Category: Pies/Tarts

Melba Pie!

You’ll love Melba Pie for your next dessert… a classic, double-crusted pie, featuring the wonderful, sweet flavors of fresh raspberries and peaches!You'll love Melba Pie for your next dessert... a classic, double-crusted pie, featuring the wonderful, sweet flavors of fresh raspberries and peaches!
Do you know what Melba Pie is? I sure didn’t… until I stumbled upon this recipe in an old cookbook of mine. I’d heard of Peach Melba (a classic dessert) in the past, but didn’t know there was even such a thing as a Melba PIE. Melba Pie is a delicious pie which features raspberries AND peaches! Go figure!

This recipe is for a two crusted pie. One crust on the bottom, the other (you guessed it!) on the top. The filling is a snap to make, so whether you like to make your own pie crust (here’s my recipe for “Mom’s Pie Crust“), or you prefer to buy pre-made pie crust dough, it’s a rather simple and tasty pie to make with the summer bounty of peaches and raspberries available.

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How To Make A Melba Pie

First thing you need to do is prepare a DOUBLE crust pastry shell. Once you have the pie dough ready, you need to make the filling. Of course, you can also purchase commercially prepared pie crust (you will need two crusts), if that’s more convenient!

In a medium sized saucepan, mix together the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and the cinnamon. Stir in the raspberries (if using FROZEN raspberries, do NOT drain them… add it all in).

Fresh raspberries mixed with sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch for pie filling.
Cook  and stir the raspberry mixture until it thickens and the mixture comes to a boil.

Raspberries, sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch are cooked until pie filling thickens.
Once it begins to boil and is thickened, add the peaches and lemon juice, then remove from heat.

Fresh peach slices and lemon juice added to melba pie filling.Melba pie filling is cooked until thickened.
Fill The Pie

Line a pie pan with the bottom pastry. Prick the dough in several spots with the tines of a fork. Carefully add the pie filling on top of the pie crust.

Raspberry-peach melba pie filling added into to pie crust.
Top the Melba pie filling with the other pie crust. Seal, and decoratively flute the edges of the pie crust dough. Cut a couple of slits into the top of the pie, to allow steam to escape while baking.

A top crust is placed on top of melba pie filling, and edges of crust are crimped.Time To Bake The Melba Pie!

Bake the pie for about 30-35 minutes (or until light golden brown on top). Some of the juices may be bubbling around the slits you cut in the top crust. Remove the pie from the oven, and transfer carefully to a wire rack to cool. When the pie has cooled, it’s ready to serve.

Slice of pie is removed to show raspberry-peach melba pie filling.
Time To EAT!

Slice a nice piece of pie, and serve it with some vanilla ice cream on top or on the side! Yum! Take a few bites, and enjoy your homemade raspberry and peach Melba Pie!

Slice of melba pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is always a big hit!

I hope you will find time to make this delicious pie, and as always, I really trust you will enjoy it! Don’t forget you can check out ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

If you enjoy baking (and EATING) pies, you might also be interested in some of my other pie recipes, including Boysenberry, Dutch Crumb Apple, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Old-Fashioned Banana Cream, Peach, Strawberry, or Toll House. You can find the rest in the Recipe Index, at the top of the page.

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Recipe Source: “The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook”, copyright 1973, The Pillsbury Company, page151.

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Melba Pie!
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

You'll love Melba Pie for your next dessert... a classic, double-crusted pie, featuring the wonderful, sweet flavors of fresh raspberries and peaches!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: melba pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 263 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Double crust pastry (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 oz. package) raspberries (fresh or frozen-if frozen, thawed but UNDRAINED)
  • 2 cups fresh peach slices (can also use a 1 lb.,13 oz. can of peaches, DRAINED)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. While making the pie filling, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare a double crust pastry shell. Place one of the crusts into a 9" pie pan. Prick the bottom of the crust with the tines of a fork.
  3. Place the granulated sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon into a medium sized pan. Gently stir in the (undrained) raspberries. Cook this, (while stirring constantly so it won't stick) on medium heat until it begins to thicken, and comes to a boil.
  4. Stir in the sliced (drained) peaches, and the lemon juice. Once ingredients are all combined, pour the pie filling into the pie pastry shell.
  5. Put the other pie crust on top of the filling; seal the two crusts together around edges, then decoratively flute the edges.
  6. Using a sharp knife, make a couple small slits in the center of the top crust.
  7. Bake pie in preheated 425 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until the crust has begun to turn golden brown.
  8. Remove pie to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream... and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Melba Pie!
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 174mg8%
Potassium 142mg4%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Peach Pie

How about a slice of old-fashioned, made from scratch, fresh Peach Pie? Savor the flavors of summertime with this delicious, easy to make, homemade pie!How about a slice of old-fashioned, made from scratch, fresh Peach Pie? Savor the flavors of summertime with this delicious, easy to make, homemade pie!
I don’t know about you, but around our home we LOVE homemade Peach Pie! Classic peach pie, made from scratch, and there is nothing too fancy or difficult to make about it.

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Peach pie screams “SUMMER” to me! Each summer I go to a local U-Pick Farm and pick fresh peaches when they are at their peak of freshness! Last year I went 3 different times, and was even able to convince my husband to go with me on one of the trips.

We picked 30 pounds of peaches in the HOT, HOT sunshine! See how red my face is (from HEAT and the shade) in this picture? Yep. It was really HOT that day!

Picking fresh peaches to make a pie on a HOT summer day!
Freezing Peaches Lets Me Make Peach Pie Any Time Of The Year!

I freeze a lot of the peaches to have available throughout the following year. It’s a little time-consuming, but worth every minute of my time, in the long run! It’s sure nice to have delicious, “right off the tree” peaches any time of year we want a peach pie! All I have to do is pull a bag of sliced peaches out of our freezer, and let them thaw!

