PIE OF THE MONTH: James Buchanan's Muscadine Pie


Hello Pie Lovers across the world. Here is a great pie recipe from the only bachelor president of the USA… JAMES BUCHANAN! That guy was purportedly a serious lover of grapes He planted and fastidiously cared for a large grape arbor at the white house! Muscadine grapes are a native species of grape that has been cultivated since 1810…one of the most popular cultivars is called Scuppernong … if you can't find them (likely), you could also use Concord grapes for a scrumptious pie (well, good luck finding those as well). But don't bother making this with table grapes … it won't taste like anything.
l-u-v sue anne

James Buchanan's Muscadine Grape Pie

You will need:
9” double pie shell, unbaked
1 quart muscadine grapes
1 c. sugar
1 ½ TB lemon juice
2 TB flour
1/8 tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
Melted butter to brush on top + 1 TB sugar

Wash grapes. Press grapes gently with fingers (one at a time) to remove pulp. Simmer pulp with sugar on low heat 15 min. Cool slightly then press through sieve to remove seeds, set pulp aside. Boil grape skins in small quantity of water until tender (1/2 hour for muscadines, less for concord). Drain water and add skins to pulp. Mix lemon juice, flour, salt into a smooth paste and add to pulp & skins. Add cinnamon. Mix well and pour into crust. Cover top with strips of crust in a lattice arrangement. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325°F and bake until crust is brown and pulp is bubbling. Remove from oven, brush top crust with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Serve warm, plain or with whipped cream or ice cream. yum.

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