Guaranteed, there are no sour grapes in this pie pan. This red grape pie is an unusual and sweet surprise.
I was reading an article and the author was describing her childhood and talking about her memories. One of her favorite memories was having grape pie. I thought, this sounded interesting and why adapt another fruit like cherries for grapes.
Grape Pie…What is That?
Being born and raised in the south ,I though I had probably had every and any combination of pie one could think of. So, I started thinking about all the fruits that are routinely in the grocery store and that I have had in pie form. This list included, apples, apricots, blueberries, blackberries, bananas, cherries,figs, lemons, limes,mangos, oranges,pears, pineapples, plums, peaches, pecans, raspberries, and strawberries. Then there are those pies that are not considered to be a fruit pie like sweet potato, chess pie,pumpkin,icebox,buttermilk,cheesecake,coconut,and mincemeat that came to mine.
I never thought about grapes when I going through a mental list of the fruit in the produce section of the store. Then it came to me, We do not have grapes in the store year round. It is usually late summer to early fall that there are plenty of grapes.
Fun Facts about the Grape Pie
Of course , since I had never heard of a Grape pie, I had to do a little internet search to see what I could learn about it. Here are a few fun facts
German immigrants brought over grapes pie in 1824
Grape pie is a specialty and tradition Naples New York
A traditional grape pie is made with Concord grapes
Fingers Lake region of New York has an annual grape festival where grape pie can be found
- 6 cups seedless red grapes
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon gelatin or cornstarch
- 1 lemon zest
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice from lemon
- 1 pinch of salt
- Pie Crust – for top and bottom and decorating if desired
- Wash grapesCut grapes in half length wise
- Place grapes into a medium size pot
- Add sugar,lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt
- Bring the grapes to a slow boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes
- add gelatin or cornstarch . Stir well. Continue simmering
- Roll out the pie dough and place into pie pan
- Add grapes to pie shell using a sloted spoon. You do not want to much liquid added to the pie since additional juice will form during baking.
- Roll out top pie dough and place on top of grapes
- Decorate as desiredFold edges of top crust under bottom crustcrimp edgesMake slits in the pie crust for the stream to release
- bake at 350 for 45 mintues with the edges of the pie covered.
- remove edge covering and continue to bake for 15 minutes
- Cool pie conpletely before serving
Beve’s Impression of this Pie
Like all foods, there are some that I love, some that are okay, and those that I do not care for. This pie falls into the category of ” it is okay” with me.
I think there was mental factor going on. I have never had a grape pie and I made it like I would make a cherry pie. I think my brain was trying to register cheery and my palate was registering sweet grapes.
The grapes were tasty. They were sweet. The grapes did not congeal or come together like you see with other fruit pies. They remained as individual grapes halves stacked on top of one another. This could be due to the gelatin I used.
Let me if you decide to try and make a grape and please share what worked or did not work
Cheers…….Happy Baking !