Thirty pounds of fresh picked peaches will be used to make pies and jam!
Where I Got The Original Recipe For Peach Pie

All that said, here’s a great recipe for a classic, homemade peach pie. Maybe you will have a chance to make one this summer! Sure hope so, because there’s nothing better! I got this recipe from my trusty Pillsbury cookbook that I received as a wedding present 38 years ago, and have been making peach pie using that recipe ever since!

Fresh peach pie filling is added to unbaked pie crust before baking.

Use Homemade OR Store Bought Pie Crust

I have always enjoyed making my own pie crusts from scratch, but making this simple pie is even easier if you use store bought pie crusts. The recipe I use for pie crust is one I received from my Mom when I got married (a LONG time ago). Here is a link to that pie crust recipe, if you’re interested. (DIY-Mom’s Pie Crust!)

Peach pie, baked and ready to eat!

Here’s another picture, from another time I made this yummy peach pie.  See those yummy peach slices inside? THAT’S what I’m talking about…yum!

Peach pie is sliced and served!

Time To EAT!

As far as I’m concerned, if you have fresh homemade peach pie, you’ve GOTTA have a scoop of vanilla ice cream with it.  I think it’s the law in some states (ha ha)! You could also drizzle a homemade peach coulis over the pie and ice cream, for a nice presentation, if you want (not shown)!

A slice of homemade peach pie is delicious, served a la mode!
Hope you enjoy it! We sure do! I can’t even begin to count how many peach pies I’ve made over the years, and we never seem to have any trouble finding friends and family to help us eat them! GO FIGURE.

Making a peach pie or any other fruit pie is simply combining the pie filling ingredients, then placing them into an uncooked pie crust. The filling is topped with another piece of pie dough, crimping the edges to form crust, then baking until done!

Looking For More PIE Recipes?

You can find ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few pie recipes for you to check out, which include

Other Peach Desserts On This Blog

If you enjoy peach inspired desserts, I’m confident you will enjoy my recipes for peach turnovers, a peach shortbread tart, old-fashioned peach crisp, and peach ice cream! They all taste WONDERFUL!

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Author's signaturePie Recipe Source: “The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook”, page 149, copyright 1973, by The Pillsbury Company

Pie Crust Recipe Source: http://www.thegratefulgirlcooks.com/diy-moms-pie-crust/

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Peach Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

How about a slice of old-fashioned, made from scratch, fresh Peach Pie? Savor the flavors of summertime with this delicious, easy to make, homemade pie!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peach pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 351 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For pie filling:
  • 5 cups sliced peaches
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (added to top of pie before putting top crust on)
For Pie Crust:
  • 2 Two pie crusts (homemade or purchased) , trimmed to fit a 9" pie pan. (Purchased or homemade)
  • 1 Tablespoon milk (optional-to make a shiny crust)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional-to make a shiny crust)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sliced peaches (thawed, if using frozen), granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Stir gently, to combine.
  3. Place (uncooked) prepared pie crust in bottom of pie pan. Prick crust with tines of fork.
  4. Pour the apple mixture into the pastry-lined pie pan. Spread evenly over crust. Cut the 2 Tablespoons of butter into small chunks and dot the top of the apple mixture with it.

  5. Carefully top pie with the second prepared crust. Seal the crust to bottom crust, then flute the edges of crust. Make a couple small cuts in top crust with a knife (to vent). If a shiny/sugary crust is desired, just brush the top crust of the pie with 1 Tablespoon milk, then sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar evenly on top.

  6. Bake at 425 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned and juice is bubbly in the center of the pie. I like to put a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below the rack the pie is cooking on, to catch any juice drips.
  7. Remove pie to a wire rack to cool when done. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If making an 8" pie, measurements are as follows: 4 cups fruit, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon butter. Same cooking time (30-35 minutes).

Nutrition Facts
Peach Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 199mg9%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 7.1mg9%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Dutch Crumb Apple Pie

You’re gonna LOVE Dutch Crumb Apple Pie! This classic apple pie, topped with buttery pecan streusel crumbs will be a hit with everyone who enjoys dessert!You're gonna LOVE Dutch Crumb Apple Pie! This classic apple pie, topped with buttery pecan streusel crumbs will be a hit with everyone who enjoys dessert!
I made a Dutch Crumb Apple Pie this past week for my hubby (because I love him).  It’s one of his very favorite pies, especially with the buttery pecan streusel crumb topping!

He owns a real estate appraisal business, and has been working LONG, crazy hours for the past couple months to keep up with demand. He mentioned to me a few weeks ago on an incredibly busy, stressful day, how good a piece of Dutch Crumb Apple Pie pie sounded. So I made him a pie this week as a “thank you” for how hard he works for our family. THIS pie. It’s delicious!

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How I Found this Recipe

I’ve been making apple pies for as long as I can remember, from the same old recipe I found in a cookbook when I was a newlywed, almost 40 years ago. Last Fall I made several pies and enjoyed surprising a few friends and neighbors with a pie of their own!

I usually make apple pies the traditional way, with a top crust, but discovered a couple of years ago that we really enjoyed the buttery topping found on a Dutch Crumb Apple Pie. The brown sugar and pecans in the topping really give this pie added flavor! I found the recipe for the crumb topping in the same cookbook, added it to the pie recipe…and we LOVED it!

What Kind Of Apples Are Used For This Dutch Crumb Apple Pie?

Firm baking apples are the apple of choice for this pie. I love to use Gravenstein, but Granny Smith apples are a perfect substitute (firm and tart). Last summer I picked a huge amount of Gravenstein apples at a local U-Pick farm nearby, so that is what I used in these photos.

Gravenstein or Granny Smith apples are used to make this Dutch Crumb Apple Pie.
How To Make This Delicious Dutch Crumb Apple Pie

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Make a single pie crust. Use your own recipe, buy one, or make my recipe (DIY Mom’s Pie Crust!). Prick the dough on bottom and sides with tines of a fork, so the dough doesn’t “puff up” while baking.

Pie crust is ready to make a Dutch crumb apple pie.
Prepare the apple filling per recipe instructions. Set aside.

Dutch crumb apple pie filling is mixed in a large bowl.
Make The Crumb Topping

Prepare crumb topping, using a pastry blender to cut butter into mixture. Mix until all butter is worked in, and is about the size of peas.

