Fall French Apple Cranberry Pie combines two of fall’s favorite flavors – apples and cranberries – baked in a pie  crust and topped with a brown sugar-butter-flour crumb topping! My friend Jennifer gave me this recipe and I’ve tweaked it just a bit. I added cranberries because I like the pop of tartness contrasted with the sweetness of the apples! Jennifer prefers to use Rome Beauties in her pie recipe. I used Gala apples because that’s what I had in my refrigerator!

I added a teaspoon of lemon juice to the apples to keep them from darkening in color prior to baking them. This is totally optional. I also cut down the sugar in the filling to 1/3 cup from 2/3 cup listed in the original recipe.

Recipe for French Apple Cranberry Pie

French Apple Cranberry Pie
Serves 6
A delicious pie made of apples and cranberries, finished off with a brown sugar-butter-flour crumb topping!
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  1. 1 unbaked 9" pie shell
  1. 6 - 7 cups sliced apples (peeled & cored)
  2. 3/4 cup cranberries
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  6. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  1. Combine apples, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and lemon juice (if using) and mix well.
  2. Pour filling into pie shell.
  3. Make topping by combining flour, butter and brown sugar with a fork until crumbly.
  4. Bake pie at 425 degrees F. for 15 minutes, then turn down the temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until top of pie is golden brown.
Adapted from Jennifer Parsons
Adapted from Jennifer Parsons
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 Did You Know?

Apple Pie was brought to the colonies by the British, Dutch and Swedes during the 17th and 18th Centuries.

When fresh apples were not available early settlers used dried apples to make their apple pies.

Mock Apple Pie was made from Ritz Crackers, along with  sugar and various spices, as far back as the 1930’s. Mock Apple Pie was probably invented for use aboard ships, as it was known to the British Navy as early as 1812.

Although apple pies have been eaten since long before the European colonization of the Americas, “as American as apple pie” is a saying in the United States meaning “typically American.”

The dish was also commemorated in the phrase “for Mom and apple pie” – supposedly the standard answer of American soldiers in World War II whenever they were asked why they were going to war.

Some folks like their apple pie “a la mode” – usually meaning with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while others like their apple pie with a piece of cheese.

Mrs. Smith’s did a nationwide poll a few years ago and found that 47% of Americans prefer Apple Pie and an additional 25% preferred Apple Crumb Pie for a total of 72% of all the varieties of pies available here!


If you need a recipe for pie crust please click here to go to my post on Decadently Delicious Kahlua Pecan Pie. In the same post there is a video that shows how to crimp pie crust to make it look really nice!

I hope you’ll make this wonderful French Apple Cranberry Pie sometime during the fall months when fresh apples are so abundant and so tasty!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Fall French Apple Cranberry Pie — 23 Comments

  1. Janet, I am drinking my coffee this morning and thinking a piece of your apple cranberry pie would be perfect. This looks fabulous…saving this recipe!

  2. Hi Pam, Thanks for the nice comments! It would be great with your coffee! Hope you enjoy it when you have a chance to make it! Blessings, Janet

  3. It not only looks tasty, it’s pretty!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link party!

  4. MMM I love apple pie. The cranberries are a great touch. I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  5. Hi Charlene, I love to put cranberries in apple pie – they look so pretty as well as adding a pop of tartness! Thanks for hosting Family Joy Blog Link Up Party! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  6. Awesome recipe! I love cranberries during the fall. Such an original idea to put them in apple pie. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

  7. Hi Samantha, Thanks for the kind comments! I love cranberries with apples – they add a pop of color and tartness! Hope you enjoy this recipe! Thanks for hosting the Family Joy Link Party! Blessings, Janet

  8. I love all the facts that you’ve added here! I like getting a little education with my food ? I’ve never heard of anyone wanting cheese with their apple pie. I like to eat cheese with apples but I prefer ice-cream or custard with my apple pie – although in Ireland we mostly eat apple tarts (and tarts in Ireland do have tops…).

    This sounds really delicious and I like the addition of cranberries. Good fall fruits, colours and flavours.

  9. Hi Maggie, The cranberries just add a great pop of color and tartness to the apple pie! My paternal grandmother made the best apple pie and she always served it to us with a slice of Cheddar cheese. Of course when we went to visit her the pie had already cooled so maybe that’s why she didn’t give us ice cream too. When I was doing my genealogy back in the late 90’s I found out that a census taker in the 1800’s misspelled our family’s last name. My maiden name was Annas, but I found out it was originally Ennis! I traced our family back to Westmeath County, and back to the 1700’s. So I’m at least 1/4th Irish! I’ve never been to Ireland but maybe someday! Blessings, Janet

  10. This looks delicious. What a tasty combination of flavors! Thanks for partying at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  11. Hi Beverly, Thanks for your kind comments! I love apples with cranberries – the sweetness of the apples contrasts well with the tartness of the cranberries. Thanks for hosting Snickerdoodle Sunday – see you tomorrow! Blessings, Janet

  12. Good recipe using some of the Fall’s best flavors. I never turn down a good pie – Happy FF!

  13. Hi Angela, I agree – the sweetness of the apples and the tartness of the cranberries are a match made in heaven! ? Blessings, Janet

  14. Hi Judith, Thanks for the nice comments and visit! Thank you for hosting Funtastic Fridays! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  15. That’s so interesting about your Grandmother!
    Thanks for sharing your family history. My mom’s American but her family also has a huge Irish connection. The rest of us…..well we are as Irish as they come! Have a good Hallowe’en.

  16. This looks wonderful! It will be featured tomorrow at the To Grandma’s House we go Wednesday link party! Hope to see you there, thanks for sharing with us!

  17. I love the combination of this pie and perfect for fall! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. Thanks for featuring my recipe for Fall French Apple Cranberry Pie on Wednesday’s Link Part! I’m honored! See you there! Blessings, Janet

  19. Hi Miz Helen, The tartness of the cranberries really provides a great contrast to the sweet apples! Thanks for your comments and visit! See you Thursday! Blessings, Janet

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