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Favorite Fruit Desserts

Favorite Fruit Desserts

Favorite Fruit Desserts

Make these favorite fruit desserts with cherry, apple, blueberry, peach, apricot, strawberry or pineapple pie filling. These are great desserts for winter! Quick, easy and so delicious! Start off with the basic pie crust recipe. Yes, there’s lard – but this is vintage and frankly, that’s how past cooks make the best pie crusts ever.

In fact, did you know that 1 piece of apple pie (average size) supplies 24 percent more food energy and 36 percent less fat than an average serving of roast beef? And that’s made using lard in the crust. Do if it doesn’t “gross you out”, don’t shy away from lard.

Basic Pastry

A pastry recipe suitable for any pie!

Ingredients
1-3/4 cup sifted pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup lard
1/2 cup hydrogenated fat (Crisco)
Ice water – about 1/3 cup

Directions
Sift flour with salt. Cut in lard until mixture is the consistency of corn meal. The lard must be cold and firm and cut, rather than rubbed in. Next, cut in the remaining fat having particles the size of large peas. Moisten the dough with water, stirring as little as possible. Form into ball and chill before rolling shells.

In a hurry? Use any of the fine quality prepared pie crust mixes or frozen crusts available at your grocer.

Deep Dish Pie

1 can pie filling of choice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
Pastry for one crust pie

Directions
Pour pie filling in greased baking dish 10 x 6 x 2-inches. Sprinkle nutmeg on, and dot with butter. Roll pastry large enough to allow a 1/2-inch over hanging edge all around. Cut small slits in center to let steam escape. Lay pastry loosely over mix; fold over hanging edge over rim of the dish. Press the edges down firmly with tines of a floured fork. Brush top with milk. Bake in hot oven, preheated to 425-degrees for 40 minutes. Serves 6.

Upside Down Cake

Ingredients
2/3 cup butter
1-1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, well beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Pour pie filling into a heavy skillet. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Add sifted dry ingredients and milk alternately in small amounts. Beat well after each addition. Add vanilla and pour batter over mixture in skillet. Bake in moderate 350-degree oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven, cool slightly and turn onto large platter.

Cobbler

1 can pie filling of choice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup biscuit mix (Bisquick)
1/3 cup coffee cream or evaporated milk

Directions
Place pie filling in 1-1/2 quart casserole. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Add cream to biscuit mix. Drop dough by spoonfuls over pie filling. Bake about 20 minutes in moderately hot oven, 400 degrees. Serves 5 to 7.