One of the best things about being a writer is that you get to meet a lot of neat people. Last year when I was signing books at the Natchitoches – NSU Folk Festival I met another writer, Jessica Thomas. It turned out her husband Beau is a fiddle player (a very, very good fiddle player) and subsequently won the contest there.
Jessica told me she was interested in using one of my books for her book club, The Six Therapy Book Club, in Abbeville, La. I have some great memories of Abbeville because I used to go visit my step-grandparents and other relatives there, so I was especially thrilled. Jessica also mentioned that Beau was involved with Cajun Power, makers of the Garlic Sauce that is so popular in Louisiana.
It turns out that the company also makes Sweet Treat, a phenomenal Cinnamon-Sugar-Vanilla sprinkle, and a lot of other products as well. I received a box of the Cajun Power goodies in the summer and managed to beat the kids away from it long enough for me to snag some of the products.
One of these was Huckleberry Fruit Treat, which Beau had mentioned to me.
I used part of a jar to make great PB&J sandwiches but wanted to try it in something else so I decided to make a Huckleberry Pie. I did and it turned out great.
The Treat is good straight out of the jar, but I decided to add just a few things since it was a pie. I'll do this like a recipe but as all my family know, I'm not terribly good about using measurements, so it isn't a real recipe but it's the way I cook. I also wanted to do something fast so I used pre-made pie crust, the kind that comes rolled up in a box.
Huckleberry Pie Recipe
Two premade pie crusts (for top and bottom of pie)
1-2 jars Huckleberry Fruit Treat Treat from Cajun Power
1/2 cup King Arthur Flour Co. Pie Filling Enhancer (you could use corn starch or tapioca flour instead)
Lemon Juice (to taste)
1 tbls butter
Large crystal decorating sugar
Sweet Treat cinnamon sugar from Cajun Power
First, take one of the pie crusts and place it into a glass pie pan. Poke several holes in the bottom, cover the inside with aluminum foil and fill the foil with rice. Bake the pie shell in an over preheated to 350 degrees for ten minutes.
While the bottom crust is baking, empty the jar(s) of Huckleberry Fruit Treat into a bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the pie filling enhancer. This thickens up the filling. However, be careful when using this as it contains sugar and if you aren't careful you will make the filling too sweet.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon to the berry mixture.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice, adjust to your taste.
Melt the tablespoon of butter
Remove the bottom pie shell from the oven and fill it with the berry mixture. Crank the over temperature up to 425 degrees.
Cover the berry mixture with the top pie shell.
Brush the melted butter over the top pie shell, then sprinkle with the large crystal decorating sugar.
Sprinkle the Sweet Treat over the top of the pie.
Bake the pie at 425 degrees for 5 minutes, then take the pie from the oven and cover the edges with aluminum foil.
Return the pie to the oven and cook until golden brown.
Serve topped with whipped cream.