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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Elderberry Apple Pie Recipe

In the fall when the weather turns cool I enjoy baking fresh berry and fruit pies.  One of my favorite pies is apple elderberry.  This recipe is not one you are going to find at your weekly recipe meet  because I came up with it because my husband likes apple pie and I like elderberry so I mixed the fruit so we both had a pie we would enjoy.

I grow elderberries in my yard for the birds but always take from the bush for my autumn recipes.  In august I harvested elderberries by cutting off the dark blue black clusters with my garden scissor and then I put the berry cluster in a colander to wash off before freezing.  

Fresh elderberries are messy; the juice stains and is nearly impossible to get out so I always freeze before using.  When I back with elderberries I always add them to recipe when they are frozen.

Gather ingredients for pie recipe:

2 Cups of fresh elderberries (I use fresh berries that I froze)
4 Cups of peeled, cored and apples
3 Tablespoons of all purpose flour
½ Teaspoon of cinnamon
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons of salt free butter
2- 9 Inch pie crust
Here is the recipe for elderberry-apple pie:
Add the apples, flour, and sugar to the bowl and mix all ingredients. Then add the frozen elderberries and mix gently to avoid breaking the berries.
Line your pie plate with the pie crust and then pour the apple and elderberry filling into the crust. Top the pie filling with the second pie crust and pinch the top and bottom crusts together. Use a fork to create steam release holes in the top of the crust. Then pat the crust with the butter.
Your oven should be preheated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and oven rack should be put in the center.
Bake your pie at 450 for ten minutes and then turn the heat down to 400 and bake pie for one hour.
Test to see if the pie is done by inserting a toothpick in the center if the toothpick comes out clean then the pie is done.
Let pie cool before serving then garnish the pie with freshly whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream .  My husband enjoys his pie with Andy’s frozen vanilla custard.  It sure is good and is the perfect ending for a autumn day.

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