Making the streusel to top the Dutch crumb apple pie is easy.
The topping mixture should look something like this when done:

Butter has been cut into the streusel topping for the Dutch crumb apple pie.
Fill the Pie

Add the apple filling to the prepared pie crust. Make sure it is fairly even when distributed over the crust.

Apple pie filling is arranged on top of the pie crust in pan.
Carefully distribute the crumb topping mixture on top of the apples. I cup my hand around the sides as I go, to keep most of the crumbs ON the pie and OFF the kitchen counter.

Dutch crumb topping is added to top of the apple pie.
Spread crumb topping over entire surface of pie and mound it up toward the center of pie.

Dutch crumb apple pie has streusel topping over entire surface of pie.
This is what it should look like from the side. See how high it is in the middle?

A side view to see the topping piled up on the Dutch crumb apple pie before baking.
Time To Bake The Dutch Crumb Apple Pie

Bake the pie at  425 degrees, for  40-45 minutes. I put a piece of aluminum foil on the rack below the rack the pie is baked on, to catch any wayward drips (easy to clean up). A Dutch Crumb Apple Pie should be a wonderful, golden brown color when done.

Dutch Crumb Apple Pie is golden brown on top after it comes out of oven.
Let cool for a bit, then dig in! Here’s what the inside of the pie looks like: (Same pie… but used my phone’s camera for this one…)

A look at the inside of the Dutch crumb apple pie.
And here’s what a slice of the Dutch crumb apple pie looks like with a scoop of my homemade vanilla ice cream, (gotta have the pie a la mode, of course). So incredibly good!

A slice of Dutch crumb apple pie, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Hope you will give this Dutch crumb apple pie recipe a try! We love it, and think you will, too! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day. Come back soon!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: “The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook”, copyright 1973 by The Pillsbury Company. [Apple Pie recipe: page 149]. [Crumb topping recipe: page 147].

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Dutch Crumb Apple Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

You're gonna LOVE Dutch Crumb Apple Pie! This classic apple pie, topped with buttery pecan streusel crumbs will be a hit with everyone who enjoys dessert!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dutch crumb apple pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 460 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Pie:
  • 1 9" pie crust , at room temperature
  • 6 cups apples , peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
For Crumb Topping:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I use dark brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. While oven is preheating, put pie crust into 9" pie pan. Form crust. Prick the bottom and sides of dough with tines of a fork, so the dough won't puff up while pie is baking. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the crumb topping: In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and chunks of the the butter. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two forks. Cut the butter in until the mixture is crumbly and the butter has been reduced to the size of peas. Stir in the chopped pecans (or walnuts). Set aside.

  3. Make the pie filling: Place the peeled apple slices in a large mixing bowl. Add the granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Pour the apple filling into a prepared (*unbaked) pie crust lined pie pan. Cover the entire surface of the pie with the crumb topping, and forming a mound which rises in the middle of the pie. Use all the crumbs (the topping will flatten out a bit while baking).

  5. TIP FOR BAKING: Place a large piece of aluminum foil under the pie in oven, on the rack below the one the pie will be on. This will catch any drips, and help with easy clean-up.

  6. Bake pie at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Pie should be bubbly and golden brown when done. Remove hot pie to a wire rack to cool a bit before serving. Slice a piece, top it with some vanilla ice cream... and ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Dutch Crumb Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 193mg8%
Potassium 169mg5%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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DIY – Mom’s Pie Crust!

Mom’s pie crust is a family favorite! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a delicious, flaky pie crust from scratch in about 10 minutes!Mom's pie crust is a family favorite! Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a delicious, flaky pie crust from scratch in about 10 minutes!
A few days ago I made a Dutch Crumb Apple Pie.  It dawned on me that I should post my “tried and true” pie crust recipe. This recipe came from my Mom over 40 years ago and I’ve been using it ever since! A good pie crust always makes a pie exceptional!

I actually think I can make a homemade, flaky pie crust in less time than it takes to drive to the grocery store, buy a pre-made one, then drive home, AND it’s a great pie crust!

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Mom’s Pie Crust Is My “Go To”!

This recipe has been used for all my pies, including Toll House Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie, and my Dutch Crumb Apple Pie, as well as many other pies and tarts.  I’m posting pics of the way I make Mom’s pie crust, just in case you are remotely interested in SEEING the process.

Note: For 38 of the last 40 years, I mixed up the dough by using a hand held pastry blender (works great). My sister in law gave me her really old food processor a couple years ago, and now I use that (just an FYI-this crust can be made both ways!). Anyhow… here’s how I whip up a pie crust:

How To Make Mom’s Pie Crust

Measure the flour, salt, and shortening into a food processor. Pulse until shortening is about the size of peas. Drizzle ice cold water into the mixture, and process until fully combined. Note: This can ALL be done by hand with a pastry blender if you do not have a food processor.

Flour, salt, and shortening in a food processor to make pie crust dough.
Once fully combined, the dough will come together into a ball.  Gather all the little pieces up into the dough and shape this mixture into a nice, round ball.

Dough for Mom's pie crust comes together in a ball, once processed.

Time To Roll Out The Dough

Place the dough ball onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll it out to a large circle that is bigger than your pie plate.

Rolling out the dough larger than a pie pan.

Take the pie pan you will be using and invert it onto the dough. Cut around it with a knife, leaving an extra inch around the outside.

Cutting the pie crust out with a knife using an inverted pie pan for measuring.

If you want (this is optional), you can add leftover pieces of dough to spots where  pie crust has cracks around the outside edge   Press firmly to make sure dough bonds together.

Patches can be made to cracked pie dough.

Transfer Mom’s Pie Crust To Pan

Carefully fold the crust circle in half like this: Don’t worry if there are still a couple cracks in the outside edges, because they can all be patched.

Crust dough is folded in half for transferring to pan.

Gently lift up the dough and place it into your pie pan like this:

Dough is transferred to a pie pan, and then unfolded.

