Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
Makes 10 to 12 servings

Beth Secrest once baked four to eight pies a day at the Northern Lights Saloon on the border of Glacier National Park. Now she puts her baking expertise to use at home, where she created this dressed-up apple pie.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine brandy and currants. Cover and let stand until currants are plump, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 375°. Sort cranberries and discard any that are bruised or decayed. Rinse and drain berries.

Step 3

In a large bowl, mix 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, 6 tablespoons flour, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. With a slotted spoon, lift currants from brandy; reserve brandy. Add currants, cranberries, and apples to sugar mixture and mix well. Taste and add more granulated sugar if desired. Pour filling into unbaked 10-inch pie pastry in pan. Drizzle evenly with reserved brandy.

Step 4

In another bowl, mix 1 cup flour and the brown sugar. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender or rub with your fingers until mixture forms small lumps. Sprinkle topping evenly over filling. Set pie in a foil-lined 12-inch pizza pan or 10- by 15-inch baking pan.

Step 5

Bake on the bottom rack until juices bubble around edges and through topping, 55 to 65 minutes. If pie browns too quickly (check after 30 minutes), cover loosely with foil.

Step 6

Set pie, uncovered, on a rack until cool to touch, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Cut into wedges.

Chef's Notes

If making it up to 1 day ahead, cover and chill. To warm the cold pie, bake uncovered in a 350° oven 10 to 15 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

Patshea's Review

December 26, 2013
This is a real keeper! Nine appreciative adults indulged at Christmas dinner. I made one change to the recipe and made it a two crust pie instead of using the brown sugar topping. I'll make. This one of my go- to recipes

brognes's Review

November 20, 2013
This was the first pie I've ever made. It was so much fun and very delicious!

salgal55's Review

January 08, 2013

LynneH's Review

November 12, 2012
My favorite apple pie. I've been making it for years. A bit of work but well worth the effort.

famnel's Review

December 04, 2009
This is a wonderful recipe....Have made it as my Christmas pie for 3 years. I don't make any changes at all. Best served warm.

JFields's Review

November 30, 2009
This has become a family must make for the holidays. Make it exactly according to the recipe and it will be perfection in a crust.

citymommyjd's Review

August 14, 2009
Outstanding! This pie really turned out great. I'm not surprised at all that the author used to bake pies near Glacier National Park, as that place is home to several of the best pie places in the country.

Marguerite1's Review

December 11, 2008
I served this on Thanksgiving and it was by far the favorite pie of all the pies I made. Delicious!

MySusieQ's Review

November 25, 2008
Awesome. This pie solves the annual apple vs. mincemeat debate. Everyone is happy.