57 AM

      It is really delicious, you should give it a try!

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    Monika Dabrowski
    Monday November 20th, 2017 at 05:51 PM

    Your pie looks stunning and I like the fact you’ve included instructions on how to make the roses:)

    • Reply
      Monday November 20th, 2017 at 06:20 PM

      Thanks, it is actually not that hard and I think people overestimate how complicated it is.

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    Angie | Fiesta Friday
    Friday November 24th, 2017 at 05:42 AM

    So impressive!!! You’re a goddess! The goddess of pie crust 🙂

    • Reply
      Friday November 24th, 2017 at 07:06 AM

      Thank you so much!

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    Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    Sunday November 26th, 2017 at 09:34 PM

    Such a stunning pie!

    • Reply
      Sunday November 26th, 2017 at 09:57 PM

      Thanks! It also tastes wonderful!

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