Carefully unfold the dough. Prick the dough on the bottom and the sides with the tines of a fork. Do this because it helps prevent the pie crust from puffing up while baking.

A fork is used to pierce the dough to keep it from puffing up while baking.

Fold any excess dough under the edges (towards the back – kind of doubling it up) and press the dough together firmly to form a bonded, thicker edge. This should be higher than the edge of your pie pan.

Dough in pan is ready to make the crust.

Time To “Crimp” The Crust

Now it’s time to “crimp the crust”. Use your non-dominant hand like this (shown below).  Use the thumb of your dominant hand to insert dough between your two fingers to form the crimped crust all the way around the pie. (sorry- I had to use my right hand to take the picture. Use your imagination for my huge right thumb).

Crimping the crust to shape it for the pie.

When you have gone around the entire edge of the pie, it should look like this:

Mom's pie crust is finished and ready for filling and then baking.
Fill With Your Favorite Pie Filling And Bake

Fill Mom’s pie crust with your pie filling of choice, and bake as directed. I’ve also used this crust for my Toll House Pie, Strawberry Pie, and Peach Pie, to name a few! 

**If you are making a pie that requires a top crust, hope you remembered to double this recipe. Lay the top crust over the pie filling, THEN fold the top edge over the bottom edge, and crimp the edges together to seal around the edges of pie, etc.. Remember to cut a couple slits in the top of the pie crust (if using a top crust) to “vent”**.

Strawberry pie is made, using this homemade pie crust recipe.

I know that’s a lot of pictures, but really… once you get the technique down, a homemade pie crust can be made from scratch in about 10 minutes! Hope you’ll give this one a try. I’ve used Mom’s Pie Crust recipe literally hundreds of times over the years, and have never been disappointed.

Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you come back again soon. Be sure to check out ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Have a great day.

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DIY - Mom's Pie Crust!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
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Total Time
10 mins
 

Mom's pie crust is a family favorite! Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a delicious, flaky pie crust from scratch in about 10 minutes!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pie crust, Mom's pie crust
Servings: 1 pie crust
Calories Per Serving: 1059 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For ONE pie crust:
  • 1 cup unsifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3-4 Tablespoons ice cold water
For TWO pie crusts:
  • 2 cups unsifted all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 5-7 Tablespoons ice cold water
Instructions
  1. Place flour, salt and shortening in food processor (or large bowl, if mixing by hand). Cut in shortening: Pulse in food processor. Use a pastry blender (if mixing by hand).

  2. Drizzle in ice cold water. Mix/process until well combined and mixture can be formed into a ball. (Start with the least amount of water and add more, if necessary).
  3. Place dough ball onto lightly floured surface. Roll out dough. Cut to fit. Place crust into pie pan. Pierce pie dough with tines of fork on bottom and sides of dough in pan. Form crimped edge.
  4. Fill with pie filling of your choice. Bake, according to your favorite pie recipe's instructions.

Nutrition Facts
DIY - Mom's Pie Crust!
Amount Per Serving (1 crust)
Calories 1059 Calories from Fat 630
% Daily Value*
Fat 70g108%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Sodium 1170mg51%
Potassium 134mg4%
Carbohydrates 95g32%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Easy Recipes For Thanksgiving Day!

Here’s a delicious collection of 9 easy recipes for Thanksgiving Day that you, your family and friends will enjoy!9 Easy Recipes For Thanksgiving Day
Today I am sharing a few of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving time. A lot of our holiday traditions center around the table, sharing good food and conversation with those we love.  I’ve put together this small collection of 9 Easy Recipes For Thanksgiving Day!

We all have family traditions that make our holiday celebrations special… here are some of our family recipes that will certainly make  the time spent around the table with those you love enjoyable and meaningful.

Some are our old family traditional dishes (served every year without fail), and some are new “traditions”. Either way, these dishes are delicious, and will certainly add to your Thanksgiving feast, whether it’s an appetizer, a side dish, bread, Thanksgiving breakfast, or that all important piece of pie you manage to eat, even after you are stuffed full to the brim. Hope you find one or two that will become a new “tradition” for your family…

Easy Recipes For Thanksgiving Day

Here’s a couple delicious ideas for your Thanksgiving Day breakfast:

Pumpkin Streusel CoffeecakePumpkin Streusel Coffeecake
(the recipe makes 2 delicious coffeecakes!)

Double-Glazed Pumpkin SconesDouble-Glazed Pumpkin Scones
(Starbucks copycat recipe)

I’ve included a couple of appetizers guaranteed to get your taste buds going and keep everyone satisfied until the main meal…

Mom’s Famous Cheese Ball
Mom's Famous Cheese Ball(cream cheese ball, with green onions, pecans, peppers). YUM!

Hummus

Hummus
Perfect, served with a veggie tray or pita chips!

For The Main Meal

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls
(Is there anything better than freshly made dinner rolls?)

Rainbow Jello SaladRainbow Jello Salad
This is a wonderfully delicious and festive looking salad, which will practically feed a village!

Pecan Praline YamsPecan Praline Yams
Yams, brown sugar, coconut, butter, brown sugar… YES! Wonderful!

Rissole potatoes with fetaRissole Potatoes With Feta
A fantastic potato side dish, with bacon, feta, green onions…oh my – so delicious…

And last –  but DEFINITELY not least… When you’re ready for dessert –

Toll House PieToll House Pie
Our family tradition for years and years… chocolate chips, brown sugar, pecans…so delicious (and easy!)

Happy Thanksgiving, from our home to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!
We have so much to thank God for, each and every day. We are blessed and GRATEFUL.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good, and His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100:4,5(a)

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Nothing beats the taste of a classic strawberry-rhubarb pie! This double crusted pie is delicious, packed with fresh fruit, and is quite easy to make!Nothing beats the taste of a classic strawberry-rhubarb pie! This double crusted pie is delicious, packed with fresh fruit, and is quite easy to make!

One of my husband’s all-time favorite desserts is an old-fashioned Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie! And today, I am going to share the recipe I use for making this sweet-tangy treat!

