Mango pie is a delicious dessert made with mangoes as the main ingredient. It typically consists of a pie crust filled with a creamy mango filling and topped with additional mango slices or whipped cream.
To make a mango pie, you would start by preparing the pie crust. This can be done by combining flour, butter, sugar, and salt until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Then, add cold water gradually and mix until the dough comes together. Roll out the dough and place it into a pie dish, trimming off any excess.
For the mango filling, you would need ripe mangoes. Peel and dice the mangoes, and puree a portion of the diced mangoes in a blender or food processor until smooth. In a bowl, combine the pureed mangoes with the remaining diced mangoes, along with sugar, cornstarch (or another thickening agent), lemon juice (to enhance the flavor and prevent browning), and any additional spices or flavorings you desire.
Mango pie is a delightful treat, especially during the summer months when mangoes are in season and at their peak flavor. It’s a refreshing and fruity dessert that showcases the natural sweetness and tropical taste of mangoes.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
- 6 tablespoons ice water
- 4 to 5 large ripe mangoes, peeled and diced
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavorings
- Optional: Sliced mangoes or whipped cream for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the chilled butter cubes and use a pastry cutter or your hands to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork after each addition. Continue adding water until the dough comes together and can be formed into a ball.
- Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and roll it out into a circle large enough to fit your pie dish. Carefully transfer the dough to the pie dish, pressing it gently into the bottom and sides. Trim off any excess dough hanging over the edges.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the diced mangoes, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and any optional flavorings. Stir until the mangoes are coated evenly.
- Pour the mango filling into the prepared pie crust and spread it out evenly.
- Optional: You can arrange additional sliced mangoes on top of the filling or create a lattice pattern with strips of dough.
- Place the pie dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
- Remove the mango pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving to allow the filling to set.
- Serve the mango pie at room temperature or chilled. Garnish with whipped cream or additional mango slices if desired
- Make sure to select ripe and sweet mangoes for the best flavor. Look for mangoes that are fragrant and slightly soft to the touch.
- To prevent a soggy bottom crust, you can pre-bake the pie crust for a few minutes before adding the mango filling. This will help it stay crisp.
- Instead of covering the entire pie with a solid crust, you can create a lattice pattern with strips of dough. This adds a decorative touch and allows the vibrant mango filling to peek through.
- After baking, allow the pie to cool completely and then refrigerate it for a few hours before serving. This will help the filling set and make for easier slicing.
- Coconut Mango Pie: Add shredded coconut to the mango filling for a tropical twist. You can also sprinkle some toasted coconut on top for added texture and flavor.
- Mango Cream Pie: Make a creamy mango pie by incorporating whipped cream or cream cheese into the mango filling. This will create a luscious and smooth texture.
- Spiced Mango Pie: Add warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom to the mango filling for a flavorful kick. These spices complement the sweetness of the mangoes and add depth to the pie.
- Mango Raspberry Pie: Enhance the sweetness of the mangoes by pairing them with tart raspberries. You can mix the raspberries with the diced mangoes or create layers of mango and raspberry in the pie.
- Mini Mango Pies: Instead of making a large pie, you can make individual-sized mini mango pies using small tart pans or ramekins. This is a great option for serving at parties or gatherings.
1: How long does mango pie stay fresh?
A: Mango pie can be stored in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days. Make sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness.
2:Can I freeze mango pie?
A: Yes, you can freeze mango pie for longer storage. Wrap the pie tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw the pie in the refrigerator before serving.
3:Can I use a store-bought pie crust instead of making it from scratch?
A: Yes, you can use a store-bought pie crust if you prefer a quicker option. Follow the instructions on the package for pre-baking or filling the crust, as it may vary depending on the brand.
4:Can I use other fruits with mango in the pie?
A: Absolutely! Mango pairs well with various fruits. You can experiment with combinations like mango and pineapple, mango and strawberry, or mango and peach. Adjust the sugar and other ingredients accordingly to balance the flavors.
5:Can I use a graham cracker crust for mango pie?
A: Yes, you can use a graham cracker crust for a different flavor and texture. Simply prepare the graham cracker crust according to the recipe or package instructions, and then fill it with the mango pie filling.