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Baked American Plum Pie Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
- 4-5 tablespoons ice water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups sliced American plums (about 2 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon coarse sugar

Special equipment needed:
- 9-inch pie dish
- rolling pin
- pastry brush

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
2. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together in a ball.
3. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
5. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
6. Add the sliced plums to the bowl and toss to coat.
7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a 12-inch circle.
8. Transfer the dough to the pie dish and trim the edges.
9. Pour the plum mixture into the pie crust and dot with small pieces of butter.
10. Brush the edges of the crust with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
11. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
12. Allow the pie to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Time:
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 45-50 minutes
Temperature:
375°F
Serving size:
8 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 318
Total Fat: 14g
Saturated Fat: 8g
Cholesterol: 58mg
Sodium: 156mg
Total Carbohydrate: 47g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 28g
Protein: 3g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- American plums can be substituted with other varieties of plums or even peaches.
- All-purpose flour can be substituted with gluten-free flour for a gluten-free version of the recipe.

Variations:
- Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the plum mixture for a tangy twist.
- Top the pie with a streusel topping made with flour, brown sugar, and butter for added texture and flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the butter is chilled and cubed before adding it to the flour mixture to ensure a flaky crust.
- Use a sharp knife to slice the plums evenly for a more uniform filling.
- Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing to prevent the filling from spilling out.

Storage instructions:
Store the pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat individual slices in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the pie warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Garnishes:
Garnish with fresh mint leaves or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Pairings:
Pair with a cup of hot coffee or tea for a cozy dessert.

Suggested side dishes:
Serve with a side of whipped cream or a fruit salad.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the crust is browning too quickly, cover the edges with foil to prevent burning.
- If the filling is too runny, add an extra tablespoon of cornstarch to the mixture.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to wash the plums thoroughly before slicing to remove any dirt or debris.

Food history:
Plum pie has been a popular dessert in America since colonial times. The American plum, also known as the wild plum, is a native fruit that grows in the eastern United States.

Flavor profiles:
This pie has a sweet and tangy filling with a buttery and flaky crust.

Serving suggestions:
Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Region: American

Taste: Sweet, Tart, Fruity, Buttery, Flaky