Introduction: French Sugar Dumpling Pie - Extreme Sweet

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This rustic French-inspired dessert promises to indulge the absolute sweetest of teeth.

Sweet grand-père dumplings are tucked into a traditional Quebec Sugar Pie for a decadent, dulcet and divine duet of flavors.  Drizzle each warm slice with luscious sour cream (or sugar) sauce and a sprinkling of almonds as garnish. 

This pie is sinfully sweet, so keep the slices small.  Serve with a glass of ice-cold milk or a steaming cup of coffee for the perfect ending to any meal.

Very special Thanks to thorswolf who published their personal recipe for Old-Time Quebec Sugar Pie back in July 2011. Their pie recipe, along with member comments, are what inspired me to create this unique version. ;-)

Step 1: Make the Sugar Pie Filling

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Ingredients:   
  • 1- 9" Unbaked Homemade Pie Crust- Your favorite!
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1- 12 oz can evaporated milk- UNsweetened
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Tools: 
  • Sauce pan (preferably a Skillet) with a fitted lid
  • Measuring cup and spoons
Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Combine flour and sugar in the pan.  Mix well (you may use your fingers ;-) until combined.

Stir in the milk, butter, salt and vanilla.

Set aside while you prepare the sugar dumplings.

Step 2: Sweet Dumplings:

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Ingredients:  
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cold butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Tools:
  • Medium Bowl
  • Measure cup and spoons
  • Spoon to stir 
Preparation:

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Using a fork (or your fingertips), cut the butter into the flour mixture until there are no lumps. The texture should resemble bread crumbs. 

Combine the milk and vanilla in a cup. Stir.  

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the milk/vanilla all at once. Stir just until all of the dry mixture is absorbed.

Step 3: Cook the Sugar Pie Filling:

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Place the pan* with Sugar Pie filling on your stove top.

Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a full boil. 

Boil for 2 minutes (keep stirring), then reduce heat to super-low. ;-) 

Drop large heaping teaspoons of sugar dumpling batter into the simmering sugar filling. You'll use about 10- 12 spoonfuls and probably have batter left over.

Now, cover the pan with a fitted lid and simmer over very low heat for 5-7 minutes. 

(*This is where I think a skillet would be advantagious over a sauce pan. As you can see, the dumplings were slightly crowded.  I'm sure this didn't make any difference in the overall flavor of the pie, but hindsight is 20/20 vision. The next time I make this pie, I'll use a skillet and shorten the simmer time. ;-)

Remove the pan from heat.--->

Step 4: Fill and Bake:

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Immediately ladle the hot, puffy dumplings into the unbaked crust and cover them with the remaining filling.

If your pie tin isn't too full, you can dollop some of the extra dumpling batter on top.  Let your conscience be your guide... and be sure to bake the pie on a cookie sheet. ;-)  If you opt not to top off the pie, the batter can be used to make a few cookies after your pie has baked.

Now, bake the pie for 5 minutes at 400 degrees then reduce the heat to 350 and continue to bake for 30-45 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the filling has a nice crackled coating.

Check the pie often. If neccessary, use foil to protect the crust from being scorched. 

Remove the finished pie from the oven to a baking rack and allow to cool for at least 2 hours. You'll want to serve it warm, but not hot.

 While the pie is baking, prepare the Sour Cream Dessert Sauce.

Step 5: Garnish: Sour Cream Sauce and Sliced Almonds

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While the pie is baking, make the sour cream dessert sauce. 

Ingredients: 
  • Sour Cream
  • Cream, half-n-half or milk
  • Powdered Sugar (Optional)
The amount of sauce to prepare is completely discretionary.  

Instead of hard measuring, it's easier to make this sauce with "consistancy" as your primary guide.

Begin with 3 parts sour cream to 1 part cream, milk, etc.

Dollop the sour cream into a bowl and slowly add/stir the milk in. Once combined, stir briskly until the desired texture is reached.  Add powdered sugar to taste. 

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving time. 



Step 6: Serving Suggestions:

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This scrumptious pie yields 8-10 servings.

It tastes best served warm , generously drizzled in Sour Cream Sauce and garnished with sliced almonds.


Thanks for stopping by and above all else... Enjoy!!

Comments

mprelle (author)2012-04-14

Voting...sigh...not eating...sigh..looks droolingly deluschious...mwhahs..

canucksgirl (author)2012-03-28

15 times it took to reload this page so I could rate it.... but I had to since you published on my b-day. ;)

bajablue (author)canucksgirl2012-03-28

oh! Happy Belated Birthday to you!!! ;-)

canucksgirl (author)bajablue2012-03-28

Thanks. ;)

bajablue (author)canucksgirl2012-03-28

lol.. you are a DETERMINED gal!

UNreal... I just got an email saying this entry was REJECTED from the Extreme Challenge... but maybe that was just for one of the double entries. lol... the other clone is still there. ;-D

canucksgirl (author)bajablue2012-03-28

See... you shouldn't have asked the question... lol. (You could have got double the votes). ;P

bajablue (author)canucksgirl2012-03-28

DANG IT! ;-O)

Karen Watkins (author)2012-03-07

I think every thing you make looks very yummy. all my friends agree with me.you bajablue are very very talented.Maybe start a cooking show?you will be successful in what ever you do. with respect your followers.

bajablue (author)Karen Watkins2012-03-25

What a nice thing to say, Karen! Thank you so much!!!

mistyp (author)2012-03-13

This looks absolutely decadent. Thank you very much for sharing, and good luck on the contest!

Wow,looks amazing!

Thanks Jax... I'll trade you for some Molten Chocolate cake! ;-P~

Yes! Definitely! :D

ehudwill (author)2012-03-04

I cannot stop salivating. That looks great!

bajablue (author)ehudwill2012-03-04

Aw... thanks!!!

May I suggest a stylish Garment Protection Necklace? ;-D

ehudwill (author)bajablue2012-03-04

lol

thorswolf (author)2012-02-28

Oh wow! That looks decadent!!
Thanks for the plug... and I STILL own you my grand-peres recipe... must get to work. :-)

bajablue (author)thorswolf2012-02-29

Ohhhh thorswolf... it WAS! Thank YOU for the inspiration! ;-)

sunshiine (author)2012-02-29

This looks sooooooooooooooo yummy!

bajablue (author)sunshiine2012-02-29

Thank you Sunshiine!

susanrm (author)2012-02-29

This brings back fond memories. Thanks for posting - looks absolutely delish!

bajablue (author)susanrm2012-02-29

Thank you Susan! ;-)

canucksgirl (author)2012-02-27

oooh. It looks sweet. ;)

bajablue (author)canucksgirl2012-02-27

ooooh... it IS! It reminds me a little of Pecan Pie. lol... I cheated on Atkins big-time yesterday. ;-P~

You, my Canadian friend, shouldn't be a stranger to Sugar Pie... but are you?

canucksgirl (author)bajablue2012-02-27

I've heard of it, but I've never had it. I think its more popular in the east?

(Clearly not an Atkins friendly dessert. ;P)

bajablue (author)canucksgirl2012-02-27

lol, I'm geographically-challenged.

If Quebec is East of you, the answer is "yes". ;-D

canucksgirl (author)bajablue2012-02-27

LOL... yes.

If I was California, Quebec would be Florida. ;P
I'm on the west coast. (aka, the best coast).

bajablue (author)canucksgirl2012-02-27

;-D I'm on the best coast, too! ;-D

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