Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nantucket Christmas Cranberry Pie {traditional and gluten free recipes}

From the crunch of the sugar crust on the bottom, to the juicy cranberries, to the flaky cake layer on top; this is cranberry dessert heaven. This recipe was sent to me by a reader, Maureen. She saw our Cranberry Christmas Cake on Facebook and thought we might like this pie. She was right. My whole family LOVED this pie and I even ate it again for breakfast. It proved to be irresistible!

Nantucket Christmas Cranberry Pie {traditional and gluten free recipes}
recipe slightly adapted from Maureen
Yield: 8 servings
(printable recipe)

Filling Ingredients:
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Topping Ingredients:
2 eggs
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown rice flour *
1/3 cup tapioca starch *
1 teaspoon almond extract

* If you are not in need of a gluten free recipe, simply substitute 1 cup total of all purpose flour for the items marked with an *

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the filling ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into a generously buttered 10" pie plate. (If you do not have a 10" pan, a 9" will work fine, it will simply need the full baking time.)

Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add the eggs and beat again until fluffy. Add the flour and almond extract and beat once more. Spread the thick batter over the cranberry mixture in the pan. I used a small cookie scoop to quickly dollop spoonfuls across the top of the pie. It doesn't need to look perfect.

Bake for 35-42 minutes, test doneness with a toothpick, just to make sure the topping is cooked through. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!


  1. Mary, I made your cranberry cake over Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit. Will probably make it again at Christmas. However, this looks wonderful, I have to decide which one to make??:-)

  2. I love how easy this sounds, like even I could do it!

  3. I have just started baking with cranberries and I have to say that they are new true love. This looks so delicious.

  4. I made this cranberry pie today and took it to my party at work! It was a huge hit!

  5. I love anything with cranberries in it! Looks perfect!

  6. I made this yesterday, I LOVE IT. MY husband did not care for the tart from the cranberries. Soooo that means I have to eat the WHOLE CAKE

  7. That heavenly pie makes my mouth water. I love cranberries every winter holiday.

  8. I made this and it was ver t good.
    I will make it again!