Sunday, November 27, 2011

The PENZEYS Week Kick-Off: No Crust Cranberry Pie


Welcome to Mystery Lover's Kitchen's special Penzeys week! At this time of year, it seems like dishes call for spices and herbs even more than usual. The Mystery Lover's Kitchen bloggers are friends and discovered that we all use Penzeys spices. Each of us has our favorites, of course, so we thought we would dedicate a special week to our favorite spice store. For those of you who haven't heard of them, Penzeys has stores all over the country, as well as a lovely catalog and an online ordering site.

All cooks have their favorite spices and for Ella Mae LeFaye, nothing beats the fresh, pure tastes of Penzeys spices. This is the time of year to she loves to fill her Charmed Pis Shoppe kitchen with the scents of vanilla, orange, cloves, rosemary, thyme, and more.

Today, Ella Mae wanted to share a very simple no crust pie with you. That's right, you don't have to mess with a crust and with cake-like nature of this pie, you won't miss it! Tart cranberries blend with crunchy pecans and are flavored with Penzeys spices.

This is the pie for folks who don't normally like pie. Enjoy!

    Charmed No Crust Cranberry Pecan Tart
   Ingredients:
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup white sugar
    2 cups fresh cranberries
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    2 large eggs

    Directions:

¼ teaspoon PENZEYS pure almond extract
¾ teaspoon PENZEYS pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon PENZEYS ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon PENZEYS ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9-inch pie pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the cranberries and the pecans, and toss to coat. Stir in the butter, beaten eggs, vanilla and almond extracts. Add cinnamon and cloves. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. It will look more like cake batter than pie filling.




Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm. A scoop of vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream tastes great on this pie.



Do you have a favorite spice? The one you love to uncap and sniff before sprinkling it over your food?


15 comments:

  1. For some reason the amount of cranberries, pecans, butter & eggs is unreadable. Is it 4 c cranberries, 1/2 c pecans, 1/2 c butter and 4 large eggs? The amount of flour & sugar is blank.

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  2. This tart is beautiful, Ellery! Looks like something I'd like to have for breakfast this morning. :)

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  3. This does look incredible ... and so holidayish! I agree with Elizabeth ... I might have this for breakfast (and as a snack and then again for dessert if there's any left over!).

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  4. Looks like I'll be planning a trip to Penzey's after this week! I love anything with cranberries. This crustless pie sounds like a fun way to use them.

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  5. Linda, I'm afraid to try to fix Jenn's post for fear that I'll make it worse! Here are the ingredient amounts:
    1 cup all-purpose flour

    1 cup white sugar

    2 cups fresh cranberries

    1/2 cup chopped pecans

    1/2 cup butter, melted

    2 large eggs

    ~ Krista

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  6. Jenn, this tart couldn't be more perfect for the season. I love that there's no crust to make! Fabulous!

    ~ Krista

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  7. Ooh, so festive and yummy-looking! Esp. with a cuppa!

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  8. Krista, thanks for putting in the amounts. Looks fun!

    ~Avery

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  9. This looks delightful - quick and a great use of cranberries. Jenn, you do come up with the yummiest, prettiest baked things!

    Penzeys is a tradition as well as an addiction around my house. My husband and I make a trek every autumn to the Penzeys shop near us to replenish our supply. On the lazy susan on our table, there are a jar of shallots (my husband's - just for sniffing) and one of cake spice, for sprinkling on all sorts of things. I must use gallons of vanilla, cinnamon (Vietnamese and Korintje, but mostly Penzeys blend), and Herbes de Provence, which lifts all sorts of dishes from ordinary to special. Just placed an order for my newlywed daughter, who wants a spice rack with spices. Of course they have to be Penzeys!

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  10. Sounds delicious. I think the spices will compliment the cranberries perfectly, especially the almond extract. Well, now I have to buy cranberries!

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  11. I received Penzeys as a wedding gift too. I was still a newbie cook but I was inspired to try loftier dishes after getting a nice box of spices. I've never looked back. We're lucky enough to have a store here in Richmond and my husband likes to go too to pick up meat rubs. A little something for everyone, right?

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  12. Oh, and I wanted to add that Busy Mom (Shawn) is the winner of my hot cocoa prize pack. Kindly send me your mailing address at elleryadams@verizon.net and I'll get it right out to you!

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  13. Wouldn't you know that the Penzey store in NYC closed in September.

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  14. Very festive, J/E!

    I can't resist the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and almond...swoon!

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