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Grapefruit Custard Pie Recipe

Grapefruit Custard Pie RecipeGrapefruit Custard Pie Recipe follows a story.

Ginny Mackey stood in the kitchen chatting with Ethel when her eyes fell on the box of grapefruits her brother James had sent from Florida and the other box of grapefruit her older brother Gordon had also sent. She groaned, “I wish they had a little more imagination. Both of them send the same thing every year. Except for last year they were oranges. What are we going to do with all of this?” She waved her hand at the 2-bushel crates of citrus in the corner.

“I could make grapefruit marmalade an’ I could candy de peel,” Ethel suggested. Ginny quickly shook her head no.

Ginny quickly shook her head no.“Do any of the children like grapefruit?”

“I think dey do. I doan believe dey could put much of a dent in dem boxes.” Chuckling she continued, “not less dey ate for breakfast lunch and dinner for a week or two.

Ginny had the boxes open now and was pulling out trays of luscious pink fruit. They do look good,” she lifted one of the enormous orbs to her nose, “and smell divine,” handing one to Ethel who followed suit and concurred with Ginny’s opinion.

Ginny cut open one fruit and with a grapefruit spoon spooned out a section. “Oh Lord, these are scrumptious. These are too delicious to cook. But there was a pie I remember. Bertha used to make it for Mother remember? Do you have the recipe?” She continued to talk as she devoured one-half of the grapefruit. “Mmm, try the other one. So good.” She indicated with her elbow to the other half glistening on the counter as she slurped the sweet juice from the spoon over the kitchen sink. “It was a custard type pie if I remember correctly. It would be so pretty with this beautiful pink flesh.”

Ethel picked up a spoon and soon began smacking her lips as she stood beside her employer, “Mmm dat is some kinda good. I can call Mama she can give me de recipe if I can’t find it.”

Bertha’s Grapefruit Custard Pie

First thing. Preheat oven to 400°, den make de’ crust.

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 t. sugar
1 t. salt
1stick o’ cold butter, cut up int’1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup cold lard, cut up int’ 1/2-inch cubes
5 T. or so ice water
Take all o’ de ingredients an’ mix t’gether int’ a ball. Use only as much water as needed t’ form a ball. Den wrap up de dough an’ put it in de icebox. After it’s cooled down fo’ a spell, roll de dough out int’ a 10” circle. Put in a 9” pie pan, cut off any excess dough, den crimp de sides. Before bakin’ prick the bottom good wit’ a fork t’ keep it from bubblin’ up. Bake ‘til light brown. Let cool while you make the fillin’.

1 can sweet condensed milk
1 1/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
2 eggs and 1 extra yolk

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place de piecrust on a baking sheet.
Whisk together de condensed milk, grapefruit juice, and eggs.
Pour the custard into the pie shell, leaving at least 1/4 inch around the top.
Put de pie in the stove an’ bake for 25 minutes. Is gonna wobble some when it comes out de oven. When it cool put in de icebox to set good. Can be served cool or at room temperature.



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