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Gluten Free Desserts: Vic and Hallie’s Easy Cranberry Pie Recipe

Posted By yum On October 25, 2007 @ 5:40 pm In Blog Event, Cranberries, Dessert, Party Food, fruit | 16 Comments

cranbpie6.jpgcranbpie.jpg [1]I generally put more energy into my savory menu than my sweet menu. I like sweets sometimes- especially in the form of dark chocolate or fudgey brownies- but I’m often fairly indifferent to cakes and other bready sweets. However, the other night, I went to a gluten-free party [2] and found a sweet recipe I just HAD to have. Isn’t it nice to stumble across gluten-free baking geniuses in your own backyard? Vic and Hallie, our gracious hosts, served an amazing spread, supplemented by many of their gluten-free guests. The most exciting dish was something Hallie had adapted some time back from a “regular” gluten recipe. It was something they called Cranberry Surprise Pie [3] – a variation on an easy, mix style cake that looks, from some angles, like a pie and has that same pleasing buttery mouth feel. I’ve always liked cranberries- but mostly have enjoyed them in sauces and juice. I’ve never had a gluten-free cranberry pie- OR a gluten-free cranberry cake, for that matter. Even though I was totally full from the pizza and breadsticks and other italian delights at the party- I took a slice of “pie” and was totally sold on it with the first bite. It is tart, yet sweet; light but yet satisfying- the cranberry cake-pie is a mix in contrasting flavors and the best word I can use to describe it is just plain YUM! It had rave reviews from everyone at the party, and DH gave it thumbs up too, when I tried Vic and Hallie’s recipe in my own kitchen. I really like how the tartness of the berries contrasts with the mild sweetness of the cake- and it makes a great breakfast with coffee! (Should I not be eating pie/cake for breakfast? Oops, my secret is out!) Vic gave me permission to post the recipe here to share with you all, but I hope you will all also head on over to his Gluten Free Baking Site [4] and enjoy his other lovely gluten free recipes.

cranbpie4.jpg [5] cranberryfilling.jpg [6] cranbpie5.jpg [7]

Garten-Koch-Event: Cranberries [8]Considering I have a major crush on cranberries right now, I was super happy to find out that there was a special blogging event with a cranberry theme! Isn’t this tag the prettiest ever? So, I am thrilled to present this post to the Garden-Cook-Event: Cranberries [8]. Sometimes these things are just serendipity… ;)

Looking for more pie recipes?
Lately Gluten Free by the Bay has been a pie-baking-fiend, with a
Gluten-free apple raspberry pie recipe [9]
Flourless streusel with no refined sugar recipe [10]
and Gluten-free Apple Quince Pie Recipe [11]
Check out her healthy takes on a more traditional pie!

In the mood for some more sweet cranberry baked goods?
Be inspired by Ginger Lemon Girl’s Cranberry Apple Muffins [12]

Vic and Hallie’s Surprise Cranberry Pie Recipe
Dessert [13]  American [14]  
1 bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup Sliced almonds (optional)
1/3 cup Sugar to sprinkle the fruit
3/4 cup Sugar for the crust
2 Eggs
3/4 cup {1-1/2 stick) Butter or margarine (I used 1/4 cup margarine with 1/2 cup butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon Xanthan gum (or xanthan gum mixed with guar gum)
1 cup of your favorite mild GF flour blend.
This recipe makes one large pie or large cake, or two smaller pies or two smaller cakes. I used one large pie pan and one small gratin type dish.
* Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease the pie plates.
* Wash the cranberries or other fruit, leaving a little water on them.
* Place the fruit on the bottom of the pie plate. If you use nuts, put them on top of the fruit. Next sprinkle sugar over the top.
* In a mixing bowl, cream the remaining sugar with the eggs and butter. Stir in the vanilla extract and then finally fold in the flour and xanthan gum.
* Pour or spread the batter over the fruit.
* Bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted near the center of the crust comes out clean.
* Important step: Cool for 10 minutes and gently loosen the edges. If you are using a springform, it is particularly important to loosen the edges at this point. Wait until the pie cools completely before taking off the springform sides.
I used 1/2 tsp xanthan gum and think I would try 1/4 tsp. next time.

For the GF flour blend, Carol Fenster’s or Bette Hagman’s work well- I used a Brown rice version of Bette Hagman’s featherlight blend, but anything will work. Make sure it has a delicate flavor that won’t overwhelm the fruit.

You can use different fruits in this recipe, and adapt the flavorings as desired.

I think the pie tastes best cool, but it’s good either way. If you want to be really crazy you can add whipped cream or ice cream on top.

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[1] Image: http://www.bookofyum.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/cranbpie.jpg

[2] gluten-free party: http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/?p=1134

[3] Cranberry Surprise Pie: http://home.comcast.net/~vhdolcourt/gfbaking/desserts/fruit_surprise_pie.html

[4] Gluten Free Baking Site: http://home.comcast.net/~vhdolcourt/gfbaking/

[5] Image: http://www.bookofyum.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/cranbpie4.jpg

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[8] Image: http://foodblog.paulchens.org/?p=1045

[9] Gluten-free apple raspberry pie recipe: http://glutenfreebay.blogspot.com/2007/10/pie-pie-pie-pie-pie-apple-raspberry-pie.html

[10] Flourless streusel with no refined sugar recipe: http://glutenfreebay.blogspot.com/2007/10/flourless-streusel-crumble-topping-with.html

[11] Gluten-free Apple Quince Pie Recipe: http://glutenfreebay.blogspot.com/2007/10/gluten-free-apple-quince-pie.html

[12] Cranberry Apple Muffins: http://gingerlemongirl.blogspot.com/2007/10/cranberry-apple-muffins.html

[13] Dessert: http://www.bookofyum.com/recipes_v2/listrecipes.php#Dessert

[14] American: http://www.bookofyum.com/recipes_v2/listrecipes.php#American

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