We ended up getting a solid foot of fluffy snow today. It’s still snowing. School was canceled, and the college was closed. This is a rare event, since most of the students live on campus, and all the operations to support the residence halls and dining hall must continue while the students are on campus. But hey it was a big storm, so classes were canceled and the college was officially closed. SNOW DAY!!
I’d decided the night before to buy stuff for a grape pie that I’ve been thinking about ever since CuriousC at Idea Jump posted the recipe way back in November of aught-7. Yes, a grape pie. Why does that sound weird? So I bought a couple pounds of Chilean seedless grapes, large and purply, and a couple of frozen pie crusts. Had everything else already.
4 cups grapes cut in half + 2/3 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder.
Bring to a boil then add cornstarch + lemon juice & zest. Cook till it thickens.
Bake 20 min. at 425°F, then turn down to 350°F for another half hour.
After the 20 minutes in the 425°F oven, it was already quite golden. I’d forgotten to cover it with foil. D’OH! Oh well. Cooked it about another 25 minutes then took it out to cool. After an hour or so I cut into it and my wife and I sampled it. It was pretty good, but we decided that it wasn’t quite the grape flavor we’d expected. So next time we’ll try it with some grapier grapes. Maybe Concord grapes? Would need to get the seeds out somehow …
The cinammon and lemon combine nicely with the grape flavor.
It’s a winner! Thanks CuriousC! For your convenience, the recipe is copied and pasted below:
Grape Pie (*source unknown!)
4 cups halved seedless red (or black) grapes (~2#)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp grated lemon peel
pastry for double crust pie
2 Tbsp butter
(and half-n-half and cool sugar if you got it…)
In saucepan, combine grapes, sugar and cinnamon; tossing to coat and letting stand for ~15 minutes. Combine cornstarch, lemon juice and peel and stir this into the grapes. Turn on the heat and bring to boil; cook & stir for ~2 minutes or til thickened.
Line pie plate with dough. Add filling. DOT WITH BUTTER. Place top dough, cut slits, trim seal & flute the edges. Brush with half-n-half and sprinkle the ‘cool’ sugar (like Domino’s demerara cane sugar).
Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees, remove foil and bake 30-35 min til golden. Cool on wire rack.
Gotta love them snow days!