Gaffer Gamgee’s Green Tomato Pie

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Made with the fruits that were saved from the first frost, it is a delightful dessert. A favorite treat enjoyed in Autumn by all Hobbits.

Preparation time: 20 min.
Cooking time: 1 hour + cooling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 6-8


½ cup golden raisins
1 ounce rum or brandy (may substitute for 1 teaspoon flavoring)

1-1/2 cups sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground clove
Pinch salt

3 cups green tomatoes (about 4 to 5 medium)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar

Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)

Egg white
Pinch of sugar


In a small bowl, combine the raisins and rum & set aside.
Slice (or dice if preferred) the green tomatoes, add the vinegar then set aside.
In another bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and salt.
Combine raisin mixture to tomatoes then sprinkle dry ingredients over tomato mixture and toss to coat evenly.
Line a pie plate with bottom crust. Add filling;
Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust or whatever you prefer. Trim, seal and flute edges.
Brush top with egg white and sprinkle with a little sugar to give your crust a shine.
Bake at 350° for about 1 hour or until tomatoes are tender and crust golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 6-8 servings.


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