Glove Box Pie With Roadside Fruit Sauce 3.000
Aug 31, 2011

This technique uses leftover bits of various kinds of nuts to form the crust, and jam or preserves that may come from home or are purchased at a roadside stand. Add fresh fruit bought at the stand as well; combine the fruit and jam to form a filling, and spread it in a container lined with the nut crust. After a few hours of being gently jostled and warmed in the glove compartment, the "pie" is ready.

Make Ahead: The nut crust can be assembled and used to line the pan up to 2 days in advance; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Servings: 3 - 4
  • 3 to 4 cups assorted nuts, or a combination of nuts, seeds and/or dried fruit
  • 6 to 8 sugar packets (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons homemade or store-bought jam or preserves
  • 3 to 4 cups fresh fruit, cut into bite-size pieces


While you're at home, combine the nuts, or a combination of nuts, seeds and/or dried fruit, with the sugar (to taste) in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to chop, then add the softened butter. Pulse to the consistency of a coarse paste that hangs together.

Spread the mixture evenly on the bottom and sides of a disposable loaf pan (about 8 by 4 by 4 1/2 inches). Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

On the road, spread a layer of the jam, or combine the jam (to taste) and fresh fruit in a separate container, then use the mixture to fill the nut crust. Place in the glove compartment. Close; after a few hours' drive, the fruit mixture will be slightly softened and warm.

Serve in the loaf pan, with spoons.

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Recipe Source

From Ellen Kassoff Gray, co-owner of Equinox restaurant in Washington.

Tested by Ellen Kassoff Gray and Bonnie S. Benwick.

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