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Persimmon and Cranberry Pie

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“I'm lucky enough to have both neighbors and coworkers with prolific persimmon trees, so wanted a pie recipe to use some of the Fuyu (crisp) persimmons. I wasn't too thrilled with the few I found, so came up with this colorful pie. I have NOT tried to make this with the Hachiya (soft) persimmons and have no idea how it would turn out! I used Splenda, but the same amount of sugar should work. NOTE: If your persimmons are still hard and have not ripened until they give just slightly to pressure, you may want to increase the stovetop cooking time. Personally I like it with the persimmons a little crunchy but I was definitely in the minority. Also, this makes a slightly tart pie. If you like your pies sweet, increase the Splenda or sugar to 3/4 cup. UPDATE: I made this pie for a holiday luncheon at work and substituted sugar for the Splenda. It received rave reviews! UPDATE 6/25/10: My pie just won RESERVE BEST OF SHOW at the Solano County Fair! WOOHOO!!!”
READY IN:
1hr 40mins
SERVES:
6-8
UNITS:
US

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Put the diced persimmons, cranberries and 1 3/4 cups of the apple juice in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Heat over medium low heat until the cranberry skins split.
  4. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of apple juice with the 1/4 cup of cornstarch.
  5. Add the cornstarch/juice mixture to the persimmon mixture and stir until thickened.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the Splenda until well blended.
  7. Set aside to cool while you prepare the pie crust; put it in a 9" pie pan. If you're using pre-made pie crusts allow the mixture to cool until very warm but not hot.
  8. Put the mixture in the pie pan and top with the second crust in whatever manner you like. (I used free-floating pastry cut-outs).
  9. Bake at 400F for 30 to 40 minutes, until the filling is bubbly. Be sure to put a cookie sheet or sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below the pie to catch any drips. (Putting the pie directly on the cookie sheet will disrupt the flow of hot air around the pie).

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