Are you all tired of the fancy pie crusts yet or are we still collectively digging them? I, for one, have always and will always be a fan. Not to sound trite but I've been decorating my pie crusts with leafy shapes for years, long before specialty kitchen stores caught on and started designing pie stamps exclusively for this purpose. I've been using maple leaf cookie cutters and hand cutting my own leaves for literally decades. But I will admit, those pie stamps have made my life a whole lot easier.
Here's the thing, as trendy as these leafy pie crust designs have become, they are downright stunning. I am not generally a fan of food trends but I always delight in a pie that's made from scratch and artfully prepared by a fellow extra miler. A creatively crafted pie crust is certainly not necessary but it always steals the show and I swear that extra work makes it taste just a wee bit sweeter.
This recipe for Cranberry Apple Brown Butter Crumble Pie isn't quite as involved as some of the designs out there but it fully utilizes every last scrap of pie dough by shaping it into a few pretty piles of leaves, while giving the crumble top even more texture and visual appeal. I think crumble pies are often overlooked these days, especially with the current obsession with decorative pie crusts. But, according to a highly scientific Instagram poll run by me, people are still way into eating crumble pies. Yay!
This Cranberry Apple Brown Butter Crumble Pie bridges the gap between that simple crumble top and an ornate crust design, with simple leafy elements that are easy to prepare and a flavor combo that's over the top tasty. While browning the butter for the crumble top isn't totally necessary, it adds a nice nutty depth to the textural crumble top. The oats and toasty hazelnuts add all kinds of crunch, while the brown butter brings a nutty depth of flavor to the topping. The spiced up apple and cranberry filling round out the sweet and sour edges in the filling of this Cranberry Apple Brown Butter Crumble Pie.
If you want to start incorporating some simple design elements into your pies this season, I suggest starting with this Cranberry Apple Brown Butter Crumble Pie recipe. Once you feel like you've got the hang of shaping out the dough leaves, check out my recipe for my legendary Apple Cheddar Pie and give it a spin! If you really want to dig deep into pie shaping, I've got a whole class on shaping and baking "Picture Perfect Pie - Modernizing the classic apple pie recipe with a leafy, sharp cheddar crust" over at Skillshare. In this video tutorial I share my secret weapons and top tips and tricks to making my Apple Cheddar Pie with a leafy crust. Whether you plan to get jiggy with a fancy crust or keep it simple by baking a rustic galette, I've got all of the pie, hand pie and galette inspiration for you this holiday season! As always, I am here to help along your pie journey. Feel free to drop me an email or DM over on Instagram.
May your Thanksgiving be as sweet and spicy as this Cranberry Apple Brown Butter Crumble Pie. Happy holidays and happy baking, ya turkeys!Print
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