I love family traditions. Anticipating the expected is very comforting to me. While some roll their eyes at “predictablity,” I think that deep down, they might even find some comfort in things that remain the same.
I used to read Country Home magazine and I was very sad when it was no longer published on a regular basis. I especially looked forward to the December issue. One such issue has become a part of our family traditions.
Having moved to the Nashville area, I was quite pleased when the 1994 issue of Country Home featured the town of Franklin, TN which is south of Nashville. Amongst the recipes listed was Cranberry Pie by Salli LaGrone .
I have baked Cranberry Pie every year since for Thanksgiving and Christmas morning breakfast. I now have to freeze a bag or two of cranberries because it might be requested for one of my children’s summer birthday breakfasts.
Just to let you know how deeply I am affected by tradition, I will tell you that I must mix the pie batter in the pictured blue bowl which was a wedding present. It just doesn’t taste the same if it’s not mixed in the blue bowl. 😉
Cranberry Pie adapted from Salli LaGrone’s recipe.
1 bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease and flour a pie plate.
Rinse cranberries. Place cranberries in pie plate. I usually check each cranberry as I place them in the pie plate. This takes a little longer but prevents any spoiled cranberries from becoming part of the pie. Sprinkle cranberries with the 1/2 cup of white sugar.
In a bowl (preferably blue *wink*), whisk together melted butter, 1 cup white sugar, flour, beaten eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Pour over cranberries in pie plate and smooth batter to the edges.
Bake for 45-60 minutes in a 325 degree oven until a cake tester comes out clean.
I’ve served this pie both warm and cold. Cranberry pie goes well with houligan. Refrigerate leftovers.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. Who knows? It just might become a tradition for your family as well!
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