Monday, October 27, 2014

Easy Fruit Pie

This is another recipe from the Hannah Swensen Mystery Series by Joanne Fluke.  Again, note that any notes in here from Hannah or that begin with "I" are from the book series and not ME.  If it is my note, it will say from Yvonne....K?  

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F., rack in the middle position. 

NOTE from Yvonne 10/28/14:  I made this last night and topped it with cool whip.  I used my own homemade apple pie filling and found that the "crust" part was really kind of tough.  I think the crust part could use some sugar or vanilla or something as well.  Not entirely on board with this dessert.  Also, I had full slices of apples in my pie filling.  If I made it again, I would cut the apples up into more bite sized pieces and perhaps have more liquid in my filling as my filling tends to have less liquid than perhaps store bought canned fillings do.

Note from Delores: I got this recipe from Jenny Hester, a new nurse at Doc Knight’s hospital. Jenny just told me that her great-grandmother used to make it whenever the family came over for Sunday dinner. Hannah said it’s easy so I might actually try to make it some night for Doc. 

¼ cup salted butter (½ stick, 2 ounces, pound) 
1 cup whole milk 
1 cup white (granulated) sugar 
1 cup all-purpose flour (pack it down in the cup when you measure it) 
1 and ½ teaspoons baking powder 
½ teaspoon salt 
1 can fruit pie filling (approximately 21 ounces by weight— 3 to 3 and ½ cups, the kind that makes an 8-inch pie) 

Hannah’s 1st Note: This isn’t really a pie, and it isn’t really a cake even though you make it in a cake pan . It’s almost like a cobbler, but not quite. I have the recipe filed under “Dessert”. 
You can use any canned fruit pie filling you like. I might not bake it for company with blueberry pie filling. It tasted great, but didn’t look all that appetizing. If you love blueberry and want to try it, it might work to cover the top with sweetened whipped cream or Cool Whip before you serve it.
I’ve tried this recipe with raspberry and peach . . . so far. I have the feeling that lemon pie filling would be yummy, but I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Maybe I’ll try it some night when Mike comes over after work. Even if it doesn’t turn out that well, he’ll eat it. 

Place the butter in a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan and put it in the oven to melt. 
Meanwhile . . . Mix the milk, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium-size bowl. 
This batter will be a little lumpy and that’s okay. 
Just like brownie batter, don’t over-mix it. 
Using oven mitts or potholders, remove the pan with the melted butter from the oven. 
Pour in the batter and tip the pan around to cover the whole bottom. 
Then set it on a cold stove burner. 
Spoon the pie filling over the stop of the batter, but DO NOT MIX IN. 
Just spoon it on as evenly as you can. (The batter will puff up around it in the oven and look gorgeous!) 
Bake the dessert at 375 degrees F., for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until it turns golden brown and bubbly on top. 
To serve, cool slightly, dish into bowls, and top with sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream . 
It really is yummy. 

Hannah’s 2nd Note: The dessert is best when it’s baked , cooled slightly, and served right away. Alternatively you can bake it earlier, cut pieces to put in microwave-safe bowls, and reheat it in the microwave before you put on the ice cream or sweetened whipped cream. 

Yield: Easy Fruit Pie will serve 6 if you don’t invite Mike and Norman for dinner. 

Variation noted in the book: I’ve made this by adding ¼ cup cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the batter. If I do this , I spoon a can of cherry pie filling over the top.

Fluke, Joanne (2014-01-28). Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) (pp. 89-91). Kensington. Kindle Edition.

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