Ground Cherry Pudding Pie

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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.

Ground cherries, ready to be devoured.
Ground cherries, ready to be devoured.

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.

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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.

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After baking:

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Ground Cherry Pudding Pie

  Prep Time: 15 minutes

  Cook Time: 25 minutes

  Keywords: bake dessert vegan almonds ground cherry

Ingredients

    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

    Instructions

    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.

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    P.S. Bonus pics! The ethereal lace of a mature ground cherry:

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    11 Comments

    1. We definitely don’t get ground cherries here! So sad. Now I have a serious yearning to try them!

    2. This is just stunning! A pie I’ve never seen before…but one I certainly want to taste! We live right next door to an elementary school, so although we’re no longer students (and Lucy is still too young), I feel the bustle of the new school year!

    3. Wow, these ground cherries look so gorgeous in the first photo. I haven’t tried the ground cherries before, but I need to try them! Where are they available at? I can’t believe summer is nearly over. I love your sweet almond crust recipe, looks so yummy. What an awesome vegan dessert! And gorgeous bonus pictures, too, loved the ethereal lace….amazing!

    4. Radio segments? How exciting. I can’t imagine myself on the radio…I’m not that eloquent. 🙂

      Looks delicious! I’ve never heard of these types of cherries before.

      Have a great weekend Jessie!

    5. Love the pics of the ground cherries. The pie sounds wonderful!

      Sounds like you are working on lots of interesting projects!

    6. I hear that ground cherries are making a comeback. If you can find a farmers’ market where they sell organic plant starts, you can often find ground cherry plants ready for your garden. They are perennial – and are quite productive! Be prepared! You can also buy seeds for ground cherries from Bakers Seeds (catalog/online).

      1. Thanks, Cat! We’re growing some this year because I can’t do without them 🙂 We actually got the seeds from Bakers!

    7. Thank you, Jessie…I love this recipe, so simple and straight-forward! I’ve been making this pie (or some variation of it) since I found it a few years ago. The nutmeg with the ground cherries is a surprising flavor explosion! We have been blessed and bombarded with an abundance of ground cherries (husk cherries) growing in our back yard…in the garden (among the vegetable plants), throughout the flower beds, beneath the swing, and in random LARGE patches throughout our yard. They seem so happy here, and I’m very happy to have them! They re-seed themselves every year, and I’ve even frozen some to use during the winter. We’ve enjoyed pies, scones, cobblers, salsa (with cilantro, avocado & tomatoes), and have also added them to yogurt for breakfast. Thanks for your yummy recipe!

    8. I’m so glad you like the recipe, Tina! Ground cherries are delicious, and that’s amazing that you grow them in such abundance! Enjoy! 🙂

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