I grow rhubarb in my backyard raised beds and container garden, but was delighted to receive some rhubarb from my friend Debbie’s backyard garden recently. I was looking for recipes for using rhubarb, but decided to make a pie for my hubby because I love him. and knew he would enjoy it (insert cheesy grin here).

I found this recipe on Pinterest and was surprised that it contained brown sugar… that got my interest, so I tried this recipe. I sure am glad I did! This strawberry-rhubarb pie is all-around fantastic! I used my Mom’s tried and true recipe for the pie crust, too (DIY-Mom’s Pie Crust)!  The recipe is even easier if you use pre-made pie crust dough from the store! If you love strawberries, I’m positive you will love this…and the extra little twang the rhubarb gives to this pie. Truly delicious! Here’s how to make it:

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Prepare The Fresh Strawberries And Rhubarb

Look at that beautiful rhubarb and those gorgeous strawberries! Now go crazy and slice them all up.

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Chop, Chop, or should I say Slice, Slice? Rinse the rhubarb, then slice it up!

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There’s nothing like fresh strawberries and rhubarb in the Spring and early summer! They are SO colorful! The fresh strawberries are also sliced up, and then you’re ready to make this delicious strawberry-rhubarb pie!

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Prepare The Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Filling

Place the sliced rhubarb and strawberries into a large mixing bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix these pie filling ingredients well, so they are totally combined.

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Fill The Pie Crust

Pour the strawberry-rhubarb pie filling into an unbaked pie crust. Dot the top of the filling with cold chunks of butter.

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Place Another Pie Crust On Top Of Filling

Place either a regular crust on top of the pie filling or make a lattice top crust. Crimp the edges to form the pie crust, and seal the two crusts together. I failed miserably at this lattice crust. I didn’t notice the weave was wrong until AFTER pie was baked…oh well! It really doesn’t matter, because the pie still tastes fantastic!

You can also lay a second pie crust on top and seal the two crusts together, instead of making a lattice crust. This is much easier way to make the crust, if desired. Remember to flute the edges to form a nice crust edge on the pie, after sealing the crusts together.

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Bake The Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Place the pie in a 400° F. oven and cook for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°, and bake the strawberry-rhubarb pie for another 25 minutes. The pie crust should be nice and golden in color when done. Let the pie cool down a bit before slicing, and then serve a slice of pie with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Grab a plate and a fork, and a carton of vanilla ice cream! It’s time to dig into this strawberry-rhubarb pie.YUM!

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Hope you enjoy this yummy strawberry-rhubarb pie! We sure do love it! Have a great day, friends, and thank you for stopping by. I hope you will come back again soon for more delicious recipes..

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Nothing beats the taste of a classic strawberry-rhubarb pie! This double crusted pie is delicious, packed with fresh fruit, and is quite easy to make!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry-rhubarb pie
Servings: 8 slices
Calories Per Serving: 346 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 unbaked pie crusts (purchased or homemade - one for top and one for bottom crust)
  • 3 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 3 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (original recipe called for tapioca flour)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cold butter , cut into small chunks
  • cream or milk , for lightly brushing top of pie crust
  • raw sugar , for sprinkling on top of pie crust
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. If making your own pie crusts, roll the dough into a 12 inch circle, fold it in half and transfer carefully to a 9 inch pie pan. Set second crust aside until ready to top the pie filling.
  3. Place the sliced strawberries, rhubarb, granulated and brown sugars, lemon juice, salt and flour in a large mixing bowl. Mix well to combine.
  4. Carefully pour the pie filling into the bottom crust. Dot the top of the filling with the butter chunks. Place second crust completely over the pie filling and seal, or make a lattice crust with the second crust. (it's your call!) Seal the edges of the crust, and form the crimped edges as desired.
  5. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the crust top with the cream or milk, then sprinkle lightly with raw sugar.
  6. Place pie in oven; bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 25 minutes or the crust is a golden color. The pie filling will be bubbly and HOT!
  7. Remove the finished pie from oven. Set aside for several hours while the filling cools (the filling will thicken a bit as it sits).
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream... and ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 209mg9%
Potassium 300mg9%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 42.1mg51%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is a DELICIOUS classic diner-style dessert, made entirely from scratch, without pudding mix or canned ingredients! Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is a DELICIOUS classic diner-style dessert, made entirely from scratch, without pudding mix or canned ingredients!There’s just something about a slice of an old-fashioned banana cream pie…this is the “old school” way to make a great pie, made from scratch, without using pudding mixes or any of the modern pie filling products on the market. Try it… it’s EASY and amazing!

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Where I Found This Recipe

This is a recipe I found on Food.com. It was first published in 2001. It’s completely EASY to put together, especially if you use a purchased pie crust! Banana cream pie is pretty inexpensive to make, and tastes like the old-fashioned pies my Mom used to make! You know, the kind you get at a great 50’s diner. Yum!

I’ve made this pie a few times over the years, and it really is delicious! If you like bananas, you will go ape for this banana cream pie! Really can’t believe I actually wrote that last sentence – keeping it classy, ha ha!

Buy Pie Crust Or Make Your Own

You can either make your own pie crust (as shown below), OR you can buy a 9″ frozen pie crust and pre-bake it, before adding the banana cream pie filling!

Making pie crust dough in a food processor.

Pie crust dough is processed until it comes together in a ball.

For me, it’s easy to make my homemade pie crust since I’ve been making it the same way my Mom made it for years! Roll out the prepared crust, line the pie pan with it, and form the crust. Prick the bottom and sides of the dough with the tines of a fork. Pre-bake the crust, and then let it cool.

Pie crust dough is rolled out into a large circle on floured surface.

Dough for pie is put into pie plate, crust is formed, and dough is pricked with fork.

Fill The Banana Cream Pie

The banana cream pie filling is cooked from scratch (it’s quite easy). The ingredients are cooked on the stove top in one pan. The simple filling is cooked until it thickens, and then it is set aside to cool. Once the pie crust has baked and cooled, it is time to create the pie.  Line the baked pie crust shell with fresh banana slices.

