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Star Fruit (Carambola) Pie

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Here is the recipe I am trying tomorrow morning for a Star Fruit Pie. I’ve got so much sweet, ripe star fruit on the tree out in the back yard, that I am stepping up my efforts to use them all in creative and tasty ways.

1 quart sliced ripe Star Fruit (carambolas)
1 cup sugar
¼ cup quick cooking tapioca
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
Nutmeg to taste
Pastry for 2 pie crusts

Prepare carambolas by paring off the edges of the ridges. Remove seeds and slice fruit in ½-inch slices. Combine tapioca and sugar and lightly mix with sliced fruit*.

Line a 9-inch pie pan with pastry. Spread prepared fruit over pastry. Dot with small pieces of butter and sprinkle with nutmeg. Roll the top pastry large enough to make a seal. Cut slits to allow for the steam to escape.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 425°F about 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown.

*Add ¼ cup of lime juice if carambolas are very sweet.

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