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.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

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  • Wash ground cherries and place in unbaked pie shell. Mix brown sugar and 1 tablespoon flour and sprinkle over cherries. Sprinkle water over top. Mix together 3 tablespoons flour and 3 tablespoons sugar. Cut butter in until crumbly. Top cherry mixture with crumbs.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, reduce temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and continue to bake for 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; 8.4 g total fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 127 mg sodium. 33.9 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2003
I bought these ground cherries in Mennonite country in Pennsylvania while visiting my son. I was told they make a great pie but I had no recipe. Luckily thru "all recipes" I found this recipe. It was delicious. I might cut down on the sugar if I'm lucky enough to get any more of these ground cherries - but it was a treat. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/24/2007
A little too sweet for me eating raw ground cherries as is was much more satisfying. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2003
I bought these ground cherries in Mennonite country in Pennsylvania while visiting my son. I was told they make a great pie but I had no recipe. Luckily thru "all recipes" I found this recipe. It was delicious. I might cut down on the sugar if I'm lucky enough to get any more of these ground cherries - but it was a treat. Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2003
I bought these ground cherries in Mennonite country in Pennsylvania while visiting my son. I was told they make a great pie but I had no recipe. Luckily thru "all recipes" I found this recipe. It was delicious. I might cut down on the sugar if I'm lucky enough to get any more of these ground cherries - but it was a treat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2004
I purchased ground cherries at the near by Mennonite produce auction. I found this recipe and it was great.I used 4 cups of ground cherries for a larger pie. I did increase the flour in the pie. It was so easy and is sooooooo delicious. I did not increase the sugar. The cherries become more sweet when they cook. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2004
I sure was happy to find a recipe for these neat little fruit. My neighbour gave me some plants and now i have tons but did not know what to do with them!! This pie was very good and i will plant more ground cherries next year just to make more pies!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2009
You should just add about the amount of sugar you like to this recipe. And it turns out great. You can make it as sweet as you want. It is delicious and I was eating a piece of it at work the other day and all the guys were like "wow" will you make me some of that? So I'm making two pies tonight. I've used this recipe multiple times so far. It turns out great every time but I do use less sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2003
this recipe was outstanding! Taste was out of this world. Makes you crave those wonderful different tasting berries. I chopped the berries in the food processor before I put them in the pie shell. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2010
Very Good. I have been needing a recipe to utilize the yield of my ground cherries. I cut the sugar back made a pie crust with a criss-cross top and added some lemon juice to give it some extra tartness. Makes an excellent presentation. I think the original crumb topping would be fantastic as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2003
I was so glad to find this recipe. I have been looking for it for some time. This is a great tasting pie and is a real treat!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2004
This was fantastic! Really interesting taste and easy to do (especially by cheating with a store-bought crust). This recipe is a keeper! There are only two difficulties: ground cherries are only available at our farmer's market occasionally and it takes quite a lot of work to remove all those husks. But definitely worthwhile Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/24/2007
A little too sweet for me eating raw ground cherries as is was much more satisfying. Read More
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