Cove all of the banana slices in the pie with the creamy custard-like pie filling. Spread the filling out to evenly fill the pie crust. There you have it! You just made a banana cream pie from scratch!

Serve The Banana Cream Pie

Place the banana cream pie in the refrigerator until it is fully chilled. Once the filling has been refrigerated for at least 4 hours, it is ready to serve! Slice the pie into 8 servings. I like to serve each piece of pie garnished with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh banana slice or two! Can you see the banana slices hiding out on the bottom of the crust?

Banana cream pie is served with dollop of whipped cream and banana slices.

YUM! This pie is filled with banana flavor! It is cold, creamy, and absolutely DELICIOUS! Hope you will give this recipe a try! With the heat wave we’re having in the Northwest right now, a cool slice of banana cream pie sounds pretty good! Enjoy!

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Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is a DELICIOUS classic diner-style dessert, made entirely from scratch, without pudding or canned ingredients!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana cream pie
Servings: 8 slices
Calories Per Serving: 332 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 9" pie crust , baked per pkg. instructions
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks , room temp
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe (but not mushy) bananas
Instructions
  1. Pre-bake the pie crust according to package directions OR pre-bake a homemade 9" pie crust according to recipe. Cool and set aside after baking.
  2. Place the milk in a large saucepan on the stove. SCALD the milk. (to scald milk simply means to heat the milk to just below the boiling point. Don't boil the milk or it may curdle).. Set aside.
  3. In a separate saucepan, mix together the sugar, flour and salt. Gradually stir in the scalded milk, stirring constantly as you add it in.
  4. Cook on medium heat; stir constantly and cook until mixture has thickened. Once thickened, cover the pan and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Set aside.
  5. Place the 3 egg yolks in a small bowl. Slightly beat the eggs with a fork or whisk, then stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the beaten yolks, stirring constantly as you add the hot liquid. (This is called "tempering" the egg yolks so they slowly warm up; this prevents the eggs from cooking when added to the hot mixture). When the egg yolks are thoroughly combined with the small amount of hot mixture, stir the egg yolks into the saucepan containing the hot mixture. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.

  6. Remove pan from heat; blend in the butter and the vanilla extract. Once well combined, set the pan aside and let pie filling cool until it is lukewarm.
  7. While pie filling is cooling, slice the bananas. Line the bottom and sides of the pie crust with the banana slices.
  8. Pour the warm pie filling over the bananas. Refrigerate until ready to serve (at least 4 hours). When pie is completely chilled, serve with a dollop of whipped cream on top OR make and top with meringue made from the 3 remaining egg whites. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 227mg10%
Potassium 312mg9%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Apricot Mini Hand Pies

Apricot Mini Hand Pies (also known as fruit empañadas) are little hand-held miniature fruit pies, with a sweet apricot filling inside. Delicious!Apricot Mini Hand Pies (also known as fruit empañadas) are little hand-held miniature fruit pies, with a sweet apricot filling inside. Delicious!
One of the most vivid memories I have of my maternal grandmother is seeing her standing by the stove, cooking fried fruit pies for our family (apple, apricot, peach, etc.) Yum!  I especially enjoy these little Apricot Mini Hand Pies when I want just a little taste of something yummy.

My grandma was from east Texas, so I just assumed little fried pies were a very “Southern” thing that all Southern grandmas cooked. Well, it’s not just a Southern thing, but this recipe for Apricot Mini Hand Pies takes me right back to those happy, carefree childhood days long ago. My Grandma passed away many years ago at age 99, but sweet memories of her live on!

I decided to make some little apricot hand pies one day, for no good reason, except they sounded good, I had all the ingredients, and I was thinking of my Grandma.

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Another Name For Mini Hand Pies

I love little fried pies. They are sometimes called “Empanadas”, which are typically a Spanish or Latin pastry turnover, filled with a variety of ingredients and baked or fried. They are usually filled with savory ingredients like meats and onions, but there are also many varieties of fruit-filled empanadas.

THIS is one of THOSE fruit-filled empanada (or fried pie) recipes, utilizing dried apricots that are available at most grocery stores. If you enjoy little fruit-filled pastries like this, you will also love my recipe for blackberry air fryer handpies, or  apple pie stuffed won tons!

Making Apricot Mini Hand Pies Is Very Easy!

The apricot filling only has 5 ingredients. For the pastry, you can either make your own favorite pie crust recipe (this is what I do), or start with pre-made pie crust dough purchased at your local grocery store. Whatever works best for you.

The pie crust is rolled out thin, then cut into small circles (about 3 inches wide – you can use a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass to cut the dough out).

A very small amount of the prepared filling is placed in the middle of the dough circle, then the edges are sealed, crimped, and the little filled fruit pies are fried in hot oil until golden brown. That’s it!

Ten apricot mini hand pies on green doily on plate, ready o eat!
How Many Apricot Mini Hand Pies Will This Recipe Make?

I can usually get about 10-12 of these mini-fried pies made out of two pie crusts. You can use your favorite pie crust recipe (seems like everyone has their favorite) or you can use the one I use for all my pies (see link below).

Hope you will give these apricot mini hand pies a try. They’re yummy little treats…bite-sized, and perfect for munching! Don’t have a clue where the recipe came from for the apricot filling (maybe my Grandma?). I’ve had it for years and years, written on a 3×5 index card. The pie crust recipe is from my Mom (DIY-Mom’s Pie Crust).

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Apricot Mini Hand-Pies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Apricot Mini Hand Pies (also known as fruit empañadas) are little hand-held miniature fruit pies, with a sweet apricot filling inside. Delicious!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apricot mini hand pies
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 256 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces dried apricots
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Pie Crust Dough (for 2 crusts)
  • Vegetable oil for frying (enough to cover the bottom of skillet 1" deep)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, cook dried apricots in 1/4 cup water, until tender and soft.

  2. Add cornstarch, sugar, salt, and butter to pan. Mix well with the apricots. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until mixture has thickened.  Add additional water, if needed, to thin mixture out a bit.

