rustic dessert: winter fruit pie with walnut crumb

winter fruit pie with walnut crumb | everybody likes sandwiches

I made this pie for Thanksgiving and realized that I forgot to post about it. A shame since it’s a very good pie. But it all works out since Amercian Thanksgiving is coming up in a few weeks and this pie makes a delicious rustic and festive dessert. There’s figs, pears, apples and cranberries stuffed into a pie shell and then topped with a buttery, cinnamon-spiced walnut crumb topping. Maybe because I find double-crusts hard to work with (I can never get a really beautiful looking top crust), I love the ease of a crumb topping pie. Plus, it combines the best of the pie world and the crumble world to create something super amazing. Crumb pies are the best – well, at least I think so.

winter fruit pie with walnut crumb | everybody likes sandwiches

This recipe isn’t a quick one. There’s plenty of steps – all of which are easy enough, but they do require some advance planning. If you’d like to make this for dessert, be aware that the dough requires at least an hour to chill before rolling it out. Then it needs to be chilled again before making the filling and the walnut crumb topping. If you want to get a head start, make the dough the day before. I was able to make this on a hectic Sunday afternoon while checking on the turkey in the oven and making the cranberry sauce, and I didn’t find it too stressful to add on the pie making duties as well. You’ll be attending to the pie process off and on for a couple of hours, but it’s worth every bite.

winter fruit pie with walnut crumb | everybody likes sandwiches

I used a few asian pears that came from our CSA share and several heritage apples that we got from a local farmer. The Wealthy apples I used have a sweet-tart taste but not a whole lot of crunch – they work really well for cooking but not so much for eating out of hand. They were perfect for this pie. Perhaps I’m too traumatized from my childhood as my dad’s Fig Newton cookie stash were often the only sweet snacks in the house, but I don’t usually eat figs. That said, I thought they added pockets of jammy sweetness and a seedy crunch that worked well. And the fresh cranberries were nice bright pops of sour to balance everything out.

winter fruit pie with walnut crumb | everybody likes sandwiches

Top your slice with whipped cream flavoured with maple syrup and cinnamon or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. While the pie is great the same day, I think it tastes even better the next day. For breakfast. With a little yogurt dolloped over top.

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12 comments to “rustic dessert: winter fruit pie with walnut crumb”

  1. 1
    vanillasugarblog   November 5, 2012 at 6:17 am

    it’s the crumb that makes it just right.
    takes it to a whole better level–texture & taste-wise

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    Eileen   November 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

    This pie does sound perfect for Thanksgiving! I love the idea of walnuts in the crumble. :)

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    Kasey   November 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Would you believe I’ve never made a crumb-topping pie? Truth be told, Thanksgiving is probably the only time of year I actually make pie, but it really should be something I bake more often. The collection of fruits + the crumb topping sounds really fantastic.

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   November 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Yum! I haven’t made pie in so long. I should make it more often as it gives me an excuse to eat more whip cream. Making a double crust is really not that difficult once you get the hang of it. That being said, a walnut crumble crust ranks high points in my book for being nutty delicious!

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    kickpleat   November 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Agreed, vanillasugarb!

    Eileen, it was such a good seasonal pie for thanksgiving – we all loved it.

    What? Kasey, I can’t believe it. What are you waiting for? :)

    Haha, yes, more excuses to make whipped cream, Bijoux. I know, practice makes perfect – I guess I should start making more pies?!

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    Molly   November 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I was holding this cookbook in a museum shop just yesterday. Love it when someone takes a recipe for a spin and I can hop on for the ride. How pleased am I that I bought walnuts, pears and apples today? I left the cranberries behind at the market, but I’ll make sure to run out and pick some up.

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    Joanne   November 6, 2012 at 3:37 am

    All these fall fruits in one delicious place…I love it! And I agree…the crumble/pie combo is really the best of both worlds.

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    Nicole   November 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    What a beautiful mix of fruit! Crumb toppings are so my style! I’ve never made a double-crust pie even though I usually make 2 pie crusts at a time. I love the pretty, lattice-topped pies, but always end up freezing the other crust to make more pie :)

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    Piper   November 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This looks delicious! I will try it since I always make an apple pie for my pumpkin-hating hubby.
    I love living close enough to Canada to enjoy TWO Thanksgivings a year.

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    kickpleat   November 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Molly, it’s a beautiful book – I’d put it on your xmas list for sure! I hope you love the pie, it’s a good one.

    Yay, I’m so glad you agree, Joanne.

    I knew we had much in common, Nicole :) More pie always wins out over double crusts! Love it.

    Piper, you celebrate twice? Nice!!

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    macus!   November 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Hi!!I made these pie last Sunday. It was a huge hit! I changed some ingredients and I added others, you can see it in my blog if you want!

    In short, a pie absolutely delicious….Thanks!These will definitely be added to my favorite pies list!:D

    Regards from Pamplona,Spain ;)

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    kickpleat   November 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Macus, so glad you loved the pie – your photos look gorgeous!! And I love that you went deep dish! Hooray!!

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