Nourishing community: Cecil Duffy

News | October 29, 2018

Take a moment and think of a favorite dish from holiday dinners of the past. What did it taste like? What was it served in? Who made it? Who was gathered around the table. So many times, food serves as the foundation of some of the most important memories of our lives. This Thanksgiving, St. Paul people shared their favorite recipes – and the stories behind them.

Apple dried cranberry pie

Submitted by Cecil Duffy


  • 3 ¼ pounds Granny Smith apples (about 8 medium), peeled, cored, cut into ⅓-inch-
  • thick slices
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into
  • ½-inch pieces, room temperature
  • Crust: Use your favorite recipe or purchase one


Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine apples, dried cranberries, flour, brown sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg, and cloves in large bowl.

Roll out pie crust and transfer to 9-inch pie dish. Spoon filling into crust and dot with butter. Roll out second dough disk and drape over filling. Trim dough overhang to ½ inch. Press top crust and bottom crust together at edge to seal. Cut four 2-inch-long slits in top crust.

Bake for 45 minutes. Cover crust edges with foil to prevent over-browning. Continue to bake until crust is golden, apples are tender, and juices bubble thickly through slits, about 55 minutes longer. Cool pie on rack.

The story behind the recipe:

Mary and I used to live in an old house that had a huge dining room. Back then, both of our children lived close so we tried to have Sunday dinner every week. The children soon had other things in their lives, and those Sunday dinners ended because of different commitments. Recently, I decided that we would try to do family dinners again on Wednesdays. Mary sometimes is working, so I cook and try to clean up as best I can. Some can make it and some cannot.  We have varying numbers in attendance but we always try to have it. So if you ever want to join us, just call before Tuesday so I can plan for you.

One comment on “Nourishing community: Cecil Duffy”

  • Jana Baltimore

    November 4, 2018 at 5:46 am

    What a wonderful idea! I too loved making Sunday dinners for my family. However like you they are all scattered now. But why can’t I do it for some of my neighbors who don’t have family anymore? Thank you for your delicious recipe. I’ve never made a pie, but I’m going to try yours!

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