Life is moving so fast.
Summer draws to a close. Although I don’t work at the local university (except for one of my consulting gigs), parts of my schedule are dictated by the school year. That’s what happens when returning students increase your town population several-fold.
I’ve been working on several projects related to the start of the school year, including a series of radio segments. Toss in some school menus, a presentation or two, and a few special events, and you’ve got a packed summer-to-fall transition.
That’s why I’m grateful to spend a leisurely half-hour in the kitchen preparing something with the most recent ground cherry harvest. After the last savory recipe, I wanted to take advantage of the ground cherry’s ability to fill any sweet dessert. The result: A mouth-watering ground cherry pudding pie.
Why pudding? Because the soft almond crust melts in your mouth like pudding. You can use almond flour; I used leftover almond meal from making almond milk.
Serve this pie on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The ground cherries release their juices and combine with brown sugar to make a unique syrup. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it. The crust is rich, so start with a small portion.
Ground Cherry Pudding Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert vegan almonds ground cherry
Sweet Almond Crust
- 1 cup almond flour or almond meal from making almond milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground Cherry Filling
- 3 cups ground cherries, husked and washed
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine crust ingredients. Lightly coat an 8-inch pie pan with coconut oil. Press almond mixture into pan until bottom and sides are evenly coated.
Combine ground cherries, brown sugar and nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Sprinkle cornstarch evenly over mixture and mix. Cook an additional 5 minutes or until ground cherries are softened and syrupy. Pour filling into pie crust and bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm or cold.
P.S. Bonus pics! The ethereal lace of a mature ground cherry: