The Edible Bracket 2011

Last year's winners of the MNCAAPG Best Bracket contest are back. This March Madness season, we will be documenting foods associated with the competing schools. Consider it March Madness, Top Chef Edition.

Oakland University Golden Grizzlies (Rochester, MI): Golden Delicious Apple and Dried Cranberry Pie

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For the golden grizzlies, we cooked a dish that highlights the unique color of OU’s mascot: apple pie made with golden delicious apples. We like to think that the Golden Grizzlies would enjoy eating this apple pie, which also has dried cranberries in it, while walking through the woods in search of a more meaty treat.

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Apple Dried Cranberry Pie

Adapted from Bon Appetit

We used a pre-packaged pie crust to save time.  Bon Appetit recommends making the crust from scratch, of course.

3.5 lbs. golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small slices
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1.  Preheat oven to 375, and combine all ingredients except the butter in a large bowl.
2.  Place bottom of pie crust into 9-inch pie pan and trip overhand.
3.  Place filling into pie.
4.  Lay top of pie crust over filling, crimp edges decoratively, and cut some holes in the top of the pie.
5.  Bake pie for 30 minutes, then put foil around edges of pie crust to prevent browning.  Cook about an hour-an hour and 15 minutes more.