Thursday, October 2, 2008

PIE EATING CONTEST with GRAPE PIE

Just kidding. My husband thought it was though. Kidding again. Check out the pie event. What perfect timing for my Grape Pie!



About forty five minutes from where I live is the Finger Lakes. Some amazing wines come from this picturesque area. There are so many vineyards and so many wineries. The lakes are just beautiful!

In Naples, they have a Grape Festival every year. You can get some amazing grape pies there. They will cost you a little. Or you can make your own. I found a recipe and after a couple tries and some tweaking, I am very satisfied with the results. The pastry can be found here at Simply Recipes. Its an amazing dough. Very flaky and crisp! Tasty too!

Just to let you know the tapioca had to be upped because it was too runny. After experimentation the following recipe is what works for me.

Concord Grape Pie
based on this recipe
Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness

2 1/4 cups grapes, skinned
1 cup sugar
2 heaping tablespoons tapioca flour

Seperate the grapes from the skins. Cook them in a heavy bottom sauce pan until they have fallen apart. Strain through a sieve over the skins. Let the skins and hot juice sit for two hours until completely cooled. The original recipe says five hours.  I did it both ways and am satisfied with the results.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Add sugar and tapioca. Stir. Roll out your pie crust. Pour grape mixture into (uncooked) prepared pie crust. Bake at 400 F for fifteen minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F for about 20 more minutes. Let cool completely to set.

13 comments:

Christine said...

Lori, you amaze me! The pie is simple and elegant and the directions just make it look so easy to make. You gotta send me some of that wine or let me know what your favorite is and I will give it a try!

kellypea said...

I've seen quite a few recipes lately with baked grapes and have been wanting to try one out. I bet this is really tasty. We rarely have concord grapes here, and when we do, they're sort of dusty, soft, and look worked over. Expensive, too. If I find some good ones, maybe I'll do this up in little tarts. I'll let you know!

giz said...

I absolutely adore concord grapes. Great pie and I love the little topping thingy - how creative is that.

Kevin said...

I have never had a grape pie. It sounds really good!

Maryann said...

Now you've outdone yourself! This is gorgeous!

Shannalee || Food Loves Writing said...

Wow, if your pie tastes half as good as it looks.... WOW!

Lucy said...

What a gorgeous pie you have there, just beautiful!!

lifeinrecipes said...

I am finding myself wanting pie....concord grape pie....right now.

Almost too beautiful to cut in to. Almost!

kat said...

Grape pie!? what a great idea

Clumbsy Cookie said...

The pie looks great, but what would be really awesome was going to a real pie eating contest! I could totally win it, ahahah!

Grace said...

although i've never actually participated in a pie-eating contest, i think i could do really, really well. especially if the pie being served was like yours. :)

Ivy said...

Hi Lori. Thanks for your entry and it looks delicious. Pity it's too late to get some grapes and make it.

Cakelaw said...

This looks amazing! I have never seen a grape pie before, but I am egaer to make it.

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