Pineapple Kick! Pie

Yes, a new pie recipe – but first, I am here to tell you to drop everything you’re doing and start watching Kamen Rider Gaim. I hope to do this by telling you that it is carrying on the fine heroic tradition of the masked riders; that this latest installment appears to be taking on what it means to really grow up; and, most importantly, that it is fruit themed and you may expect to see glorious transformations such as Kamen Rider Gaim’s Pine Arms form:

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And it is in honor of this Rider form that I came up with last week’s baking project. It is a recipe that I have taken to calling Pineapple Kick Pie, named after Gaim’s finishing move – the Pine Kick.

It is an uncomplicated pie to put together; its few ingredients chosen to make sure nothing stands in the way of the pineapple flavor we want to celebrate. It has both the bright bite or the fruit and the oozy texture, sweet taste of its jam. And the “kick” comes from a little bit of cayenne pepper, which takes the place of the usual spices you might find in a fruit pie.

You will recognize our household favorite sour cream crust. She is her usual lovely, golden and flaky self.

For the crust:
2 cups/241g/8 1/2oz all purpose flour
1 cup/227g/8oz/16 tbsp cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup/113g/4oz cold sour cream
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the filling:
1 large pineapple, cored and sliced OR 2 cans sliced pineapple
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Make your dough. Cut your butter into large pea-sized pieces. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add butter. Work to make a coarse or crumbly mixture. Stir in the sour cream. Turn out onto a clean and floured work surface. Bring it together by quickly kneading. Make sure not to overwork. The butter chunks should still be very visible. Pat dough into a log shape. Roll into a rectangle. Fold it in three (like you would a letter). Flip the dough over, turn 90º and roll it again into a rectangle. Fold in three again. Wrap dough in plastic or keep in an air-tight container. Chill for at least 30 minutes before using. When ready to use, divide into two. Roll out half and place in a well-greased and floured 10 inch pie pan. Roll out other half to use as top cover.

Make your filling. Preheat oven to 400ºF/204ºC. Combine pineapple slices, sugar, vanilla extract and cayenne pepper in a roasting pan. Roast the for 20-25 minutes or until mixture bubbles and thickens and the pineapple slices have turned a darker gold color. Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour before filling your crust. The filling will be pretty spicy at first, but worry not, it will temper once cooked in the pie.

Assemble your pie. Preheat oven to 400ºF/204ºC. Fill your crust with the fruit filling. Cover and brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with a little more sugar and cayenne pepper on top. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is hot and bubbling.

Have a slice. With whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. And don’t forget to go watch Kamen Rider Gaim.

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Perhaps a pie in honor of Kamen Rider Baron (banana) or Kamen Rider Ryugen (grape) next time?

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