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Project by Radicalfarmergal posted 08-30-2009 01:41 PM 8326 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As promised, I tried a traditional British recipe for apple and sea-buckthorn pie. In my opinion, it tasted delicious and is well worth making again. I modified a recipe I found on the internet as follows:

Filling:
- 4 cooking apples, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups Sea berries, without the stems
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- several dashes of ground cloves

Add sea-buckthorn berries to a pan with a little water and six teaspoons of the sugar. Bring to a boil, simmer for about 20 minutes until the fruit are soft and pulpy. Press pulp through a sieve into a glass mixing bowl to remove the seeds. Add cooking apples, remaining sugar, flour and cloves and microwave for about five minutes until the apples are softened.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and prepare oil pastry for crust. Spoon filling into prepared crust bottom and cover with top crust. Make vents to release the steam and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for approximated fifteen minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake until the crust is brown and juice is bubbling from the steam vents.

The closest I can describe the taste is the taste of a fresh peach pie. The apples came from a local orchard because our apple tree did not do well this year (all the fruit dropped off before it was ripe). The sea berries, of course, were ours. The fourth picture is two jars of the Sea-Buckthorn jelly I made. Without the apples, the jelly tastes more like oranges or lemons. In the pie with the apples, the tastes blend to something like peaches.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout



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Bob

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posted 08-30-2009 02:22 PM

You have really got me curious about this “magic” berry plant you have grown.

It’s seems to have a life of it’s own.

Bob

-- I want to believe in a lot of things but, in the meantime I have to deal with the truth

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mario1360

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posted 08-30-2009 07:49 PM

wow, sounds delicious, I dont know wht sea-beries are…cranberries????

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 08-30-2009 08:14 PM

Mario, I was very glad that it did turn out to be delicious. My DH had two slices and asked me to make it again soon!

Sea berries originally come from Siberia. They are very hardy plants that can tolerate extremely cold and harsh environments. Although relatively new to the North American continent, they are quite popular in Europe and northern Asia. Sea berries are nutrient dense and very high in vitamin C. Here is a link to an Ontario website that Bob found that describes the plant pretty well.

This is my first year to really harvest any fruit, so I am pretty excited that it has turned out so well.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Bon

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posted 08-31-2009 08:15 AM

That’s one good lookin pie Radgal.Those jars of jelly look pretty good too.Glad it all worked out so well for you.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 10-09-2009 04:23 AM

The very look of the pie is so tempting. The jelly jars look so attractive. I am good at making Guava gelly. Guava is a local fruit rich in vit c and the gelly from it gets a very natural yellow-orange color. I doubt if we get sea berries here. Otherwise I would have tried your recipe.
Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 10-09-2009 08:20 AM

Thanks Bon and Sharad, pies are one of my favorite things to bake (and eat!). Sharad, I agree your climate would probably be too warm for a Sea Buckthorn. I sure would enjoy tasting some of your guava jelly. If we want guava fruit, we have to travel to a warmer part of the world or have it shipped to us over long distances.

I like to imagine what the world was like to earlier travelers – at least the ones with curiosity and a willingness to learn. My sons and I have been reading about the travels of Charles Darwin and how he marveled over the incredible diversity he found. South America must have felt, looked, sounded and tasted so different to him, having never left England before.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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