Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 55 Mins
Makes 12 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Crust: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely (about 20 minutes).

Step 2

Meanwhile, beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 minute or until creamy; add powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until mixture is no longer crumbly and starts to come together into a ball. Stir in pecans. Shape one-third of dough into an 8-inch log; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill until ready to use. Press remaining dough on bottom and up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Cover and chill crust.

Step 3

Prepare Filling: Peel apples. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges. Toss together apples and next 4 ingredients. Spoon mixture into prepared crust. Drizzle with melted butter.

Step 4

Cut reserved dough log into 8 (1-inch) pieces. Gently shape each piece into a 6- to 8-inch rope. Lightly press each rope to flatten into strips. Arrange strips in a lattice design over filling.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until juices are thick and bubbly, crust is golden brown, and apples are tender when pierced with a long wooden pick, shielding with foil during last 30 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides of pan.

Ratings & Reviews

mlm378's Review

December 15, 2013
Made this without the cranberries and it was delicous. The shortbread crust worked well as an apple pie only crust.

Su1282's Review

December 01, 2013
Filling was great but the crust was too rich, heavy and crumbly. No one wanted seconds at Thanksgiving.

HobcawChaos's Review

November 22, 2012
This received rave reviews at Thanksgiving today. I was a little wary of making the shortbread crust. It was much easier than I thought and turned out very well. I had also not made an apple pie in a spring form before. With the shortbread up the side, it turned out very pretty. Would have been at home in a restaurant's pastry case.