Muscadine Pie

This Muscadine Pie uses the whole grape, giving each bite a burst of classic Southern flavor.

Muscadine Pie
 
Yields: 1 (9-inch) pie
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup cold whole buttermilk
  • Filling:
  • 6 cups muscadine grapes
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve
Instructions
  1. For crust: In the work bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, and salt. Add cold butter, pulsing until mixture is crumbly. Gradually add buttermilk, pulsing until a soft dough forms. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and shape into 2 disks. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Position oven rack to lowest setting, and preheat oven to 425°.
  3. For filling: Separate hulls from pulp of grapes. (See tip on page 26.) Place grape hulls and ½ cup water in a medium saucepan. Place grape pulp in a separate medium saucepan. Bring both pans to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring both frequently. Remove from heat. Stir sugar into hull mixture. Strain pulp mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding solids. Add pulp juice to hull mixture.
  4. Place hull mixture in the container of a blender, and pulse several times to break hulls into smaller pieces. Pour mixture into a large bowl. Stir in cornstarch, egg, zest, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate, pressing into bottom and up sides. Pour filling into prepared crust.
  6. Roll remaining dough into a 12-inch circle, and cut dough into 1½-inch-wide strips. Arrange strips in a lattice design over filling. Brush dough with cream, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 375°, and bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, about 30 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream, if desired.
Notes
Kitchen TIP
To save time, use 1 package of refrigerated piecrusts instead of making a homemade crust.

 

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