Ground Cherry Pie

Ground cherries, also known as husk tomatoes, produce tiny tomato-like fruits in papery husks on low, lanky bushes. This is an old Mennonite recipe with a crumb topping.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups pitted ground cherries
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash ground cherries and place in unbaked pie shell.
  3. Mix brown sugar and 1 tablespoon flour and sprinkle over cherries. Sprinkle water over top.
  4. Mix together the 3 tablespoons flour and 3 tablespoons sugar. Cut butter in until crumbly. Top cherry mixture with crumbs.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F and continue to bake for 25 minutes.

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