  3. Once mixture thickens, remove it from heat. Pour into a small bowl, cover and chill completely. Once chilled completely, make the pastry dough and roll out on a lightly floured work surface. Using a biscuit cutter or a glass, cut 3 inch circles out of dough.

  4. Spoon about a Tablespoonful of the filling into the center of one half of the dough. Do not overfill or fill to the edges or the filling will run out while you are crimping the edges!

  5. Once pastry circles have been filled, pull over half of the dough to cover the filling. You should now have a half circle of dough. Use a fork to "crimp" around the edges of the half circle to seal the two pieces of dough together. This is very important, or the apricot filling will leak out while cooking!

  6. Preheat oil to 375 degrees. When oil is very hot, carefully place fruit pies in skillet. Cook a couple of minutes on each side. The dough should be golden brown before you turn them or remove them from the pan. Drain fruit pies on paper towels (to absorb extra oil). Making sure the oil in skillet is still very hot, repeat the process until all hand-pies are done cooking. Let hand-pies cool slightly (they will be hot inside!), then serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Apricot Mini Hand-Pies
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 179mg8%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Boysenberry Shortbread Tart

Boysenberry Shortbread Tart features fresh berries, and buttery streusel topping on a shortbread crust! This yummy dessert will be a family favorite!Boysenberry Shortbread Tart features fresh berries, and a buttery streusel topping on a simple shortbread crust! This yummy dessert will be a family favorite!

I love boysenberries. I love shortbread. Combine them and you will have this amazing Boysenberry Shortbread Tart, with fresh berries, and a buttery streusel topping on a simple shortbread crust! This yummy dessert will be a family favorite! !

I’ve been making an Apple Shortbread Tart for many years now. One day last summer, after picking fresh boysenberries at a local U-Pick farm, I decided to play around with the recipe just a bit and create a new version using BOYSENBERRIES!

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My Love for Boysenberries Began Early In Life

I grew up in Southern California and always enjoyed the times our family was fortunate enough to go to Knott’s Berry Farm, where one of our favorite treats to get there was a piece of fresh baked boysenberry pie. You can click on the link for boysenberry to see a brief history of how this berry came to exist. It was their signature dessert!

My Great Aunt Juanita also grew boysenberries in her backyard! As a kid, when we would visit in the summer, she would let us pick a few, and she would always make a big boysenberry cobbler for dessert. Oh man…what memories –  and to this day, boysenberries are still my absolute favorite berry!

Boysenberry, fresh picked straight off the vine!

I love to make boysenberry jam, boysenberry pie and boysenberry cobbler! And now, I love Boysenberry Shortbread Tarts! I LOVE boysenberries (I know…I’m repeating myself, but it’s true!) I pick enough each summer and flash freeze them so they will last all year long…ooh…they are soooo good!

Making the Shortbread Crust Is EASY!

The shortbread crust is made by blending butter, flour, sugar, and salt until the mixture is crumbly (about the size of peas). This can be done using a food processor OR by using a hand held pastry blender.

Mixing sugar and butter to make shortbread crust for tart

Once reduced to about the size of peas, two egg yolks are added to the shortbread crust ingredients and mixed in. I typically use a food processor to do the blending, because it only takes a few pulses to get the job done!

Egg yolks are added to shortbread crust mixture in food processor

Once processed, the shortbread crust mixture is packed down onto the bottom and sides of a tart pan (the kind with removable bottom).

Shortbread mixture is packed into tart pan to form crust

Fill the Crust And Bake

To create the filling, I used a boysenberry pie filling recipe I’ve used for years from a Pillsbury cookbook. It’s really simple to make. The filling is poured into the shortbread crust, and topped with streusel before baking.

So there ya have it… my little boysenberry shortbread tart EXPERIMENT.  Make it, bake it, let it cool. Then all that’s left is to cut a slice, take a bite (well, several bites!), and be delighted to discover just how amazing tasting this dessert is! Oh my goodness! It is so delicious!

Baked boysenberry shortbread tart on serving platter

Who Wants A Bite Of Boysenberry Shortbread Tart?

The crust is buttery (as all good shortbread should be, right?), and is easy to make. I use a tart pan with a removable bottom, which helps to get this tart out of the pan and onto a pretty serving platter.

Slice of boysenberry shortbread tart on plate, served with whipped cream

I really hope you will give this great tasting dessert a try. If you cannot find boysenberries easily (a friend who lives in Tennessee told me recently via Facebook that they are often difficult to find), I guess you could use blackberries. I’ve never tried them in this recipe, but they are fairly close in taste to a boysenberry.

Be sure to check out ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. You might also want to try different variations on this recipe, such as Apple Shortbread Tart or Peach Shortbread Tart.  Both of these fruit versions taste totally amazing, too! Enjoy, and have a great day!

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Author's signatureShortbread Tart Recipe Adapted from : Shari Altree
Boysenberry Filling Source: Pillsbury Cookbook, copyright 1973, by the Pillsbury Company

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Boysenberry Shortbread Tart
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Boysenberry Shortbread Tart features fresh berries, and a buttery streusel topping on a simple shortbread crust! This yummy dessert will be a family favorite!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boysenberry shortbread tart
Servings: 8 slices
Calories Per Serving: 478 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks
For the filling:
  • 4 cups boysenberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the shortbread crust: Blend all crust ingredients(except egg yolks) until the butter is reduced to the size peas. (You can use a fork, a pastry blender or a food processor). Add the 2 egg yolks and mix well to blend. **Set aside 1/4 of this mixture and save for later**. Using the remaining 3/4 of the crumbs, pat them down over the bottom and up the sides of a tart pan with removable bottom disk (this is what I use) or a pie pan. Make sure crust is firmly pressed down into the pan and into the pleated sides to form a solid crust.

  3. Make the boysenberry filling: Place the boysenberries in a large bowl. Add the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Mix gently to coat the boysenberries. Once the berries and dry ingredients are mixed together, gently spoon the berries into the crust.

