The tart cranberry might seem like an unlikely candidate to star in a pie, especially after Thanksgiving has passed. But pair it with some sweet pears, wintry spices, and orange zest, and voilà—this holiday staple has earned a spot on the table all winter.
Game plan: Baking your pie on a baking stone ensures a crisp, fully cooked bottom crust.
Beverage pairing: Dashe Dry Creek Late Harvest Zinfandel, California. This late-harvest Zinfandel has all the spice and dark fruit to hold up to the cranberry, and it is on the drier side of dessert wines, making it a perfect noncloying match to this tart dessert.
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