Apple Pie

Cinnamon Apple Pie


  • 8 apples, skins on, quartered and cored
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 double crust pie dough
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cut up into tiny cubes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • sugar to sprinkle across the top of the pie


  1. Slice the apples into pieces.
  2. Combine in a large bowl apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour. Mix until apples are thoroughly covered.
  3. Pour the mixture into an a pie crust. Mound high and dot with butter.
  4. Cover fruit with second pie crust. Crimp edges and vent with 4-6 slits across the top.
  5. Cover the pie and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  7. Brush the beaten egg across the top.
  8. Wrap around the edge with foil to keep from overbrowning.
  9. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes longer.
  11. Open the oven and carefully sprinkle the sugar across the top. Bake for another 10 minutes until top is golden.
  12. Cool the pie for an hour.

Honey Balsamic Blueberry Pie



  • Refrigerated pie crusts, 2 count
  • 7 cups of fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 large egg


  1. Prepare the filling: Place 1 cup of blueberries in a large bowl; crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in the cornstarch and vinegar until cornstarch dissolves. Stir in the sugar, next five ingredients, and remaining 6 cups of blueberries into the smashed berry mixture.
  2. Fit one of the two dough rolls into a greased 9 inch pie dish. Cut the second into 12 to 14 (1/2 inch wide) strips.
  3. Pour fruit into piecrust. Dot with butter cubes. Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Lightly brush egg mixture around the edge of the pie. Arrange piecrust strips in a lattice design over filling. Trim excess dough and lightly press the edges together. Brush entire top of the pie with the remaining egg mixture. Freeze for 20 minutes or until dough is firm.
  4.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Bake pie on a foil lined baking sheet for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 20 more minutes. Cover pie with foil to prevent excess browning, bake another 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden or the filling in the center bubbles. Total time 65-70 minutes.
  6. Remove to a wire rack and cool for one hour before serving.

Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler

Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler


  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 12 ounces sliced peaches
  • 12 ounces of mixed berries: blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries.
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup whipping cream


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine pinch of salt with the next seven ingredients in a large bowl, stirring gently until well blended. Pour into a buttered 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and remaining pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form. Add cream, and stir just until mixture forms a soft dough. Spoon topping over berry mixture.
  3. Grill, covered with grill lid, 25 to 30 minutes or until fruit bubbles and topping is cooked through. Makes 6-8 servings.

Kumquat Refrigerator Pie

Kumquat Refrigerator Pie


  • 1 baked pie crust, 9 “
  • 1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip whipped topping
  • 2/3 cup pureed Kumquats
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


Beat condensed milk and whipped topping. Add lemon juice and beat until thickened. Add pureed kumquats, pour in pie shell and chill in refrigerator for several hours.


Kumquat Puree Preparation

Wash fruit, cut in half and remove seeds. Place in blender or food chopper (A blender makes a finer puree). Do not cook. Use puree in recipes as called for or freeze in zip-lock bags or other freezer containers. Frozen kumquat puree can be stored for six months or more. When you use frozen puree .. defrost and drain the excess liquid before using.

Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie

Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie

  • 2 large lemons, preferably Meyers
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • Coarse sugar, for sprinkling
  • Dough for one double-crust pie 

Thoroughly wash lemons, then dry with paper towels. Finely grate lemon zest into a bowl. Using a mandoline, slice lemons as paper thin as you can get them; remove and discard seeds. Add slices to zest and toss with sugar and salt. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Roll out half the dough 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface, fit it into a 9-inch (1-quart) pie plate, and trim the edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang.

Mix the macerated lemon-sugar mixture with eggs, melted butter and flour until combined well. Pour into prepared pie shell.

Roll out the remaining dough into a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface, drape it over the filling, and trim it, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold the overhang under the bottom crust, pressing the edge to seal it, and crimp the edge decoratively. Beat one egg white until frothy and brush over pie crust, then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cut slits in the crust with a sharp knife, forming steam vents, and bake the pie in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350°F. and bake the pie for 20 to 25 minutes more, or until the crust is golden. Let the pie cool on a rack and serve it warm at room temperature.

Rustic Berry Tart


Rustic Berry Tart 

  • 1 pre-rolled pie crust 
  • 4 cups of fresh berries, such as: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • ½ cup of sugar, plus a little extra for the crust
  • Zest from half a lemon
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 egg – egg whites only


  1. Remove pre-rolled pie crust from the refrigerator and allow it to sit fifteen minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add berries, sugar, lemon zest, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Gently fold together to combine.
  4. Roll out pie crust onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Spoon the fruit mixture onto the center of the pie dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Gently fold over the border towards the center, pleating as you move around the tart.
  6. Place tart in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm the dough back up.
  7. Remove from refrigerator. Brush the dough edge of the tart with egg whites and sprinkle sugar around the edge.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 375 degrees and back for another 30 minutes or until fruit is bubbly and crust is golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.





Peach Pie



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 cups sliced peeled peaches
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugars; add peaches and toss gently. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Line a 9-in. pie plate or cast iron skillet with bottom pastry; trim even with edge. Set aside. Drain peaches, reserving juice.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; gradually stir in reserved juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and butter. Gently fold in peaches. Pour into crust.
  3. Roll out remaining pastry; cover the top or make a lattice crust. Trim, seal and flute edges. If covered, add four slits for steam. Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 400° for 50-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Remove foil. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. If desired, serve with vanilla ice cream.