French Apple-Cranberry Pie

filed under: Pies + Tarts on January 27, 2016

This classic French Apple Cranberry Pie is a fantastic way to impress friends and family. Heck, even total strangers will love it. 😉


French Apple-Cranberry Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

This classic French Apple Cranberry Pie is a fantastic way to impress friends and family. Heck, even total strangers will love it. 😉

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: French Apple-Cranberry Pie
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts softened as directed on box
  • 4 c sliced peeled cooking apples 4 medium
  • 2 c fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c butter
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Place store bought pie crust in 9-inch glass pie pan and bake as directed on the box.
  2. In large bowl, gently mix apples, cranberries and vanilla. In small bowl, mix remaining filling ingredients.
  3. Add dry ingredients to fruit; toss to coat. Pour into crust-lined pan.
  4. In small bowl, mix all topping ingredients except butter. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over filling.

  5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until apples are tender, and crust and topping are golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. If desired, serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.



French Apple-Cranberry Pie!

Confession: This pie sounded amazing for one reason. It had ‘French’ in the title.

As far as I know it is just like any other apple-cranberry pie.  But is says french, so it sounds more sophisticated and delightful.  Like, if I eat a piece I will be magically transformed into a tall & skinny well dressed fashionable woman who pulls off bright red lipstick like nobody’s business.

It could happen.

French Apple-Cranberry Pie!

Another confession:

I am not a good pie maker.  When my friend retired and closed her bakery, she passed on this recipe with a hug and a prayer. She assured, it never fails. Even if you are not a great pie maker!

She. Was. Right.

French Apple-Cranberry Pie!

I will just advise you to not make the same mistake I have made.  Be sure to cover that crust with foil about 20 minutes in. But even if you do make the same mistake I did, the flavors are so darn delicious that it will still be amazing.  I speak truth.


French Apple-Cranberry Pie!

I don’t often get requests for pie (apparently people think I like to make cakes or something) but when I do this is one of the most requested.  I have tried with homemade crust and it is nothing short of awesome.

Grandma's Recipe kicked up a notch!

Looking for more Apple Pie treats? Try these!

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Homemade Apple Pie

French Apple Cranberry Pie

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Cake

Caramel Apple Pie Toffee Bars

Chocolate Cinnamon Apple Roses (so beautiful!)

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  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Amanda, I don’t think this pie is overly browned at all!!! It looks perfect! and those apple layers in the pie. . oh my gawd!!! delicious. . and yes, I will happily take a slice and be transported to Paris with you. . we can eat pie and baguettes all afternoon! 😛

    • Amanda says:

      Now THAT would be amazing!!!

  • Beth @ The First Year says:

    I just threw a pie in the garbage last week, and it didn’t even require any baking and I still messed it up!! I’d still eat yours for sure!!

    • Amanda says:

      1. I am SO sorry!!! 2. It is terrible that not I don’t feel so bad that I am the only one??? 🙂

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    Oooh la la! (That’s about all the French I know.) 😉

    This looks beautiful, Amanda! And I would totally eat a slice even if it’s a little toastier than you intended. Looks great to me!

    • Amanda says:

      You are too kind! 🙂

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    This is a very sophisticated pie 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Ha ha, thanks. 😉

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    I like for my edges to be a little crunchy. So naturally your pie looks amazing to me!

    • Amanda says:

      Then we would be a match made in heaven. 🙂

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    Holy moly this is one gorgeous pie!!! Say what? I need this!!

    • Amanda says:

      You make me smile. 🙂

  • Lexi @ Sempre Dolce says:

    I have never had apple-cranberry pie before, but the combination sounds amazing!

    • Amanda says:

      I was in the same boat… now that I have tried it I love it! 🙂

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    Apples and cranberries sound so good together. I think your pie looks amazing, and I’m so glad you didn’t trash it! Unfortunately I had to throw a whole pie out last week…my own stupid mistake though! LOL!

    • Amanda says:

      Ugh… isn’t that the worst?!?

  • Kristen says:

    What beautiful photos and what a beautiful pie! Yum!

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    I make a french coconut pie and have no idea why there’s french in the title. I just eat it and love it and don’t analyze. PIE is my life – love this one!!

  • Ann says:

    I have an apple-cranberry-date pie that I make and love. Any real reason to pre-bake the pie crust? If I did this with my own crust, it seems I could just bake it with the filling….

  • Teresa says:

    So lovely! Yum.

  • Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says:

    Your pie is beautiful! But I hear you… I struggle with pies. The crusts!! So hard not to burn or undercook and then I have no idea if the fillings are ever done! Haha. This one is gorgeous and I love the flavors. That topping!!! It’s incredible.

  • Caralyn glutenfreehappytummy says:

    oh wow that topping….swoon!!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    The French make everything so darn classy. I am not an expert pie maker either, but this one looks worth a shot!

    • Amanda says:

      You nailed it. They make it look classy! 🙂

  • CindyK says:

    Wow, we have a lot in common. I love anything French and as much of a good baker as I am, my pies normally have something wrong with them too! I tend to be more hard on myself. This year for Thanksgiving I made this very pie but made it as a tart. I peeled the apples ahead of time and squeezed some lemon juice on them. I put way too much juice on them and the pie turned out sour. I need to make a pie in July to get in more practice for the holidays. We have more in common. I am a home school mom and a Christian! I think you home school. sorry if I am wrong. Have a blessed. day!

    • Amanda says:

      Great to ‘meet’ you Cindy!!! So cool that we have some things in common! Any change you live by my and dislike laundry as much as I do but love coffee breaks? 🙂

      • CindyK says:

        I live in California where it is illegal to where jean jumpers. Everyone always thinks home school moms wear jean jumpers. 😉 I find folding laundry therapeutic because it is one of very few things I can control and make tidy in my life. I bake as a hobby and it is therapeutic too. My break comes on Fridays when my boys go to a home school co-op. That is when I get my coffee iced and decaf. Not official in the coffee drinkers club I am guessing.~

  • Liz says:

    Oh, boy, do I love apple desserts! And when no top crust is involved, I have a wee bit more confidence that it will look as good as I know this one tastes! That slice packed with apples is calling my name…

  • Joanne says:

    I mean, seeing as how French women never get fat, this must be full-on health food! Totally gorgeous.

    • Amanda says:

      LOL I like how you think. 🙂

  • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet says:

    When the words “french” and “pie” are in the title, I get very excited!

  • Allie | Baking a Moment says:

    I love everything about this! The crust, the filling, even the props in the background! What a gorgeous post 🙂

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    Your pie looks beautiful, Amanda! I love the flavors and would feel super elegant and sophisticated while I enjoyed a slice of this!

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments says:

    I think it’s beautiful Amanda! And I have to admit I’m the same way with pie. Just starting to get brave. The first few times I made pie crust in my early married years I wanted to throw it against a wall. I then went refrigerated dough for a while just to avoid frustration. Now I’m finally able to do but I still can’t label them as pretty. So I’ll keep practicing.

    Love this French pie. mmm….

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  • Annie @ ciaochowbambina says:

    So you’re telling me, if I eat this pie I’ll be able to pull off bright red lipstick? I’m in! I’m in anyway…this sounds delicious!!

  • Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook says:

    This looks about perfect to me – I can just taste those creamy apples in there!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    I agree, anything with French in the title sounds good to me too. This pie looks amazing! I’ll take a slice, pelase!

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