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When Life Gives You Mangoes 
Aug. 16, 2011 12:26 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2012 8:24 pm

Aloha from Maui Allrecipeeps! I have been working hard, so this has been a very busy and productive trip. Fortunately, I have also been able to spend most of my evenings with my island ohana. Unfortunately, as an Allrecipes Brand Ambassador, I have fallen behind on my August assignments. I decided I better get busy on my blog assignment and share some of my island experiences with all of you.

Recently, after a hard day of work, I came back to the condo to find a bag of beautiful and ripe mangoes on my porch lined up right next to our slippas ( known as flip flops to most mainlanders) What a great treat after a hard day of work. As a resident of a very large city, I had almost forgotten the joy of a neighbor sharing the bounty of their garden. I scooped the bag up quickly and like any good Allrecipeep, I headed for my laptop and started perusing recipes.

Mangoes are my favorite tropical fruit and I have prepared them in many ways. Mango margaritas, mango bread and mango curries and salsas are just a few of my favorite uses for these sweet gems. As I perused mango recipes, I could not find any recipe that spoke to me. I needed to do something new with this lushious fruit. As I prepared dinner, it finally hit me. I decided to try mangoes in a baked pie.....kind of like a peach pie.

The next morning, I started cutting and peeling mangoes. I must admit some hesitation at sacrificing these babies for an untried recipe, but I soldiered on. I prepared crust for a typical two crust pie and then made the filling, using the same technique I would use for an apple or peach pie. I have to say the results were delicious. It certainly looked like a peach pie, though it had a brighter color and flavor than one made with peaches. I did use cornstarch instead of flour to make a clear and thick filling. Happily, the pie was a real hit. I can hardly wait to get some more mangoes so I can make it again. In the meantime, I thought I should share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy it.

Mauigirl's Mango Pie

4 cups fresh mango slices

2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice (I used lime)

½ cup sugar

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pastry for a 9-inch 2 crust pie

1 Tablespoon butter

Line a pie pan with half the pastry. Put the mangoes, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix them gently. Pour the filling into the lined pan and dot the filling with butter. Cover pie with top crust and seal the edges of the pie crust. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice is bubbly.


