This recipe was the result of a few events. I had a big bag of deep purple seedless grapes sitting in my kitchen, which I needed to use up. Entirely my fault, because I couldn’t resist buying them even though I had already shopped for the week’s quota of fruit. I do not know what variety they were, but they were the sweetest grapes I have ever eaten.
Now, one can eat only so much of grapes. And my daughter does not like them. My husband, who loves them, was away on work. So what could I do with the grapes?
Then I saw the announcement for this month’s event at the Mini Pie Revolution HQ. And having made a somewhat decent Lemon Meringue Pie for the Daring Bakers challenge, I was feeling a bit confident about setting forth in this direction.
I also decided this would be an opportunity to break in my new tartelette moulds. So I came made up a recipe, and converted the grapes into a pie filling using cardamom (my favourite spice). And found an interesting recipe for the crust. The best part is that this whole recipe requires no egg.
Cardamom Flavored Grape Mini Pies
For the crust:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup corn meal
- 1 1/2 tbsps sugar granulated
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 50 gm butter chilled
- 4 tbsps milk cold
- flour a little extra for rolling dough
For the Filling:
- 1 1/2 cups grapes purple seedless
- 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar ( use more if the grapes are not very sweet)
- 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 pods seeds cardamom powdered from about (about 1/2 tsp)
- The Crust : I used the food processor to make the crust. You can do it by hand , if you prefer. Cut the butter into thin strips and put back into the fridge. Put the flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder and salt into the processor. Pulse a couple of times t mix everything well. Now add the butter and run the processor, stopping in between, till the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Do not overdo this. Now sprinkle the milk over the mixture and after a couple of minutes, run the processor only till the mixture just clumps.
- Put the mixture on a lightly floured surface and with minimal handling, bring together and shape into a round. Cover with cling wrap and chill in the fridge for about half an hour. Then roll out as thin as possible and cut out pieces to fit your mini-pie moulds. I used aluminium moulds and so greased them before pressing in the rolled out dough into the mould. Prick the base well, otherwise the base of the crust would push up on baking. Bake at 190C for about 20minutes.
- The Filling : Process (can use a blender) the grapes and lemon juice just so they are broken up. Do not puree. Pour this into a pan, add the sugar (adjust this as required), and salt. Allow to come to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in a little less than xbc cup of water and add to the grape mixture. Stir well and take off the heat. Add the cardamom powder. Cool.
- Assembling the pies : Spoon the filling into the individual pie crusts, decorate and serve as you like. I used cashew halves sautxe9ed in salted butter. To do this, sautxe9 about 30 cashew halves (till just golden) in 1 xbd tsp melted butter to which a pinch of salt has been added.