This, this was an interesting recipe. I’ll say it right now though, give it a chance. I love all kinds of pie but had never heard of grape pie before. When I first saw this recipe, I thought “there’s no way it could be good”. The idea of hot and cooked grapes doesn’t sound great but I trusted the process and it actually turned out very well.
The filling starts by cooking down the grapes with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Once they soften and the skins start to fall off, then you add cornstarch and tapioca starch which help thicken up the mixture. The recipe also says you can add orange blossom water but it is optional. This thickened up really nicely and became like real pie filling.
I took a big shortcut and used frozen pie shells instead of making that from scratch. In the bottom crust, you put a layer of minced walnuts. These add a lot of texture and I think prevent the crust from getting too soggy. The grape filling goes on top of that and then the other crust seals it all in. I cut a little hole in the top crust for the steam to escape but you can make slits or any other design that you want.
This baked up perfectly. The crusts were so flaky and I love the spices and nuts inside, it reminded me of an apple pie. The grapes had a surprisingly good texture, similar to how blueberries get when cooked. My entire family loved it too which was even more surprising.
So if you’re looking for something a little different to bake, give this pie a shot. You’ll be sure to impress some people when they taste it.
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