Looking for a pie that is different from the traditional pumpkin pie for the holidays? Here you have a Cranberry Custard Pie with Cream Cheese Crust that promises to be the star of the desserts on the table.
Cranberries…I love them! I always thought that we should have fresh cranberries available all year round and not only during the Thanksgiving season.
They are versatile and great in so many recipes. I personally use dried cranberries in all kind of salads and dishes I cook.
However, I would love to have more fresh cranberries though. There are so many recipes I could make, but not enough time during the short season when cranberries are available.
Suggestions for recipes that use cranberries:
As you can see, from salads to stuffing to chocolate fudge and cookies, the possibilities are endless.
Getting back to our recipe for today, this Cranberry Custard Pie is out of this world. I just love the tartness of the cranberries with the custard inside.
However, the crust is my favorite. It is made with cream cheese and tastes divine! You might be surprised to hear that a crust can be made with cream cheese. I also made in the past pastries using Farmer cheese instead of cream cheese.
I have to say that this type of pastry is my favorite. While growing up, pastry dough made with cheese was popular among the bakers. The pastries come up tender and extremely delicious.
In Eastern Europe, the farmer cheese is wildly used in pastries, especially in the old recipes. The fat in the butter and cheese together helps create the layers of goodness, which makes the pastry taste divine.
We all know what fat does to a pastry, so our grandmothers knew that very well.
For years, I was kind of resistant to make pies at home. I did not grow up with them and my first attempt to make an American apple pie from scratch was an absolute disaster.
I am not sure what went wrong with that recipe, but I ended up with a soggy crust(top AND bottom), a pile of sad apples in the middle that collapsed when I took the pie out of the oven and a bunch of juice that looked like soup. It was almost inedible.
Because of that experience, I gave up on making pies completely. For Thanksgiving I came up with other desserts that were more European.
We tend to entertain also on Friday after Thanksgiving, and I knew that people would look forward to try these desserts instead of eating again pumpkin pie.
However, in the last few years, I started again to think about pies and expanding my repertoire with some of the traditional American desserts out there.
This cranberry custard pie is delicious. Even if you are not a great baker, you can still make it.
Secret: You can even cheat and go for a bought pie crust if my recipe feels intimidating. However, I truly encourage you to try to make the crust at home, especially if you have a food processor where it takes only few minutes to put it together.
I guarantee that this pie will be the attraction on the Thanksgiving table and you will make your family and friends happy.
How To Make The Cranberry Custard Pie With Cream Cheese Crust:
This recipe is easy if you follow it correctly. The dough needs to be refrigerated for at least an hour before you use it.
That could be made with the day before. On the day of baking, take the dough out of the fridge, roll it out on a floured surface in a 12-inch round, then slide it into a 9-inch baking dish.
Put the pie dish with the crust in the fridge again for about 30 minutes. You are going to bake the crust a little bit before you add the filling.
Line the crust with aluminum foil, then fill with pie weights or dried beans.
Bake the crust according to the instruction on the bottom of this article, remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Meanwhile, don’t play Candy Crush on your phone! Make the filling! The filling is easy to make.
Roughly chop the cranberries and combine them with sugar and lemon zest. Separately, grab another bowl and beat eggs together with heavy cream and flour and make sure the mixture is smooth. Pour that over the cranberries.
Now, take that filling and pour it over the baked crust. Return the pie to the oven and bake for another 50 minutes to an hour, OR until the filling is set.
Your oven might be different than mine, so please keep an eye on that pie.
Transfer the pie to a rack and let it cool completely. I tried the pie cold from the fridge and I did not like it.
I think it is better warm, dusted with a little bit of powdered sugar over. Yum! Perfect for the end of a delicious Thanksgiving meal, with a cup of coffee!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
- For the Crust:
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
- 6 ounces cream cheese, cold, cut into small cubes
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar(or lemon juice)
- 1 tablespoon ice water
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- For The Filling:
- 1 (12 ounces) bag cranberries, slightly thawed if frozen
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- lemon zest from 1 lemon
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- Prepare the crust:
- Place flour and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine.
- Add butter and pulse few times until the mixture resembles pea size pieces.
- Add the cream cheese and pulse few more times until the dough comes together.
- Add the vinegar(or the lemon juice)and the ice water. Pulse few more times until the dough is moist.
- Shape the dough into a disk, wrap and refrigerate until firm for at least one hour or overnight.
- Roll out the dough into a 12-inch round. Ease into a 9-inch pie dish. Fold the overhanging dough under itself and crimp with a fork or just your fingers.
- Brush the edge of the dough with egg and refrigerate again until firm, for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line the crust with aluminum foil and place on top pie weights or dried beans.
- Bake until golden around the edge, about 15 minutes. Remove foil and weights and continue baking until the bottom of the crust is dry, 5 more minutes.
- Cool completely before adding the filling.
- Make the filling:
- Chop the cranberries and combine with sugar and lemon zest.
- Whisk the eggs with heavy cream and flour in a bowl until smooth. Pour over the cranberries.
- Add the filling mixture to the crust and bake until the filling is set, 50 minutes to an hour approximately.
- Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 259mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 7g