Concord Grape Meringue Pie

October 29, 2020
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  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Makes one 9-inch pie
Author Notes

My favorite fruit pie—yes, I said it—is Concord grape. I’d eaten 18-ish years worth of pies before I ever even tried one, and its tart flavor blew me away. It’s a fruit that’s meant to be pie—tart and juicy and everything I love in a fruit filling. Top it with meringue and you’ve got a pie that will rival whatever your favorite is, for sure. Since Concords have a short season, I often freeze the grapes after steps 1 and 2 to save for future pies.

Excerpted from THE BOOK ON PIE © 2020 by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Erin Jeanne McDowell

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Concord Grape Meringue Pie
  • Concord Grape Pie
  • 2 1/2 pounds (about 8 cups) Concord grapes (1,130 g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (28 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (2 g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 g)
  • 1 par-baked pie crust, cooled completely
  • Meringue Topping
  • 4 large egg whites (140 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (2 g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  1. Squeeze the pulp from the grapes into a medium pot, releasing the centers from the skins. Reserve the skins in another bowl.
  2. Bring the pulp to a simmer over medium heat and simmer until the grapes have broken down and released their juices, about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture into the bowl with the skins, pressing firmly to extract all of the juice, and discard the seeds that remain in the strainer.
  3. Pulse the mixture to coarsely purée with an immersion blender (or you can do this with a food processor). Let this mixture cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, and salt to combine. Sprinkle this mixture over the cooled grape mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Heat the oven to 425°F with the rack in the lower third of the oven (preferably with a baking steel or stone on it). Place the cooled par-baked pie crust on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Transfer the filling to the prepared crust. Transfer the pie to the oven (on top of the baking steel/stone, if using) and bake until the crust is deeply golden brown, 45 to 55 minutes; the filling should visibly be bubbling. If the crust is browning too much, you can tent the edges with foil. Let cool completely.
  7. Shortly before you’re ready to serve the pie, make the meringue. Bring a medium pot with about 2 inches of water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place a medium bowl on top of the pot and in it whisk the egg whites, cream of tartar, sugar, and salt to combine.
  8. Continue to heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture reaches 160°F on a thermometer. You can use an electric hand mixer to whisk it while it’s heating (faster) or you can transfer the heated mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment.
  9. Whip the mixture on medium-high speed until it reaches medium peaks, 4 to 5 minutes.
  10. Pile the meringue on top of the cooled pie. Spread the meringue to the edges, but keep it piled a bit higher in the middle. If desired, toast the meringue with a kitchen torch.

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    Erin Jeanne McDowell
I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, Savory Baking, came out in Fall of 2022 - is full of recipes to translate a love of baking into recipes for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between!

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rebecca_ross November 24, 2020
What do you do with the reserved grape skins?
Erin J. November 24, 2020
You strain the cooked juice back over the skins, as specified in step 2!