Traditional Concord Grape Pie
Grapes have been around for thousands of years, and this type of fruit has become one of the favorites worldwide. It is the most popular ingredient when it comes to winemaking. You can see it in pink, green, yellow, red, and black varieties. Some come with seeds, while others are seedless. In the United States, most grapes that you can find at the supermarkets came from California, but some places grow them, too.
Regardless of the variety, grapes offer a wealth of health benefits since they contain a lot of nutrients as well as antioxidants that help in the prevention of chronic diseases. Experts say that the compounds that grapes contain may also help prevent cancer. This delicious fruit can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well. It can also aid in regulating blood sugar levels, especially for those people who are at high risk of diabetes.
Grapes are good to eat as is. But aside from they make an excellent ingredient for wine, you can actually come up with a delicious dessert out of them. A great example is the Concord Grape Pie.
The Concord grape is the type that is usually utilized for making jelly, wine, candy, juice, and, of course, pie. Its skin is purple or dark blue, and this is what we are going to use to make a traditional grape pie.
Pies may involve work, but this Traditional Concord Grape Pie is definitely worth it. Its crust is flaky and buttery, and it is filled with fresh and juicy grapes that will tickle your taste buds.
9-inch double-crust pie
5 c. Concord grapes
1 1/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place a sheet pan on the lower part.
- Wash the grapes and get rid of their stems. Remove the pulp from their skin, but be sure to set the skins aside.
- Put the grape pulp in a large saucepan. Mash a little bit, especially the ones at the bottom, so that they will release their juices. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat.
- Remove from heat and press through a food mill to get rid of the seeds.
- Mix the pulp with the skins in a large bowl and add the lemon juice.
- Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a separate bowl and then add to the grape mixture.
- Pour final mixture into the crust and dot with butter. Cover with the second pastry shell and flute the edges.
- Bake for about 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and the juice starts to bubble.
- Allow to cool before you slice and serve.
Before baking the pie, cut little slits in the top crust. This will give way for the steam to escape.
To avoid having a soggy bottom crust, it is highly recommended that you let the filling cool completely before pouring it into the crust.
Enjoy your Concord Grape Pie! 🙂