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When Life Gives You Fruit…Make Pie!

In my very first post, I mentioned a recipe for my go-to summer pie. And then I didn’t post the recipe. I know you were all really sad about it.

Summer is obviously the best time for this- it’s easy, the fruit is great, and the oven is only on for a few minutes. Also, you can sit on your back porch with a fork and the pie and play Scrabble. Right? Am I the only person who does that? Damn.

Summer Pie

2 cups nuts- almonds, walnuts, and pecans work best

2 tbsp fake butter, melted

1 tbsp sugar

dash of cinnamon or “pumpkin pie spice”

Preheat the oven to 350. Grind up the nuts in your grindy thing. A coffee grinder, or a Magic Bullet (ha.) both work, if you don’t have a food processor. I don’t! I’ve also used a hammer and a plastic bag wrapped in a towel, but that takes forever and is loud. They don’t have to be ground into a flour- some big chunks are okay! Put the nuts in a bowl, add butter, sugar, and spices. Make sure everything is mixed, and there’s butter on everything. I’m going to keep saying butter when I mean margarine/Earth Balance- is that okay? Am I confusing? Press the nuts into a pie plate. Go up the sides, spread it all out, use enough to cover the bottom of the plate but not a whole bunch more. It doesn’t have to look pretty, you’re just going to eat it unceremoniously on the deck, remember?

Stick it in the oven. Bake for about ten minutes or until the edges start to brown a little. Burnt nuts are gross. Don’t burn it.

Filling

fruit- different amounts depending on what you use. 3 peaches, a pound of strawberries, a container of blueberries/blackberries/raspberries, a bunch of cherries, 4 apples. Mix and match. Do whatever sounds good to you. Eat what doesn’t go in the pie.

1 tbsp corn starch

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp water

Cut your fruit into pleasant, bite-sized chunks. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the sugar and the water until dissolved. Add in about 1/4 of fruit and crush it with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until it’s at a low simmer. Add the rest of the fruit. Stir. Cook. Add the corn starch and mix it all together, until the starch is dissolved. Cook until the glaze gets a little thicker, and the fruit is starting to get soft. Pour the filling into the crust.

Eat it. You can let it cool if you have the willpower.

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