Sugared Cranberry and Lemon Curd Pie

Serves 8

Doubly tart and perfectly sweet, this creamy lemon curd pie is topped with crunchy, sugar-coated fresh cranberries. It’s a showpiece for your holiday table, so prepare for applause. Though this pie is a snap to assemble, be sure to plan ahead so the sugared cranberries have time to dry.

Ingredients: 
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries, rinced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup homemade lemon curd (or 1 11-ounce jar)
  • 4 ounces Neufchâtel
  • 1 (9-inch) frozen pie crust, in pan, baked accordingly to package instructions and cooled
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
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Method: 

Mix sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves with 3 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Stir in cranberries. Cover and refrigerate for about 8 hours.  

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat heavy cream in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. In a second large bowl, beat lemon curd and Neufchâtel until well combined, and then fold in whipped cream. Transfer lemon mixture to pie crust, spread out evenly and chill for 4 hours.  

Drain cranberries. Reserve liquid, strain out cinnamon sticks and cloves, and use as a simple syrup to add a holiday touch to cocktails. Place superfine sugar in a bowl and gently toss in cranberries, coating evenly. Place cranberries on a baking sheet to dry, about 1 to 2 hours.  

Pile cranberries onto pie, cut into slices and serve immediately, spooning any tumbling cranberries back over the top.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:440 calories (150 from fat), 16g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 60mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 55g sugar), 3g protein
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