Door County Autumn
Fruit Pie

By Chef Terri Milligan

Combine Door County apples and dried Door County cherries with fresh Wisconsin cranberries to make this tasty autumn pie.  The dried fruit is steeped in hard cider to plump up the fruit and give extra flavor.

Makes one 9-inch pie double-crusted pie


One recipe of your favorite pie dough for a double-crusted pie

2 pounds of apples and pears, peeled, cored and cut into ¼ inch slices (about 5 cups)

½ cup dried cranberries or cherries

¼ cup dried apricots, cut into slivers

½ cup frozen or fresh cranberries

¾ cup Island Orchard pear hard cider

½ cup packed dark brown sugar

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

zest of one lemon

¼ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons hard cider

2 teaspoons coarse sanding sugar for top of the pie

1 egg mixed with 2 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream


In a sauce pot, place the dried cranberries or cherries and dried apricots along with the brown sugar, white sugar, ¾ cup hard cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Cook mixture on medium heat until sugar is dissolved.    

Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons hard cider with the 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. With the heat on medium-low, drizzle the cornstarch mixture into the dried fruit mixture. The mixture should come to a low boil and thicken.  Remove from heat. 

In a large mixing bowl, place the sliced apples and pear. Toss with the lemon juice,  lemon zest and salt. Fold in the dried fruit mixture. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the egg and cream mixture and set aside. Roll out pastry to create an 11-inch round. Place pastry in a 9-inch pie pan. Place the fruit mixture evenly in the pie crust. Top with either another 11-inch round to create a double crust, or create a lattice top by weaving ½-inch strips of pie dough on top of the pie. Trim and crimp pie edges. Brush top of pie crust with the egg/cream wash and sprinkle with the sanding sugar. 

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and place foil around the edge of the pie crust. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is nicely browned. Remove from oven. Remove foil. Let rest for 1 hour before serving.