The start of apple season is marked by the beckoning aroma of apples saturating the market air causing my mind to conjure up images of pie. Where some see a tasty piece of juicy fruit to eat out of hand I imagine all the possible desserts that can be baked. I do it to every single piece of fruit to enter my house. Without fail. It’s a sickness.
Although any time is a good time for pie it’s quite possible fall was invented simply as an excuse to celebrate them. I’m even brave enough to claim fall is pie. Let’s rename it. Spring, Summer, Pie, Winter. It works for me.
The highlight of this apple pie is the crumbly brown sugar topping. The crumbs steal the show on top of this bubbly-sweet apple filling dotted with chewy, dried cranberries over a flaky, buttery crust. It’s a hug. A big, fat pie-hug.
If you like your pie apples quite soft but not mushy than this is the pie for you. If you like them more on the firm side, shorten the bake time and add the crumbs right from the start.