Friday, June 20, 2014

Tony's Fresh-Picked Homemade Mulberry Pie



So I was mowing the soccer field today at church when I spotted a mulberry tree on our property line loaded with dark purple mulberries.  I made a mental note to return and pick a some, so when I got the mower stuck and had to wait for Nathan to come tow me out, I had the perfect chance to pick a bunch. A college friend was coming over to the Currey's later in the evening, so I told Nathan I would bring some Mulberry Pie.  He was clearly skeptical (keep in mind, he's a food snob). I noticed Janey made some dessert, because evidently she doubted my baking prowess also.  I showed them.

I have only made one other pie in my life, it was strawberry.  I figured, how hard is making a fruit based pie?  Just make the fruit sweeter, but retain it's natural flavor, put it in a good tasting crust, and slap on some kind of whipped topping.

I looked up a basic Mulberry Pie recipe online and found what I was looking for.  I wanted to make a pie for after dinner, and another for when my family would be back home from the mission trip tomorrow.

Here's how I did it:

After soaking the mulberries to clean them of any insects, dirt, etc., I picked all the stems off, washing again as I went.  Here they are in the main bowl before I cleaned them the last time.

Then I measured 6 cups of mulberries and put them in to a stainless steel mixing bowl. It has to be stainless, because these suckers stain something awful.

 I added 2 1/2 cups of sugar, about a cup and a half of flour, and turned on the mixer for few minutes.


I poured the sweet mulberry goo in to two pre-made pastry pie crusts.  I put them in the fridge for 30 minutes while the oven pre-heated to 400.



I put them in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes. Then I dropped the temperature to 350 for 30 more minutes (as per a recipe I got from "allrecipes.com").

I took out of the oven and let cool. I didn't have much time to let the first one cool as it was due to be eaten within an hour an a half.  It was a little soupy when I brought it over to the Currey's.  The second one set up perfectly and is awaiting consumption for tomorrow.

 I put a thick layer of cool whip on the top. This was my adaptation to the recipe I got on the internet. The recipe suggested a lattice style pastry crust on top. I don't know how to make crust, so I opted for no top, but rather a topping instead.  Whipped cream made sense because, after all, anything is good with cheese, bacon, chocolate, or whipped cream, right?


We cut it up and ate it.  It was delicious.  I can't wait to eat the other one tomorrow.


Perhaps, during fruit season, I will go around to places and find stuff to make pies with.  Did you know mulberries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants?

5 comments:

jeff said...

It's a soccer pitch, not a field. Get with the program.

jeff said...

By the way, nice job on the pie. It looks great!

Christine said...

Yes, mulberries will stain...or make bird poop purple :) Good job Tony, I'm fairly impressed.

Lori said...

Tony, I will be expecting several pies when you come for Amstubash. You could even give us Amstutz girls a pie making session - free of charge of course.

Woody Woodward said...

Wow, we have a huge mulberry tree in our back yard and never taken any of the fruit. It was planted way back in 1967 by the man who used to farm where our house is now. All I ever knew about mulberry's is the Grackles and the Blackbirds gorge on them and then fly over our patio, taken careful aim and the let the leftovers go, depositing their purple poop all over our windows and deck.