Pie made with grapes

Recipe Finder

January 09, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Sarah A. Russell of Springdale, Ark., writes that she has looked all over for a seedless grape pie recipe. She had the dish in a restaurant, but adds the eatery won't give the recipe to her. "It tastes as though it has cream cheese in it," she says.

A response from Linda Mark of Rogers, Ark., notes that she has tried to re-create the "Concord Grape Pie served at the Catfish restaurant in Tontitown, Ark., as requested. It is a great pie."

Concord Grape Pie

Serves 6 to 8

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided use

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons milk

3 cups whipped topping

1 cup red seedless grape halves

Mix pretzels, butter and 1/4 cup sugar together and press into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely. Mix cream cheese, milk, remaining sugar and whipped topping. Gently fold in grape halves and spoon into cooled crust. Chill well.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The pretzels give the crust a distinctive, salty taste that contrasts surprisingly well with the whipped cream and grapes. The crust may crumble a bit when the slices are removed from the pie pan, so some reassembly may be required (or don't fret and eat the mixture in a jumble). Top each slice with a couple whole grapes as a garnish. The crust gets very soggy by the next day."

Recipe requests

Mary Whitehead of Laurel is seeking a recipe for stewed apple dumplings, which her mother made in the 1940s. "The apples were wrapped in a dough and dropped in a milk broth and stewed on top of the stove. The broth was seasoned with cinnamon and vanilla and whatever."

Michael Griffin of Baltimore is seeking a macaroni and cheese recipe like the one made by a chef at Micah's restaurant on Reisterstown Road.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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