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Aug. 16, 2011 12:35 pm
That looks so good! I wish mangoes weren't so expensive here because I'd definately give that a whirl with a coconut crust...YUM! Thanks for a new recipe and some new ideas, Jules!! Aloha!
Aug. 16, 2011 12:41 pm
Thanks Witchywoman. Isn't Peach pie one of Ralph's fav pies???
Aug. 16, 2011 12:46 pm
Apricot...LOL! That's funny that you thought of that!
Aug. 16, 2011 1:06 pm
Great blog and boy does that look devine!
Aug. 16, 2011 1:26 pm
WHile adding the sweepstakes, the blog went wacky?????
Aug. 16, 2011 1:55 pm
Num Nums, mauigirl! What nice neighbors you have - random acts of kindness! I have no claim to fame as a baker, however, I really would like to learn how to make a pretty pie shell. We can't eat a lot of sweets but enjoy quiche. Any hints, Julie? (OT - haven't vacationed this summer other than Bullhead over the 4th of July. How I'd love to be with you in Maui!)
Aug. 16, 2011 2:03 pm
Oh Cathy, I would love to have you here. You add the sparkle to any party!
Aug. 16, 2011 2:15 pm
Thank you, my friend! And you are the partymeister!
Aug. 16, 2011 3:11 pm
Maui, this is a very timely blog. My youngest son wanted dehydrated mangos when we went shopping yesterday, could not find any. But I did find a case of mangos, 9 of the beauties for 7.00 so I scooped them up. I am going to dehydrate some and perhaps a pie would be in order as well.
Aug. 16, 2011 3:25 pm
RNG I was just commenting on your blog:) I highly rec.this pie. We loved it!
Aug. 16, 2011 3:27 pm
Aloha Maui Girl!! Pie looks delish!! will have to give that one a try soon! Hugs to ya!
Aug. 16, 2011 3:42 pm
Noemi.....wish you were here!!!! XO
Aug. 16, 2011 3:45 pm
When are you coming home, mauigirl? It's almost time for school to start! Your pictures make mangoes look so yummy!
Aug. 16, 2011 5:18 pm
Marianne...Mangoes are yummy. I LOVE them. We are shooting for a Thursday night red eye to LAX and on to Las Vegas. XO
Aug. 16, 2011 5:33 pm
My wife makes a killer peach pie. I'm going to humble myself and ask her (beg if I must)to make your recipe. Thank you mauigirl!
Aug. 16, 2011 6:12 pm
Mike.....Were your ears burning today? Your tuna casserole blog was the subject of the AR Allstar chat today. We LOVED it........ and you of course
Aug. 16, 2011 6:28 pm
AR Allstar Chat? I'm not aware of it. I'll go looking.
Aug. 16, 2011 6:51 pm
Nope! Must be needing new glasses.
Aug. 17, 2011 2:53 am
Hi - it's me! Your eMail worked. xxxx. I just love your mangoes!
Aug. 17, 2011 10:58 am
I told babyxray that you posted a recipe for a mango pie, and her response was, "I want!" (= OH, btw, I don't think I ever told you that she DID make your mango salsa for the K-Dub's shower at Marianne's. Yummy! She received many compliments. (We very nearly didn't get to share it! Danged car!)
Aug. 17, 2011 10:58 am
(Thank you for sharing both recipes!)
Aug. 17, 2011 11:01 am
I have just started eating fresh mangoes, btw, and not to sound like a tropical fruit dweeb - but when you eat a mango, do you peel it? The first one I ate the fruit off the peel - the second one I ate about a third of the peel . . . Just wondering . . .
Aug. 17, 2011 12:12 pm
I want that Mango Pie and I want it NOW. I am sure that it is DIE-t friendly in every which way I can justify it. Save me slice, I am jumping on the next plane out.
Aug. 17, 2011 12:28 pm
Aloha Swiss Phil, That sounds like a proposition LOL!!!! We made friends with a young man from Switzerland while we are on island. He says we must come to Switzerland to see him and YOU. Warmest aloha to you and Diana XO
Aug. 17, 2011 12:31 pm
Aloha xraybarb, I have never eaten the peel ????? It just seems sort of tough but the next time I have one, I will give it a whirl. I have an over ripe one that I put in the freezer for a margarita. YUMMY! Hope to fly out tomorrow night on a red eye. See you on the other side of the puddle. XO
Aug. 17, 2011 12:36 pm
Aloha Doug, Come on over. We can alway use a good cook or handyman while we are here. You lucked out though, cuz we are done with our jobs. We are winding down our month here and I am reluctantly flying back to the mainland tomorrow night. Mike goes back to work next week and I know I have a major house cleaning when I get back. For now I will soak up the ocean view and celebrate our last night with a sunset dinner at Topangos. Love my Maui....(sigh) Warmest aloha to you and your precious family.
Aug. 17, 2011 12:51 pm
Well well look at You Missy! LOL Love it! My Tina is a Lover O the kango as well but she is NOT a fan of fruit- hot or cold, with pastry. No pie,buckle, etc. Her Dad is pretty much the same way. I just think you might have a winner with this pie tho. Truly uniquie. You should enter a contest, bet you win! Great blog and Greater pics:) Can't wait to see what else the neighbors leave on your door step! Haha. Take care MG. Thanks for the show and tell.
Aug. 17, 2011 1:02 pm
I have never even had a peach pie but I love mangoes!! Beautiful pics............someday......!
Aug. 17, 2011 1:43 pm
Ok, I have had peach pie using peaches from my own peach tree if your mango pie was anything like that warm slice of heaven....excuse me, had to wipe up the drool...YUM!!!!! And I'm not much of a pie fan either!
