Tuesday, September 27, 2011

High Bush Cranberry Pie

This is highbush cranberry season here on the prairies! These cranberries when ripe are tart and juicy and excellent for pies or jellies. This is my favorite pie at this time of the year! It brings back memories of growing up on the farm, picking berries and Mom baking pies and freezing the rest of the berries to enjoy in winter. This pie is amazing served warm with ice cream.
After your berries are picked and cleaned, head to the kitchen to make your favorite pastry. Once your pastry is made it's time to make your filling.
Filling for one 9" pie you will need:
  • 3 cups highbush cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  1. Mix together until well combined.
  2. Spoon into your unbaked pie crust, cover with a top crust, trim off excess and crimp the edges.
  3. Brush top with milk, sprinkle with sugar (optional).
  4. Cut vents for steam to escape while baking.
  5. Bake at 425º for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 375º and bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer.
  6. Serve warm with ice cream..if you are feeling generous share the pie with friends. 

25 comments:

  1. Ohh, so good to know! The 5-acre property we bought 2 years ago has a very large highbush cranberry bush on it, usually loaded with berries. I have never picked them because I didn't know when they were ready. I should go see if the birds have left any and try this recipe! Sounds so yummy!

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  2. I've never heard of high bush cranberries, but my mouth is watering! That crust is to killing me! Thanks for sharing your berries with us!

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  3. Love the taste of the berries. As I'm not fond of pies I always just make jelly with the juice. The taste is heavenly.

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  4. how different is the taste from regular cranberries?

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  5. I came back from our farm in Manitoba with tons of beautiful high bush cranberries and made love jelly! My question for you is there a flat pit in your high bush berries? apparently there is a low bush cranberries without pits.. I was looking for a recipe using cranberries for peroghies!

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  6. Kennedy..yes high bush cranberries have a flat pit. Haven't heard of a perogy recipe for these berries but it sure sounds interesting.
    Farmer..these berries are more tart and have a flat pit. You can eat the pits when used in pies. When making jelly I use only the juice of the berries.

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  7. the pie looks and sounds great.......the jam was good too :o)...Thanks Betty

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  8. Until now, I'd never heard of high bush cranberries nor have I eaten cranberry pie. Apple and cranberry, yes. But seeing as I love partridgeberry pie, and partridgeberries and cranberries are a lot a like, I'm guessing this would be worth a try. Thanks so much.

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  9. I LOVE pie. And I have never tried cranberry... thanks for the recipe!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  10. Gorgeous photography! The pie looks so delicious, too!

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  11. That pie looks wonderful and I love pies, I love'em. I love them with creamy custard or ice cream or heavy cream. Now, those cranberries look like redcurrants to me (I'm English). I'm not sure if we have cranberries over here. We have cranberry sauce with turkey but it's in a jar and I buy it. I must check.
    Please tell me how to get that 'Print Friendly' button. I'd love one of those for my Blog.

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  12. Ive had cherry pie which is my favorite so many times, or lets say more times than i would admit. But cranberry is a new one on me, and im sure it would taste great. Great pictures by the way lady's and another fine recipe from you folks. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  13. I had no idea there was such a thing. You guys have the craziest fruits...choke cherries, high cranberries!

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  14. Betty, I've also never had high bush cranberries but your fabulous pictures have me yearning for a piece. They are obviously different from the regular cranberries we grow out here. When I come to Manitoba again, I'll be begging for a piece of high bush cranberry pie.

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  15. Beautiful pictures Mom! When you cook this fruit it smells a bit like stinky feet, hehe. This fruit is native to Canada, you can find more information on it at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/fruit/bli01s00.html

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  16. Here in Italy we don't have any fresh cranberries :( ... but this cake is delicious!!! hugs, Flavia

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  17. I 'd say the smell is more than a bit like smelly feet. Also , there is no comparison with the cranberries eaten with turkey other than both are red.

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  18. thanks for the reply.
    my Mennonite neighbor made me a pie that looked just like yours,I assumed it was cranberry rhubarb,it was wonderful,after seeing your picture I'm sure this was it.

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  19. I have lived in the prairies all my life and I have never heard of these berries; they look so pretty. They resemble red currants. Do they just grow wild on your property?

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  20. Yes Eva, the high bush cranberries grow wild on our property. They definetly are a very pretty berry!

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  21. Betty, the pic's look awesome!!

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  22. these berries make the house smell like a cow barn, BUT I will give it to you - you know how to turn that barn smell into a wonderful tasty treat(omit the ice cream for obvious reasons ;)

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  23. I agree with all those posting about the nasty smell---we have them up here in Alaska, and the smell just keeps us away---even with lots of sugar and cooking it just isn't edible. maybe there is a different kind of high bush out your way??

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  24. looks yummy gonna try this recipe for thanksgiving.

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  25. oh my word...what torture!!!! Those are beautiful berries...gorgeous! My mouth is watering...what a yummy looking pie!

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