Kumquat Pie

Cowboys & Kumquats

You may think these two have nothing in common, rightly so in judgment, but I'm here to tell you otherwise. You see, normally I spend Saturdays rounding up Mexican recipes to feature here and today is pretty much a Mexican night in our house. It's a ritual thing we do. Just like as a kid, I spent many Saturdays at the theater watching, what else, double matinées of cowboy movies. Yippie ky-yay! So, in a way, today is also a western kind of day and that leads me to kumquats.

Still no correlation, you say. Well, you see, over the last several months I have received several cookbooks forwarded from publishers all wanting approval, some words written up about the authors and maybe an extensive review. So far, all I have managed to do is look at the pictures. One cookbook that caught my attention as soon as I opened the package. Yep, it's about cowboy cooking. While the book is a fine tabletop addition with its beautiful photography of life from a cowboy's perspective, it also contains many fine recipes that I can't wait to try. Cooking the Cowboy Way, by Grady Spears focuses on different regions of the country, from ranches in Texas, Arizona, Missouri, even Canada and one down in Florida.

Now Grady knows a thing or two about cooking. Restaurants in Fort Worth and Granbury Texas, Beverly Hills California each have menus credited to this chef's knowledge of preparing western foods. Not to mention his own restaurant in Fort Worth, Grady's. In the coming months, I will explore deeper into the recipes and I will most definitely post about them. In the meantime, it's back to kumquats.

In Darby, a short inland drive from Tampa, are the coastal prairies of Florida. Lining the edges of pastures are, what else, citrus orchards. Bellamy Brothers Ranch goes back to 1870 and is home to the country music stars, Howard and David Bellamy. This section in the book contains many recipes I am familiar with like oysters, fish, steaks and citrus salads, even a delicious sounding ambrosia. It's the pie that caught my eye ... and without any more rambling - here it is. Enjoy!

 Sylvia's Kumquat Refrigerator Pie
recipe by Sylvia Young, who won first prize at the Kumquat Festival and from the book, Cooking the Cowboy Way, by Grady Spears

1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup heavy cream
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1/3 cup pureed kumquat rinds
    1 -14 oz can condensed milk
    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
    1 -8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir the sour cream and butter together in a bowl, then mix in the flour. (Don’t over mix or the texture will be tough.) Form a dough ball and refrigerate for just a few minutes. Lightly flour a work surface, and roll the dough into a medium thick crust. Place the piecrust dough in a 9-inch pie plate and prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes or until just golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool.

      With an electric mixer, beat the cream and sugar until the mixture is light, fluffy and holds its shape when the beaters are removed. Add the kumquat rinds, condensed milk, juices and cream cheese beating until well combined and thickened. Scoop the mixture into the cooled pie shell and refrigerate, lightly covered with foil or plastic, until set, 2 to 3 hours.

      Note from the cookbook – Kumquat rinds are sweet, while the kumquat flesh is very sour. You can use the whole kumquat if you like.


      1. Aha.....kumquat is such a lovely fruit & is my favourite too. This dessert looks very delicious and surely my favourite. I can eat without feeling quilty :D

      2. How interesting. Ive never tried this fruit before but the contrast of flavours sounds so interesting! Would love to try it one day. The book sounds interesting too. Wondering waht would be the staples of a cowboy diet. Must do some research

      3. So easy! Perfect for a lousy baker like me :)

      4. Makes me want to have a big ol' BBQ and serve this for dessert!

      5. I have never had a kumquat but it looks amazing in a pie :) - you make the most amazing unique recipes!

      6. My hubby tells some funny childhood stories of picking and eating kumquats. He learned to run the fifty in 7 flat :) The pie looks delectable!

      7. How seasonal of you! What a unique recipe. Hey, if you're sick of getting cookbooks you can always throw some my way ; )

      8. I haven't eaten kumquat in a long time but if we can do it with lime and lemon, then kumquat is definitely a good choice.

      9. Kumquats bring such fond memories. When I was in Florida visiting my parents I ate a ton of them. Their tree is next to a satsuma tree and they have cross-pollinated making the most incredible combination of tart and sweet. I asked my mom to send some to me about a week ago, but the freeze there ruined them even though they were covered up. I need to find some to try this recipe in the very near future.

      10. I love eating Kumquats right off the tree, used to have on in our back yard in New Orleans. They tingle the lips with oh so good citrus and packed with vitamins too! This looks like a great pie too!

      11. I got this book too from the publisher and its sitting in a to do pile. I love the pictures so much, the only thing I have made from it was the corn casserole, it was amazing! I saw kumquats at publix the other day,, and remembered this wanting to make it, but I said no, I have to lose a few pounds, I'll make it after I lose 10. That darn nutella and peanut butter got me this time.

      12. Hey Drick, copied off your recipe for a associate of mine at work who has a kumquat tree. She brought some in today to try them. Never had them looked like a funny shaped orange cant believe you eat the skin...She is making this tomorrow will let you know ...she was very excited to get a recipe she has allot of these! perfect timeing...And my first time to encounter them unbelieveable what timeing you have thank again!!

      13. I'm a HUGE kumquat fan, I'm always looking for a new way to cook with them and bingo, found one in the same place I have found so many other wonderful recipes. I just put kumquats on my grocery list for my next trip to the grocery store so I can make this pie.


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