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Spiced Nectarine Pie

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A recipe for nectarine pie showed up in my Facebook newsfeed and for some reason, it never occurred to me you could make a pie from nectarine. Silly right? Especially since peach pie is a thing. A pretty BIG thing in the pie world. My younger sister Wendy loves peach pie and I thought I should come up with a good recipe in honor of her and so we could know if it’s good. I guess since it’s going up on a blog post it’s safe to say, it is DELICIOUS!

I made my pie with the skins on. This imparts more tartness to the pie which I like. With a big scoop of vanilla ice cream it is heavenly! If you would like it sweeter, slip the skins.

The pie crust I used, Sylvia’s Perfect Pie Crust, is found on Pioneer Woman’s site and it is an easy, perfect flaky crust.

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Spiced Nectarine Pie
INGREDIENTS:

6-9 Ripe Nectarines
3 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons brown sugar (additional)
1 Tablespoon butter cut into small pieces

Double Pie Crust

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 425°

Prepare your favorite pie crust, roll out and fit into a 9 inch pie pan. (I use Sylvia’s Perfect Pie Crust found on Pioneer Woman website)

In a large bowl combine ingredients through lemon juice. Pour into prepared pie crust, sprinkle remaining brown sugar over the top and dot with butter. Fit a slit/vented top crust onto the pie, crimp and trim. Whisk egg white to aerate then brush onto crust. Sprinkle sugar over the top.

Place pie on cookie sheet in 425° oven for 15 minutes. Reduce to 350° for 40-50 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Almost Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

The last time I made these I failed to track my ingredients. I promised to provide a recipe but minus the requisite ingredients, I unintentionally reneged on that promise. Tonight I decided to cook Chicken Pot Pie for dinner since I already used the oven to make bread. It gave me the opportunity to grab a sticky note and write things down as I went so you can recreate these wonderful little pies.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (Save some time and buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.)
  • 1 Can of Cream of Mushroom, Celery or Chicken soup plus 1/2 can of water
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (I used corn, peas and green beans)
  • 1 Tablespoon chicken base
  • 1 Tablespoon Wondra flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Montreal Chicken seasoning
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 3 Nine inch pie dough circles room temperature (Pilsbury from the grocery store cold case or make your own)
  • 1 egg whipped to egg wash the tops
  • 3 six inch foil pie tins

Instructions:                                                 Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

In a sauce pan stir together the soup, water, chicken base, flour and seasonings. Add frozen vegetables and heat on medium low. You want the mixture to thicken to very thick gravy consistency.

If you use the store bought pie dough circles, here’s what I did to make dividing and rolling out super easy. Remove dough from packaging and place one rolled up dough circle in the microwave for 5-10 seconds on high. You want the dough to be barely warm. Now smoosh it together into a ball. Divide each pie dough ball into two balls – one bigger, one smaller and roll both out. Line the tins with the larger circles. Add 1/3 of the chicken and 1/3 of the vegetable mixture to each. Top them with the smaller circle, crimp edges with a fork and cut slits in the top.  Brush the tops of each pie with the egg wash and sprinkle a little kosher salt.  Place pies on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Tops will be golden brown.IMG_0335-wm

Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. You know the proven fact about the internal temperature of a chicken pot pie right?

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