Monday, September 6, 2010

You Too Can Make Muscadine Pie

I did promise to post this recipe today - so what if today is almost over.

This is like my mama used to make.  That's what makes it so good.

I'll go on and tell you - you might like it and you might not.  I will say this, Spoiled Rotten Grandyoungun #1 and Spoiled Rotten Grandyoungun #2 like it.  They made their own personal little pies yesterday.

First for the Pie Crust.  Don't tell me you buy 'em ready made.  That's unacceptable.  Making pie crust is VERY easy and SO MUCH better than storebought.  I got this recipe out of the Southern Living magazine years ago.  Make enough dough for 2 crusts.

Pie Crust (for 1 crust)

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

(Hint:  this is the best measuring cup ever, ever, ever, for measuring shortening.  It's a Pampered Chef and it comes in 1 cup and 2 cup sizes)

Mix your flour and salt together.

Cut in your shortening with a pastry blender.

If you don't have a pastry blender, you can use a knife and a fork.  Cut the shortening into the flour mixture until it's in little bitty pieces.

Sprinkle your ice water in.  Mix it up, roll it in a ball and put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  (Sometimes I'm impatient and I go ahead and roll it out, but it's really too sticky.  It's better to let it refrigerate).

Take it out and let it sit out for 5 minutes before rolling it out.

When you get ready to put it in your pie plate, put your rolling pin at the edge of it and kind of loosely roll the pie crust onto the rolling pin.  Put it on your pie plate and gently unroll it.

Once I have it in the pie plate, I'll usually take a pair of scissors and cut the excess from around the edge.  To make the little fluted edge, put your left thumb and index finger on the outside and your right index finger on the inside with the top edge of the pie crust in between.  Then push them together.

Your second pie crust will just need to be rolled out and cut into strips to place across the top of your pie.

Now for the goodie.

Except I need to tell you this first.

When my first cousin was in school to get her doctorate in something smart, I can't remember what, she put together a family cookbook for some project she had to do.  I love that cookbook.

The recipe for the goodie came from that cookbook.

So now.

Scuppernong/Muscadine Pie

4 cups pulp
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
4 pie crust shells (as this makes 2 pies)

After thoroughly washing grapes, pop them with your fingers, putting pulp in one bowl and skins in another.  Place skins in a saucepan and cover with water.  Boil until tender (doesn't take long).  Boil pulp about 5 minutes then pour into a colander.  Mash with a spoon; seeds come right out.  When skins are tender, add pulp, cornstarch, sugar, butter and cinnamon.  Cook until thick, then pour into two unbaked pie shells, cover with top crust.

Bake at 400 degrees until crust is a nice brown.

My little side note:  I usually pour some (not all) of the water off of the skins after they've cooked and before I add the other stuff to it.  Otherwise, the goodie is a little too runny.  Also, it actually seems to work better to make up your pie crust AND your goodie one day, refrigerate it, and cook it the next day.  It makes it all easier to work with that way.

And yes, I was too lazy to do the lattice with the strips.  It tastes just as good to put all of the bottom strips down and then come back and put all of the top strips across.

It must be eaten warm with vanilla ice cream on top.

It's a law.

Oh, and by the way, this takes alot of your time.  But I figure once a year, it's worth it.


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  2. I'm a little confused about the de-seeding process. The pulp didn't seem to want to go through the colander. I just got juice through it (even with mashing and working). I ended up having to de-seed the remaining pulp by hand. Did I not cook the pulp long enough? Is there an easier way? Thanks!!

    1. I am so sorry that I just now saw your comment Gipsy. I have been out of the blogging loop mode for a while and am now trying to get back to it. I'm not really sure why your pulp didn't want to go through the colander. However, I think you are correct in thinking that cooking it a little longer could help. I hope you got to try again and it worked out better for you. I will try to do some research and see what I can find.