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Surprise Fennel Apple Pie

  • Author: Lisa Keys
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Fresh apple and fennel are complimentary flavors and make for a luscious pie



  • Pastry for double crust pie
  • 6 medium baking apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced, then chopped (1 cup), fronds reserved for garnish
  • ½ cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1-tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • sweetened whipped cream


  1. Heat oven 425F. 
  2. Roll out half of pie dough to fit 9-inch pie plate.  
  3. In large bowl, toss apples, fennel and cranberries with lemon juice. Mix sugar, cinnamon and flour; sprinkle over apple mixture and gently toss again. Spoon filling into prepared crust. 
  4. With the tip of your finger moisten the edge of crust with some water. 
  5. Roll out remaining pie dough. Top pie with second crust wrapping any excess top crust under bottom crust edge pressing to seal. 
  6. Flute edges. Cut several slits in top crust with the tip of a knife to vent steam. 
  7. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling. During last 15 minutes of baking time cover fluted edge of pie with a crust protector or foil to prevent excessive browning, if needed. 
  8. Cool before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and fennel fronds. 
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple pie, fennel, pastry, baking