Nopalito Pie (Cactus Pie)

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 8
    fresh cactus pieces, paddles with thorns and eyes removed and tough edges sliced off,diced
  • 1
    pastry for double-crust pie, 9 inch (either your favorite recipe OR frozen premade pie crusts)
  • 1
    cup sugar
  • 3
    tablespoons flour
  • 34
    teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1
    tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1
    slice Fruit of prickly pear cactus (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Parboil cactus for 3 minutes in enough boiling, lightly salted water to cover in a covered saucepan.
  • Drain and rinse under running water.
  • Roll half of pastry to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  • Place in a 9-inch pie plate; trim off excess pastry along edges and set to the side.
  • Combine cactus dice (nopalitos) and next three ingredients; mix well by hand.
  • Spoon filling evenly into pastry shell, and dot with butter.
  • Roll remaining pastry to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1/2-inch strips and arrange into lattice; fold edges under and flute into a pretty edge.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • Garnish with slice of prickly pear fruit, if desired.
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