1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar or glazing sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
*One cellophane-wrapped packet of graham crackers (11 whole crackers) will yield this amount of crumbs.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate*
2/3 cup (5 3/8 ounces) heavy cream
3/4 cup diced walnuts or pecans
*Resist the urge to use bittersweet chocolate; with the acidic tang of the cranberries, it's just too much. You want a dark chocolate that's noticeably sweet; most chocolate chips will be fine. We prefer Peter's Burgundy chunks.
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup dried cranberries
12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries, a generous 3 cups
*You'll need about 15 ounces (a scant 1 1/2 cups) topping for the pie. Enjoy the remainder on its own.