Aug. 17, 2011 3:39 pm
So this morning, I ate the entire mango - skin on. It is a little tough, but edible . . . Figure it's good for some insoluble fiber (=
Aug. 17, 2011 3:39 pm
[My kids think I am completely fixated on fiber (=]
Aug. 17, 2011 5:58 pm
xraybarb....it's the age thing.....fiber LOL
Aug. 17, 2011 6:59 pm
Aug. 17, 2011 7:48 pm
Great blog mauigirl. I'm with xraybarb, however. What the heck to do with the darn things. And they're a b**** to cut/clean off the seed. Any tricks?
Aug. 17, 2011 7:49 pm
Cathill....Mango pie has a "brighter" flavor than peach. Very similar though and I like that It didn't take much sugar to sweeten. Aloha dahhhhling!
Aug. 17, 2011 8:04 pm
Just call me Cat :)(: and is AR just trying to drive me nutts! I' ve been bounced off several times while trying to post!?
Aug. 17, 2011 8:07 pm
It posted yeah! Is it mangos or mangoes? Well either way I won't get fresh picked ones here in landlocked MO :) Got to work with what grows in the backyard somedays lolol
Aug. 17, 2011 8:08 pm
Yeah it worked again!!! Have you ever heard of grape pie? Or made it?
Aug. 17, 2011 8:09 pm
Magnolia Blossom....They are really simple unless they are over ripe. There is a video tutorial on AR. I love mango cutters too. They make it really simple. Aloha MB XO
Aug. 17, 2011 8:13 pm
Trishie....Come on over. The air is balmy and the water is turquoise. Aloha
Aug. 17, 2011 8:20 pm
Patty Cakes, Miss Tina is missing a real treat if she doesn't like fruit pies. They are my favorite dessert...after chocolate of course. Leaving tomorrow night for the mainland. Aloha XO
Aug. 17, 2011 8:26 pm
Cat... I think? it is Mangoes for plural and mango for singular??????
Aug. 18, 2011 4:03 am
Peanut butter pie is my fave - and so easy, just instant vanilla pudding (please don't hate me!), milk and peanut butter - topped with hot fudge sauce and whipped cream! Oh, YUM!
Aug. 18, 2011 4:07 am
Cat, I've had all sorts of issues staying logged on when posting lately - on my home computer, I'm fine at work . . . I normally use Safari - but when I am having issues, I switch to FireFox, and it seems to work better . . .
Aug. 18, 2011 4:09 am
Cat, here is Petey's reply to my question about being logged out continually, " petey Aug. 1, 2011 7:15 pm what browser are you using? I have to access certain websites with Opera and others with Firefox. That could be the only problem, that they changed something on site that causes a glitch with your current browser. You can download a different one for free and try it."
Aug. 18, 2011 4:12 am
(Btw, sorry for the hijack, Julie!)
Aug. 18, 2011 6:36 am
I made a concord grape pie many years ago (like the 1970's). I must have left the skins on because it was a deep beautiful color. As I remember, the hardest part was getting out the seeds! I remember the flavor was great, too.
Aug. 18, 2011 6:39 am
Mangos or mangoes? Both are correct spellings.
Aug. 18, 2011 6:49 am
xraybarb, I'm finding when updates etc. are installing that's when I have trouble typing more than 5 words. Anywhere, LOL!
Aug. 18, 2011 6:54 am
Thanks too lazy to look for the dictionary. The reason I asked about the grape pie-the Deen brothers had one on their roadtrip show and the seeds were left in. Blech! tried that, then decided to deseed the grapes my vines keep churning out and decided I wasn't that much of a fan of grapes either. Tropical fruits I wish I could grow here!
Aug. 18, 2011 12:31 pm
My mom learned to make gooseberry pie for a bf many years ago. They kind of look like grapes (= [I'm with you - blech to seeds!]
Aug. 18, 2011 12:33 pm
And those grape vines can be viscious! My dad planted some in the backyard, probably close to 40 years ago - and Mom has never been able to completely get rid of it - it grew up a huge pine tree and into the telephone wires. It's the gift that just keeps on giving!
Aug. 18, 2011 1:09 pm
LOL! I figured out what the problem is my security system is running a scan and having issues! Don't get me started about the grape vines! Had the one from my grandfather's which was perfect and then the DH wanted more to make wine with. Nope! No wine yet! 11 years later
Aug. 18, 2011 4:37 pm
I can give you some whine if you really want (=
Aug. 18, 2011 4:40 pm
Well I discovered the mango slicer last summer. It is a great kitchen tool. Much easier to get slices or chunks.
Aug. 18, 2011 5:52 pm
Thanks you for the pie recipe. You have bolstered my courage - I've been contemplating a mango cobbler and as soon as the 5 mangoes sitting on my counter ripen I will be trying it. BTW your pictures are beautiful.
Aug. 19, 2011 1:03 am
Maureen, I don't have a slicer yet. A new tool when I get back to the mainland. Thanks for the tip.
Aug. 19, 2011 1:06 am
Big Shots Mom, I will have to try a cobbler next. That would be delicious. I will have some extra time to make one while I am here. We fly standby and we went to the airport tonight for a red eye and no chance of getting out. Stuck here for another week I think. Thank god we have a place to stay. Aloha :)
Aug. 19, 2011 9:55 am
Aug. 19, 2011 11:11 am
MG, Your plane should have touched down by now, WELCOME HOME!! I think you are Absolutely correct, I love fruit pies too!
