August 8, 2011

Pies from Grace!

Grandmother Grace would often stay with us six months out of the year when we were growing up in Jackson. Sometimes she would stay through the winter in order to avoid the ice and snow in Ohio. Other times, she would prefer to come down in the Spring and stay through August. We loved having our Grandmother visit. She was excited to be there and I am sure it prevented her from being lonely in her big ole house after my grandfather had passed away.

Grandmother at her dining table

Mother (right) and Cousin Ruth (left) in the front of Grandmother's Home

During the summer months, Grandmother would often serve up a delicious dinner with the bounty of summer vegetables we bought at the Farmer's Market. Her dinners were nothing fancy, but the most divine dinners you ever tasted. Two  of her specialties were her Sugar Cream Pie and the most delicious Oatmeal Honey Walnut Pie. At times, she would slice up an apple and layer it in the bottom of the cream pie, other times, she served it plain. If you have never tried these two pies, make sure you do. They are simply old-fashioned goodness!

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9-inch) store-bought piecrust
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For filling: In a medium bowl, combine heavy cream, flour, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, milk, and vanilla. Fit crust into a 9-inch pie pan and dot bottom with butter. Pour filling into crust. Combine cinnamon and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and sprinkle on top. Bake pie until set and center is firm to touch, about 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack before cutting.

I've made this pie several times and it is a hit every time.
 Very rich, especially with a little whipped cream on top!
 Better make two of these...they go fast!

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie
2 eggs
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup dried raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 unbaked pie pastry (9 inches)
Whipped cream, optional

In a bowl, beat eggs. Add honey, oats, coconut, brown sugar, butter, raisins and walnuts; mix well. Pour into pie shell.  Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until browned and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.
 Oh yes...we desire!

My Darling Grandaddy having Christmas dinner with
Uncle Dick, Aunt Carolyn and little Jeff!
No doubt these pies were served for dessert!

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