This Cranberry Mousse Pie is a bright and tart counterpoint for any Thanksgiving or holiday spread! Made with a gingersnap crust and topped with fluffy coconut cream, it’s a festive treat that’s totally vegan. Feel free to use fresh or frozen cranberries!
How Do I Make Cranberry Pie Filling?
As evidenced by the many cranberry posts on this site, I love incorporating it’s sweet/tart flavor in a variety of meals, most specifically during the holiday season (see this cranberry gin cocktail, this cranberry sauce, and this leftover cornbread cranberry crumble) . Cranberries are a great counterpoint to heavier Thanksgiving fare and offer a festive pop of color. When I decided I wanted to celebrate this in a pie, I knew there were some crucial points to remember when baking.
- To make this cranberry pie filling, it is important to cook your cranberries down into a sauce first, and then strain the sauce while it’s still fairly liquid/warm. Using a fine mesh sieve ensures that the smoothest parts of the mixture are added, while tougher pulp is left behind.
- Since this pie is technically a custard/curd base, it’s important to add enough binding agent so that it fully sets while baking. Typically egg whites are used for this, but today we’re implementing corn starch and aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas).
- Finally, it is important to curt the tartness of cranberries by adding bit of sweetener! I love pomegranate for it’s flavor and color, so that plays a role in this flavor game alongside maple syrup, cinnamon, and orange zest and juice.
How Do I Make a Gingersnap Crust?
Making the crust for this pie is simple!
- First, you’ll combine gingersnaps in a food processor to get a “sandy” texture. However, if you do not have a food processor I outline an easy method for breaking down the cookies below.
- Then, you’ll add melted butter, sugar, and salt to the cookie crumbs.
- Finally, you’ll add the crust mixture to a pie dish and bake for 15 minutes, until set.
I hope you enjoy this cranberry pie recipe! If you’re looking for more pie-deas, try one of these next:Print