Recipe: Bucky's Plum Pie

By now, you've probably seen the latest Marvel blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War.  If you haven't, hey, it's Memorial Day, and it's a great movie, go see it!  Also, beware, for here there by fruit-centric spoilers.

Those of you who have seen it may or may not remember that when we first catch up with Steve's old friend Bucky Barnes in Bucharest, he's shopping in an outdoor market for some plums.  Big deal, right?  Well, let it never be said that the internet can't freak out over the tiniest detail (not sure why anyone would even say that in the first place).   In fact, here's a whole article about it at Buzzfeed.

So, of course, I had to make Bucky some plum pie.  And with plums' nice red color, it's all too easy to create a Captain America shield design with your pie crust.  Team Cap!

Bucky's Plum Pie

Double pie crust
2 pounds plums
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
blue food coloring


Preheat oven to 450°F. 

Wash plums and cut in half to remove pit.  Cut each half into 3 slices.  Put plum slices into a bowl.  Add sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Stir to coat.

Roll out your bottom pie crust.  You can use store bought, but my favorite is America's Test Kitchen's Fool Proof Pie Dough.

Line a 9-10" pie plate with the bottom crust.  Arrange the plums evenly as possible inside.  Roll out the top pie crust.  Cut out one large circular stripe and one smaller circle, set aside.  Re-roll if necessary, cut out another of the smaller circles, then use a knife to create a star shape. 

Use a pastry brush to paint the smaller circle with blue food coloring, then top with the star.  Arrange the pie pieces on top of the pie.

Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 325°F and bake for 25 minutes more.  Cool completely.  Serve with ice cream, because why not?