Category Archives: Pies

Rhubarb Custard Pie

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Rhubarb Custard Pie

I know the rhubarb isn’t up yet, but I was so hungry for a rhubarb pie, I got out my frozen rhubarb and made one for Easter.

I had always made the regular rhubarb pie, not the custard one, which my Mom always loved the best.  But I have a daughter that just loves the regular one and I have to make it every year for her birthday.

Anyway, this custard pie is amazing.  I like it as well, if not better, than my other pie Rhubarb Pie.  I also made one for my daughter to try on her Easter, (we’re all still homebound because of the pandemic) so we’ll see what she thinks.

  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped into small pieces (1 1/4 lbs.)

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Stir together the dry ingredients for the filling.  Stir in beaten eggs, then add rhubarb and mix all together.  Pour into the unbaked pie shell.

Topping:  Mix together the sugar and flour in a small bowl.  Using a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture becomes “crumbly”.  Sprinkle topping over the rhubarb filling.  Bake for 1 hour.  I baked mine for 1 hour and 20 minutes.  But I baked my daughters for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

(If using frozen rhubarb, I put mine in a colander and run it under cold water to break it all up.  Then I dry it with a paper towel.  It can go into the pie frozen and won’t make it runny at all.)

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Butterscotch Cream Pie

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Butterscotch Cream Pie

My husband was hungry for butterscotch pie so I made this really quick and easy pie for him.  I didn’t have a lot of time with all the holiday activities or I would have made a good old fashioned butterscotch pie.  This was really good, but we thought it was a bit too sweet.  Next time I make it, I will use a regular pie crust and will not put the butterscotch topping on it.

  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 3 packages (4-serving size) butterscotch flavor instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 tub (12 oz.) Cool Whip
  • 1 Graham cracker pie crust (2 extra servings)

In large bowl beat milk and pudding mix with wire whisk for 1 minute.  (Mixture will be very thick.) Whisk in half of the Cool Whip.  Carefully spread in crust.

Spread remaining Cool Whip over top.

Drizzle with butterscotch topping, if desired.

Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 8 servings.

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Strawberry Jell-O Pie

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Strawberry Jell-O Pie

This is the most refreshing, creamy and easy pie to make!  Summer is coming and will be the perfect dessert.  You can use any flavor Jell-O you like.  This makes 8 servings, but I cut mine in 12.  Just the right amount for a treat.

  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3-oz.) pkg. strawberry Jell-O
  • 1/2 cup cold water and enough ice to make 1 cup
  • 1 (8-oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)

Add boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved.  Add enough ice to cold water to measure 1 cup.  Add to gelatin; stir until slightly thickened.  Remove any unmelted ice.  Whisk in Cool Whip until blended.

Refrigerate in bowl for 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to mound.

Spoon gelatin mixture into crust.  Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

Makes 8 servings.

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Rustic Pear Tart

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Rustic Pear Tart

Our good friends, Peg and Harve, had an abundance of pears on their tree this year, so I took a few off of their hands and this is what I made.  I have to say, those pears were so sweet and juicy!  And this tart is so easy to make, you will have a dessert ready to eat in 35 minutes.  (Although you will need to cool it a little before eating it.)  Absolutely delicious!!

  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups sliced, peeled, fresh pears
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sliced almonds

On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into a 10-in. circle.  Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar and flour; add pears and toss to coat.  Spoon over the pastry to within 2 inches of edges.  Fold up edges of pastry over filling, leaving center uncovered.  Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.  Sprinkle with almonds; bake 5 minutes longer.  Using the parchment paper, slide tart onto a wire rack to cool.

Serves 6 – 8.

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Grape Juice Pie

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Grape Juice Pie

Not too sweet, slightly sour, but oh so good!

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/3 cups grape juice (I used 100% Concord grape juice)
  • 1 egg. slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 baked (9-inch) pastry shell
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Combine sugar and cornstarch in a 2-quart saucepan.  Stir in grape juice; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly.  Cook 1 minute.

Add a small amount of hot mixture to egg, mixing well; stir egg mixture into remaining hot mixture.  Add butter and lemon juice; return to heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; boil gently 1 minute.  Cool.  Pour into pastry shell; chill thoroughly.

Combine heavy cream and sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Spread on pie; chill.

Makes 8 servings.

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Baked Peach Hand Pies

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Baked Peach Hand Pies

August is National Peach Month.  I thought before this month was over, I needed to bake something with peaches.  I made these delicacies and took them to the senior center when I went to play bridge this week.  Everyone just loved them!  And may I just say, I love peach anything!!

  • 4 peaches, peeled, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 boxes refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 egg white

Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk

In medium saucepan, combine peaches, both sugars, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and syrupy, about 8-10 minutes.  Cool to room temperature and then put in a bowl and refrigerate until cold, about an hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Remove pie crusts from the packages and allow them to come to room temperature.

Lightly dust your work surface with flour.  Unroll pie crusts and cut 4 circles from each crust using a 4-inch biscuit cutter.  You’ll have to re-roll the scraps to get the 5th circle.  Or maybe even 6 circles.

Beat egg white with 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl until frothy.

Place 1 tablespoon of the filling into center of the circle.  Brush a little egg wash around the edge of the circle and then fold in half.  With tines of a fork, seal edges.  Make 3 small slits on top of each hand pie with a knife to prevent bursting.  Then brush egg wash over each hand pie.  Bake for about 15 minutes.

While pies are baking, whisk together the confectioners sugar and milk in a bowl until smooth.

Remove pies from the baking sheet onto another baking sheet lined with wire rack.  Drizzle glaze over pies and let dry.

You should yield 20 to 24 pies.

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Banana Layered Pie

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Banana Layered Pie

This pie is so easy to make and so delicious.  You will get rave reviews and will make this over and over again.

  • 2 1/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (6-serving size) Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
  • 1 baked 9-inch pie shell or prepared graham cracker crumb crust, cooled
  • 2 medium to large bananas
  • 1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip whipped topping

Pour cold milk into bowl.  Add pie filling mix.  With electric mixer at low speed, beat until blended, about 1 minute.  Pour 1/2 cup of the pie filling into pie shell.

Slice 1 banana; arrange slices on filling in shell.  Top with 3/4 cup of the pie filling.

Blend whipped topping into remaining pie filling.  Spread over filling in the shell.  Chill about 3 hours.  Slice remaining banana; brush with lemon juice.  Arrange banana slices on pie.  Garnish with additional whipped topping, if desired.

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie.

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