Fruit pies are the best desserts to make for your family as such pies are easy to consume after a heavy meal and add colour to the food spread on your dining table.
As with all great dessert recipes for pies, you must be patient when you prepare the pie crust. Minimise handling with your palms to avoid a heavy crust.
This Juicy Mango Pie recipe calls for fleshy mango, so buy those huge meaty mangoes which are bound to be juicy and sweet. Not too sweet though or your filling will stench when cooked. Add brandy or Amaretto Liqueur to enhance the flavour of the mango filling.
Ingredients For Crust (9” Pie Crust):
- 1 1/3 cups All–Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp Castor Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 to 3 tbsp Chilled Water
- 150 g Cold Butter; cut into small pieces
Ingredients for Filling:
- 600 g Sweet Mango Flesh; not over–ripe
- 1 1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1/3 cup Fine Sugar
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 tbsp Corn Starch
- 1 tbsp Brandy or Amaretto Liqueur
To Prepare Crust:
Sift together flour, castor sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut cold butter into flour mixture until resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle iced water onto flour mixture and mix with fingertips into a dough. Wrap with clingwrap and chill until dough is firm enough to be rolled.
Lightly flour your worktop and rolling pin. Roll into a circle wide enough to line your greased pie dish.Trim away the extra edges and press the rim with a fork. Prick the base of the dough with the fork.
Bake pie crust at 180°C for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. If you see air bubbles forming at the base, prick the base with a fork a few times during initial 5 to 10 minutes of baking. Allow to cool before storing in the fridge.
To Prepare Filling:
Cut out 4 slices of mangoes lengthwise and about 1/4” thick. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 tsp of lemon juice and leave aside.
Mash remaining mango flesh into puree and cook over low heat with sugar, remaining lemon and water. Cook until sugar has dissolved. Then add in corn starch and continue cooking until puree becomes thick. keep stirring. Let cool.
Stir in brandy or Amaretto Liqueur.
Arrange mango slices in the baked pastry crust as desired. Pour puree over these mango slices, ensuring fully covered. Chill well for about 3 hours.
Most delicious when served with whipped cream. You may garnish the pie as you wish.