Concord Grape Pie
So, as promised in my last post, here is this delicious grape pie recipe to share with you. I found a great recipe to make a concord grape pie for those of you not lucky enough to attend the Naples grape festival and purchase their fabulous pies or pie filling.
To do things a little differently, I made a homemade crust for the bottom crust of my pie (my first attempt at pie crust, yikes!) and decided to go with a crumbly topping on top instead of doing a double pie crust. I used this crumble topping that I topped my apple crisp with last year and it was amazing! I always ALWAYS prefer the dutch pies to the double crusted pies. There’s just something about that crumble topping. I also like to pick the crumbles off the top of desserts and get yelled at by Mr. Wishes for it. He catches me every single time! I don’t know how he does it.
How did my first encounter with homemade pie crust go, you ask? Well, let’s just say I don’t look forward to my second encounter 🙂 The making of the crust is super easy but I had trouble with the rolling out of the dough. I found my dough was either too cold to roll and would break apart or tear, which I would then let it sit out to warm up a little….and then it would be too warm and just stick to everything, including the rolling pin, baking mat, and my hands. Does anyone have any pie crust making tips for me for next time? If there is a next time (hehe).
Pie Crust (for 1 9-inch pie crust):
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3 tbsp. very cold water
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, well-softened
1/3 cup quick oats
5 cups Concord grapes
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
Combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix briefly to blend. Add in the butter pieces and mix on medium-low speed to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse sand and the largest butter pieces are not much bigger than peas. Mix in the cold water on low speed just until the dough comes together.Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (This dough can be frozen for up to 2 months.) Remove from the refrigerator. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface then place in pie dish.
Place the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and oats in a large bowl and stir well with a wooden spoon. Work the butter into the mixture with your fingertips until evenly distributed.
Wash grapes, and remove the skins. Save the skins. Place grape pulp in a large saucepan; mash a few at the bottom to release their juice. Cook over medium low heat until grapes come to a full boil. Remove pulp from heat, and press through a food mill to remove seeds. Combine pulp and skins in a large bowl. Stir in lemon juice.
In a separate bowl, mix sugar, flour, and salt. Stir into grape mixture. Pour filling into pastry crust, and dot with butter or margarine (optional). Flute edges. Cover evenly with crumble topping.
Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes, or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble. I covered mine loosely with foil towards the end to keep the topping from burning. Cool on wire rack.
Recipe source: pie crust adapted from Williams Sonoma, pie filling from allrecipes.com, topping adapted from joythebaker.com