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Nutty Streusel-Topped Creamy Cranberry or Cherry, Apple or Pear Pie

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NUTTY STREUSEL-TOPPED CREAMY CRANBERRY OR CHERRY, APPLE OR PEAR PIE
one 9-inch pie 

 

Nutty Streusel Crumb Topping:

  • ½ cup chopped blanched almonds or English walnuts or cashews or pecans
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature

 

½ (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts (1 crust), or one 9-inch unbaked pie shell (favorite pastry recipe)

 

Filling:

  • 1¼ to 1½ cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream or half-and-half (see note)
  • 6 cups thinly sliced, cored, peeled, seeds removed  tart cooking apples or pears (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries or dried tart or sweet dark (Bing) cherries 

Wedges of sharp Cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)

 

Prepare Nutty Streusel Crumb Topping.  In a medium bowl, combine nuts, flour, and brown sugar; with a pastry blender or two table knives, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse pebbles.  Set aside. 

Line a pie plate with pastry crust; flute edge of crust by pinching crust with forefinger and thumb at evenly spaced intervals.  Line crust with a sheet of aluminum foil; spread a thin layer of uncooked rice over foil.  Partially bake crust in a preheated hot oven (425 degrees F.) for 7 minutes.  Remove crust from oven; remove foil and rice and allow crust to cool while preparing filling.  Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F. 

In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, nutmeg, and salt, mixing well; gradually add cream or half-and-half, blending well.  Prepare apples or pears and place in a large bowl; add cranberries or cherries to apples or pears.  Add cream mixture, mixing gently but well with apple/pear slices and cranberries/cherries.  Turn apple/pear/cranberry/cherry mixture into prepared pie shell.  Very loosely cover pie with aluminum foil; arrange pie on a rack in the center of the lower third of a preheated hot oven (400 degrees F.).  Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until apples or pears are tender and sauce is thickened and bubbly hot.  Evenly sprinkle Nutty Streusel Crumb Topping over apples/cranberry filling.  Continue baking, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until streusel topping is crispy and golden brown.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature, plain or garnished with a wedge of sharp Cheddar cheese.

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