Friday, March 1, 2013

Fruit Cocktail Pie-My $1.96 Experiment

Walking down the isle at Walmart my eyes fell upon cans of fruit cocktail in natural juice... I wondered how it would be in a pie and decided to find out:@) After all, peaches, pears, grapes, pineapple and cherries all make good pies! If you raised an eyebrow at grapes check out this post.
Do you see all those different colors? Each one has it's own flavor, this was a fun pie!

I even used my LeCreuset Paddy O' Pie Bird:@)

Two cans at 98¢ each... that's less than $2 for a fruit pie in winter folks.

Fruit Cocktail Pie
double pie crust
2 (15 oz) cans fruit cocktail, drained-I used 100% natural juice
1/2 C sugar
3 Tblsp A/P flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon-I'd use a little more next time
fresh nutmeg, a few hearty grates
  1. Add bottom crust to pie plate.
  2. Mix fruit, sugar, flour and spices in skillet. Heat on stove until it just begins to thicken. 
  3. Remove from heat and pour into bottom crust. 
  4. Add top crust and poke with fork to vent (or use a pie vent).
  5. Bake at your normal pie crust temperature for approximately 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown. My homemade shortening crust bakes at 400 degrees, store bought crust is around 375 degrees.
  • As soon as I added sugar to the drained fruit it began to release a ton of liquid, so I used 3 Tblsp flour and heated the fruit mixture on the stove until it just began to thicken.
  • Is this going to bump apple pie out of first place in my son's eyes? I don't think so, but it's very tasty and it was fun to try something new!


  1. What a great idea. I love apple pie too, so this would be a great pie for the summer. Thanks for the recipe. Hugs, marty

  2. Lynn, this is a wonderful experiment! I like Paddy O'Bird, too! xo

  3. You are so brave. I would never have thought of putting fruit cocktail in pie. It looks really good and I bet is rather yummy.

  4. What a clever idea! Sounds yummy, and I love your pie bird. :)

  5. goodness I've got to try this,thanks I just "pinned"

  6. Oh clever! I'll have to give this a try.

  7. What a fantastic idea, Lynn! Also wanted to let you and your readers know about the blog "Pie on Sunday." Lots of good recipes there!

  8. I love pie and yours are always pretty. I bought a vintage pie server today.

  9. Hmmm, never thought of fruit cocktail pie. Still not sure but am glad to hear about your adventure with it!

  10. I like fruit cocktail so this sounds good. Looks nice too. Husband loves pie, any kind. Put it in a good crust and he's in.
    Will try this one.
    I bought crust from Whole Foods recently and it was almost as good as homemade.
    Have a great week end. Blessings, Barb

  11. What a wonderful idea! I love your pie bird. :)

  12. Fruit cocktail was part of growing up in the south and my mother used it to make Frozen Fruit Salad. How nice to see that it's not in heavy syrup anymore. Your Saint Patty's bird is adorable in your pie Lynn.

  13. I would not have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes! That is one pretty piece of pie and actually sounds never cease to amaze me, my friend.

    Thanks for the shout out about the giveaway. xo

  14. I've had a cake made with fruit cocktail and it was good. This looks yummy! Pies, oh my!
    hugs, Linda

  15. I wouldn't have known to do the flour thing. Also and idea that never occured to me. Not as sugary as the other pie mixes either.

  16. Looks so yummy - will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  17. A great idea when you need a pie and don't have any fresh fruit in the house! It looks delicious.

  18. Aren't you the clever one?? What a great price on a homemade pie, too. Paddy O' Bird looks spiffy all decked out. Do you make your own crust? It looks so flaky! Happy weekend, Lynn! xo

    1. I learned how to make my G-Mom-B's crust while I was pregnant with my first son... A great excuse to eat an apple pie a week while pregnant:@)

  19. What a fun idea! I haven't bought fruit cocktail since my children were found it at a great price!

  20. What a great idea...especially when the fresh fruit selection is limited! Looks yummy!

  21. Very creative.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  22. Brilliant to use fruit cocktail in a pie! LOVE Paddy O' Pie Bird :))

  23. Newest follower here! I found you through the six sisters' stuff blog hop :) You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at


  24. I just have to tell you this story. My dad was a baker in the Army in WW II. At one point, an officer told him a big wig was coming and he wanted to have pie for him. The only fruit available was fruit cocktail. So dad made a fruit cocktail pie! I would imagine that his recipe was similar to yours. I had just said a couple days ago that I needed to try to make one. Thanks for this recipe. I will have to try it.


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