While the buttery, maple-scented filling is inspired by classic pecan pie, we swap in toasted walnuts and add chopped fresh cranberries for a beautiful pop of color and tart flavor contrast that cuts the sweetness.
1/2 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°.
Roll dough into an 11-inch circle; fit into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Fold edges under; flute. Line bottom of dough with a piece of foil; arrange pie weights or dried beans on foil. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes. Remove pie weights and foil; bake 1 minute. Cool on a wire rack.
Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
Combine maple syrup and next 6 ingredients (through eggs) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gently stir in cranberries and walnuts. Pour cranberry mixture into prepared crust. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until filling is just set, shielding edges of piecrust with foil after 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Like a pecan pie with cranberries pretty much sums it up. But it's a refreshing twist on the classic and probably much healthier too. I've made it twice now and loved it both times. I don't do store-bought pie crust, so I used a pat-in pie crust recipe from America's Test Kitchen and that worked fine.