Cranberry Pie

It's a toss up whether you'll consider this a cake or a pie, but it's called pie in Sara Chase's cookbook, no doubt because it's made in a pie pan. You don't even need a mixer to make it, it's all done by hand and in short order, too. My daughter thought it was scone-like in texture. I think you'll find it somewhat like an upside down cake, but while there seems to be plenty of sugar in it, the cranberries are the balance and it isn't too sweet. It actually does need the ice cream addition.

Sara Leah Chase's Cranberry Pie

From her cookbook, Cold Weather Cooking

12 ounces fresh cranberries
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325. Butter a 10 inch pie plate.
Place cranberries in the pie plate along with the brown sugar, zest, cinnamon and walnuts. Toss so it is evenly mixed.
Whisk the eggs in a bowl, beat in the butter, sugar, vanilla and sour cream until blended. Gradually stir in the flour and mix until smooth. Pour evenly over the cranberries.
Bake until the fruit is bubbly and it is browned on top, about 55 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of ice cream.


  1. Hi Barbara,

    Love cranberries and they so healthy and the pie looks delicious.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope all is well with you.
    Happy November

  2. It looks fabulous, pie or cake! Fresh cranberries are not easy to find over here..wish I could taste a slice of yours!

  3. Oh I love it. Too bad MJ and I won't even be in the same state for Thanksgiving. Maybe she'd like that for her birthday cake in a couple of weeks?

  4. My mom passed in August and she was known for her pies. It's my vow to follow in her footsteps and make more pies. Pinning this one. It sounds divine. And great for the holiday. Thanks for sharing Barbara.

  5. Is it a bit clafoutis..ish?:)

  6. I really like this Barbara, I have never baked with fresh cranberries before, will be making this recipe for sure.

  7. Another awesome way to enjoy cranberries this season! I love it!!


  8. Barbara, you are my go-to for November/December desserts! So great to visit again; like a warm, trusted kitchen of a good friend whenever I drop by to say hello. Glad to see you're doing great! - Fats

  9. What a lovely pie! That crust is intriguing.



  10. The fact that it is made so easily makes it even more attractive Barbara!

  11. i see shades of so many different desserts! but of course ice cream is essential. of course.

  12. Great way to use cranberries this time of year. Love that it is easy too. Thanks Barbara.

  13. So easy…pie or cake, I know it has to be delicious.

  14. This looks likes a perfectly wonderful fall or winter dessert, Barbara! I love using cranberries in desserts.

    1. I just noticed that the comment date is a month off.



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