Today, I made a childhood favorite, Pineapple Pie. It also loosely ties into my love of Donald Duck. I'm not sure if it's a Carl Barks (aka the duck man and amazing storyteller and artist) story or not, but basically it had to do with Donald and Scrooge being stuck on a beach and Donald says he is going to go make pineapple pie. Maybe the Beagle Boys stole one. The thing that struck me as odd was making a pie on a beach. Like you'd have the stuff necessary to make one. Come to think of it, Grandma Duck had a back to school party on the beach w/ pie once as well and Donald was totally chowing down on it.
I used the foolproof pie crust from VT oct/nov 2007 issue. Thanks again, to have cake will travel for pointing it out - you've made pie possible again for me.
I added about 1 tsp of lemon zest to the crust as suggested by the Pineapple pie recipe that I found online.
One recipe of foolproof piecrust only makes a bottom crust for a normal sized pie. for the top layer, I rolled it out between waxed paper and put it in the fridge. Note that it's very delicate/crumbly and doesn't seem like it would make a perfect top crust, but it came out ok and is like normal crust when you cut it. I just wouldn't make a lattice crust pie w/ it.
I used my own simple recipe for the pie this time. It came out like I remembered it. Yum. The lemon in the crust was noticeable, but not overpowering. Nice touch. Next time I will try the recipe above to see how they compare. I also use the flour, EB, sugar technique for most of my fruit pies, sometimes adding cinnamon.
- drain pineapple
- coat pineapple with flour and sugar. you want a generous coating
- put pineapple into crust
- put small chunks of earth balance on top of pineapple (it will melt in). I didn't use much. I'd guess a couple of TBS for a normal sized pie. I made 1/2 a pie.
- cover pie w/ top crust
- bake at 400 until done. I basically did it until crust was finished. you should definitely wrap the crust edges in tinfoil - I didn't at first and got a slight burn to the edges - still tasted good.
- pineapple pie is best when eaten cold/cooled.