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.
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.
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?