The recipe was given to my mom, Karen, from my Auntie Ulla at least 15 years ago (the origin of the recipe could not be determined but my mom has since made it her own with many substitutions from the original). For the last 15+ years, we (my parents & I) have hosted Thanksgiving at our home for 25-30 people. Out of all the homemade food that graces our tables, the one item that everyone looks forward to every year is my mom's Cranberry-Apple Pie. Even though everyone is stuffed by dessert, there is rarely even a slice leftover from the two pies she makes. She claims the reason is because she makes her pie crusts from scratch. I concur - everything from the crust to the fruit to the crisp topping is something I look forward to all year long.
I'm not big on helping out in the kitchen but one thing I've always helped out with, when in town, is the slicing and peeling of apples. I even got my mom the apple corer and peeler from Williams-Sonoma to make it easier! (She tells me she still prefers "her way" better - or what I like to call the "hard way" - but I enjoyed using the peeler nonetheless).
This pie is a staple in my family and a tradition that will keep me frequenting my parents' house for Thanksgiving for years to come!