  4. Sprinkle the reserved 1/4 of the crust mixture over the top of the berries. Cover the entire top of the tart.

  5. Bake the tart at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until the top begins to turn a golden brown (approx. 25-30 minutes, depending on your oven). Just keep an eye on it and remove tart when top is golden brown. Place tart pan on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, if using a tart pan, hold your hand on the bottom of the tart and gently press upward on the metal disk to release the tart from the pan. Place the tart (keeping disk on the bottom of tart) on serving dish, slice and serve warm, with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Boysenberry Shortbread Tart
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 478 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Red, White and Blue Fruit Tart

Enjoy this patriotic fruit tart, with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream in a pastry crust, topped with strawberry glaze. Enjoy this patriotic fruit tart, with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream in a pastry crust, topped with strawberry glaze.

July 4th is just around the corner! Time is flying by…does it feel like that to you? It sure does to me. Time to get planning. Last year I made each of us a Red, White and Blue Fruit Tart for dessert, to celebrate Independence Day!

I’d never made individual fruit tarts like this before, but knew where to start: my standard pie crust recipe (from my Mom). As to everything else…unlimited as to what I could do.  I figured why not experiment and see if I could make a fruit tart like I’ve seen in bakeries before?

I knew I needed to make a strawberry glaze to make it just right, so I went in search of a “good” glaze recipe (similar to a strawberry pie glaze). I found one and forged ahead, determined to make a fruit tart worthy of the ol’ red, white and blue celebration!

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This Fruit Tart Is A July 4th Treat Worth Making

Here’s the result… I added a baked pastry star to really add some patriotic spirit, and guess what? These fruit tarts were actually quite delicious…and festive! The red strawberries, blue blueberries (not to be redundant or anything), flaky crust, coupled with a dollop of white whipped cream makes these a July 4th treat worth making!

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How To Save Time Making These Tarts

They were fairly easy to prepare, also, which is always a plus in my book! If you want to cut corners and take even less time to put these together, I suggest using pre-made pie crusts or pre-made tart shells, courtesy of your local grocery store.

That would really cut down on the time involved to make the crusts… but if you’re a die-hard like me, you really prefer making your own crust.  Whatever works best for you…that’s my mantra.

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I used miniature tart pans that have removable bottoms, which made it very easy to remove the tarts from the pans once completed. They aren’t very expensive…I think I bought 4 of them for around $8 last year. I sure have gotten lots of good uses out of them, and would recommend them for this dessert. I’m pretty sure a miniature pie pan could also be used to prepare these tarts.

Serving The Red, White And Blue Fruit Tarts

When ready to serve, remove the red, white and blue fruit tarts from the pans and place on plates. They look wonderful, especially when served with a cookie “star” on top along with a dollop of whipped cream. 

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I hope that you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July, spent with family or friends, enjoying our great nation, some delicious food, and maybe even some fireworks!  Perhaps you will consider making a red, white and blue fruit tart part of your celebration!

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Have a great Independence Day… and enjoy a red, white and blue fruit tart! Thanks for sopping by, and I hope you will come back soon.

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Pastry Dough Source: DIY – Mom’s Pie Crust
Strawberry Glaze Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-glazed-pie/

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Red, White and Blue Fruit Tart
Prep Time
4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 40 mins
 

Enjoy this patriotic fruit tart, with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream in a pastry crust, topped with strawberry glaze.

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit tart
Servings: 4 tarts
Calories Per Serving: 747 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Pastry Crust:
  • 2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 5-7 Tablespoons cold water
For Fruit Filling:
  • 25-30 fresh strawberries , de-stemmed, hulled, sliced in half
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
For Strawberry Glaze:
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 Tablespoons strawberry jello powder
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
For Garnish:
  • Colored decorating sugar (for decorating pastry stars)
  • Whipped cream
Instructions
  1. TO MAKE THE PASTRY CRUST AND THE DECORATIVE STARS: : Mix flour and salt in large bowl (or food processor). Cut in the shortening, using a pastry blender if preparing by hand, or in the food processor, until the crumbs are pea-sized. Sprinkle the dough with the water (begin by only using 5 Tablespoons, then add additional water, as needed), Mix together until a dough ball forms and holds together (don't get it too wet, though).
  2. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface and roll out (just like you are making a pie crust). Invert a pastry pan over the dough and cut out a circle that is a bit larger than your tart pan. Repeat until you have 4 tart dough circles cut out. Spray each tart pan with a non-stick baking spray. Gently place each dough circle into the tart pans, using your fingers to press lightly into the pan. Try to keep the crust an even thickness. Prick the crust in various places with the tines of a fork to help alleviate some "shrinkage" as the crust cooks.
  3. With the leftover pastry dough, cut out star shapes. Brush stars lightly with water, then sprinkle generously with colored decorating sugar. Bake pastry shells and stars in a 400 degree oven. The tart shells will need to cook for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown. The stars will take a little less time (so keep an eye on them!-you don't want them to get too brown). When done, remove from oven to a wire rack and let cool completely. Do not remove tart pans until right before you serve them!
  4. TO MAKE THE FILLING: In a medium sized bowl, mix the halved strawberries and blueberries. Set aside.
  5. TO MAKE THE STRAWBERRY GLAZE: Mix the sugar, water, strawberry jello powder, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Stir well to combine, then bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Set aside and let sauce cool slightly.
  6. TO ASSEMBLE FRUIT TARTS: Fill each tart shell with strawberry/blueberry mixture. Add additional fruit (if needed to fill). Carefully spoon the strawberry glaze over the fruit. Divide it between the 4 tarts. Leaving the tarts still in the tart pans, place in refrigerator for a minimum of 3-4 hours.
  7. When ready to serve, carefully remove the tart from the pan, add a pastry star to top of tart, and garnish with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

**PREP TIME includes 4 hours of refrigeration.

Nutrition Facts
Red, White and Blue Fruit Tart
Amount Per Serving (1 tart)
Calories 747 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 646mg28%
Potassium 210mg6%
Carbohydrates 105g35%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 47.7mg58%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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