So you came back for more pie did ya? Well you came to the right place and I have an absolutely lovely pie for you this week. As you may have heard, northern Virginia has been getting hit with snowstorm after snowstorm. I currently have around 2 1/2 feet of the white stuff on the ground right now. I decided to try to put myself in a spring time mood by choosing a recipe that was cool, refreshing and had a tropical touch to it. Today I will be baking a Creamy Pineapple pie that is a favorite in my home. It is a double layered pie with a bottom layer of luscious pineapple and a cheesecake style top layer.
For this weeks pie you will need:
1 8oz can crushed pineapple in juice undrained
1 cup granulated(divided) sugar
8oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tbl cornstarch
and the recipe for my pie crust (see post for feb 5, 2010).
Prepare the pie crust recipe as given in my Feb. 5, 2010 post.
In a small saucepan mix 1/2 cup of the sugar and cornstarch together and then add pineapple. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes while it thickens. Let cool a few minutes a pour into bottom of pie shell. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and salt until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time,beating well after each addition. Blend in the milk and vanilla. I have to apologize, because while I was at this stage, I was so engrossed with the raging blizzard out my kitchen window, I forgot to take a photo of the cream cheese mixture. However I have complete confidence in you gals and guys to figure this out part minus a photo...ya think???
Carefully and with a large spoon, ladle the cream cheese mixture over the pineapple. Mixture will be thin and that's ok..it should be. Chop the pecans and carefully sprinkle them on top of your pie in any pleasing design. Now get creative here...maybe in the shape a palm tree or the Windsor Castle ! Ok...maybe just a simple circle makes more sense. Don't you just love my little antique nut chopper. It was my mother-in-laws and she was nice enough to let me have it..thanks Mom! Your pie is now ready for the oven. Bake your baby at 400 degrees for 10 minutes and then reduce oven temp to 325 degrees and bake 45-50 minutes more or until center is set. For you novice bakers that means until the center is not all wiggly jiggly. If you find your crust getting too brown, cover with aluminum strips or a handy aluminum pie ring. I personally swear by my pie crust rings and you can find them at Amazon.com!
While your pie is baking their is one more little treat I want to share with you....pie crust cookies!!!! When I was a little girl, baking with my mom, she would always take the left over dough, roll it out and sprinkle it with melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Then she would roll it into a log and cut pinwheel shaped cookies to bake. I used to like those flaky morsels better than the pie. To a little girl it was like magic...you took scraps and turned them into fabulous treats. I hope all you young Moms and Dads out there are creating wonderful baking memories with your children, because believe me...they will remember those times. Hint: remember that extra crumb topping from last weeks pie...that would make a great filling for your pinwheel cookies!
Don't these look wonderful?? I think I will have a tea party while I wait for my pie to bake...yum.
Time to take her out of the oven to cool and then chill......patience please...go take a walk with Gretel and you can have a piece when you get back.
Is your mouth watering yet? I have to admit and not just because I made it, this pie is delicious! Not too sweet, with just the right amount of fruit and luscious cheesecake topping. The nuts add a nice crunchiness to the creamy quality of this pie. I hope you give it a go and enjoy it as much as we do.
Until next time..be kind and.......(ding dong, door bell is ringing) Oooo..I have a surprise guest. Look who has popped in for a piece of pie and cup of Earl Grey!!
My new best friend...everyone.... I would love for you to meet 'Oscar'. Oscar is from the Cotswolds, UK. He has decided it was time to go off on his own and see a little of this big world. He was very sad to leave his Mum and Dad, Gretel and Andy, but not too sad to get away from their cat. He must have gotten a very good education in their home, because every night he tells us wonderful stories about circuses and is very knowledgeable about hunting for wild mushrooms. He has promised to teach me how to bake gingerbread and cherry almond cake. I think Oscar and I are going to get along great.
So stay creative and eat pie!!!