Aug. 19, 2011 2:05 pm
Patty Cakes.....still on Maui.
Aug. 19, 2011 2:06 pm
Lissa Thanks!
Aug. 19, 2011 2:32 pm
It's freezing in my office... you have no idea how nice that last picture looks. Back in Alaska nobody had air conditioning and you just dressed for the weather, whatever it was. Down south you've gotta like pack a sweater in 70 degree weather because the office is a winter wonderland. Pish posh.
Aug. 19, 2011 8:20 pm
xraybarb bring on the whine! LOL! I so wish you were closer so you could come to the next roundup that will be here. Sorry mauigirl for talking thru your blog. How do you, being a tropical kind of girl, feel about grapes?
Aug. 19, 2011 8:58 pm
Me, too, Cat!
Aug. 20, 2011 12:43 pm
saraithegeek.....I have to admit to keeping my AC cranked up when I am in Vegas. Here...not so much. I like to open up the doors and windows to catch the tradewinds. BTW power is so HIGH here that I cringe to think about running the AC :(
Aug. 20, 2011 12:44 pm
Cat....LOVE grapes....especially when they are out of a bottle LOL!
Aug. 21, 2011 3:56 am
WOW, I know this is unrelated to the post but you could have sold those signed Julia child books on eBay or something for some BIG MONEY!! I'd regret that too. Anyway I've never heard of mango pie, Might have to try it someday.
Aug. 21, 2011 11:39 am
Jen914....Obviously, I must have had more money than brains at the time Now I have neither LOL!
Aug. 21, 2011 7:50 pm
Well, you could swing by KCI and then come up and stomp your own vino! The DH planted wine grapes. Uh, no I planted them after he said "we" should make wine from our own grapes. Ahhh, I have learned when he says "we", "let's" and "why don't we" it is my cue to stop listening :)(:
Original Cyn 
Aug. 23, 2011 9:55 pm
Looks way too fabulous to pass up! I'm definitely going to try this one. Mangos are fairly reasonable here in California. Can't wait to see if I can make this pie look even half as good as your pic!
Aug. 24, 2011 2:41 am
Original Cyn.....It really was tast and it required so little sugar to sweeten it which is a big plus.
Aug. 24, 2011 1:14 pm
Yesterday I made a peach pie (everything from scratch) and now after reading your blog.....I'm trying a mango pie. I love mangoes and have been making mango smoothies. Equal parts mango, fresh pineapple, vanilla yogurt and apple juice. I used the Ninja to mix this. Refreshing and yummy!
Sharron Miner 
Aug. 25, 2011 4:03 am
I live in Venezuela and make lots of mango recipes..Mango upside down cake, mango bars,mango chutney, green mango pie, chunks in a tossed salad are excellent.
Aug. 25, 2011 10:28 am
maui girl: i'm so thankful for your recipe since my husband has been asking me for ages to make him some mango cake or pie. i've always told him that it's a tropical fruit not good for baking but now i will be able to please him. yesterday i made a peach pie to die for.
Aug. 25, 2011 11:00 am
sharron miner: share some of them i am really interested.
Patti Patchwork 
Aug. 26, 2011 1:26 pm
Wow, thankfully I live in Hilo and can get ripe mangoes in season. My husband and I love them too. Have you ever made a cold mangoe pie sort of like a strawberry pie? If so can you share recipe?
Aug. 27, 2011 11:27 am
minez....will def give your smoothie a try .....Thanks!
Aug. 27, 2011 11:28 am
Sharon Miner.....I have used mango in so many things I have lost count. I was so pleased with this latest "experiment".
Aug. 27, 2011 11:37 am
tere......I don't have a refrigerated style mango pie recipe, but this web site has lots of great ideas......http://www.mango.org/en/mango-recipes.aspx
Aug. 27, 2011 11:39 am
Patti Patchwork.....Oops...I gave tere the advice meant for you. Here it is again...http://www.mango.org/en/mango-recipes.aspx Sounds like you have a steady supply of these gems:) Crops are funny on Maui. Had years where there were none and years when there were tons.
Hella from Moorea 
Aug. 29, 2011 12:04 am
Hello - here in Tahiti we have lots of different kinds of mangoes-have made some great mango salsa and as soon as the mangoes are ready from our trees, I'll try that mango pie - sounds heavenly; Hella
Aug. 29, 2011 8:16 am
Hella from Moorea, I so want to visit Tahiti. Definitely on my travel list. Let me know what you think of this pie. I will make it again this week.....though I am back on da mainland.
Hella from Moorea 
Aug. 29, 2011 10:57 pm
Whenever you get around to a visit, be sure to let me know and I'll be happy to show you around - I live on the island of Moorea, just half an hour by ferry from Tahiti - some people compare Moorea a bit to Kauai - touristy but not too much. Hella
Aug. 30, 2011 7:55 am
Hella from Moorea, My MIL and her husband spent 6 weeks on Moorea every year for many years. They were married there in a "traditional"/tourist wedding. We still tease them about the pictures :) My email is julie@mccuiston.net. Send me a quick note so I don't lose track of you ' )
Dec. 14, 2011 4:07 am
Mauigirl-Just thought I would ask-not related to the above blogging-are you thinking of coming to Denver in Feb.? I am still working on it-it's my husband's b-day that weekend. So I will have to wait and see. Love to meet the famous pie maker!
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