Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blueberry Peach Pie



I made pie this weekend. I made a very non-paleo pie, full of flour, butter, and sugar. I'm beginning to feel like a bit of a hussy, sending you mixed signals and all. The thing is, I was invited to my friend Leslie's cookout, and while I could have made a paleo dessert, I really wanted to show off my baking prowess. This pie did just that. So did I...'cus I told everyone, ya know.



In the spirit of an all too quickly passing summer, I made a blueberry peach pie.

 



Correction: I made a blueberry peach lattice pie.




With a homemade crust and hand-crimped edges, natch.



I'm sure some would say it was a work of art. Nevermind if I'm the only one saying it.





The only problem with this pie is that, even after sitting, it was still incredibly juicy. It had no effect on the taste, obvi, but it made serving more difficult, as you can see. Anyone have any ideas on how to get the juices to stand up a bit better? Don't look at this as a recipe disclaimer, just consider it an opportunity to eat pie with a spoon!

BTW, lattice crust is SO not hard to do! I found this tutorial excellent at demystifying the how-to.  

Blueberry Peach Pie (adapted from Martha Stewart)

Pie Crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.

With machine running, add ice water (just the water, not the ice) in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour. 

Filling:

  • 5 peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour (perhaps more flour would help the juices thicken)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll one disc of dough into a 12-inch round, 1/8-inch thick. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside in the refrigerator.

In a large bowl, combine peaches, blueberries, sugar, flour, and lemon juice, toss to combine. Pour into pie plate, mounding in the center. Roll second disc of dough into a 12-inch round, 1/8 inch thick. Then either cut into strips for a lattice top and crimp edges, or leave whole and place on top and crimp edges. Cut a few vents on top. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Remove pie from refrigerator. Brush crust with egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet to catch any potential overflow. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes, until crust is browned at edges. Turn oven down to 350, bake for another 40-50 minutes.

10 comments:

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

Add potato starch to the filling! I made a peach lattice pie the other day using a Cooks Illustrated recipe, and the filling held up beautifully, and the slices stayed neat. Love the addition of blueberries to a peach pie - yours looks delish!

- Maggie

Heba said...

wow that looksso delicious :)

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Kerri HollyMuffin said...

This looks incredible!
I would love to make it, so thanks for the inspiration!
xoox
Kerri at HollyMuffin

Sunshine said...

I love blueberries! Looks delicious...I must try!

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Emilee said...

YUM! So glad you did the peach/blueberry combo.. bring one into the office next time :-)

Meg O. said...

HOLY MOLY. I'm starring this in my Google Reader.

emc said...

this looks amazingly delicious. i want some pie now!

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Annalilly said...

I love berry pies, but they all tend to be very juicy. So am I. We get along. Try adding 1/4 c. of corn starch or a couple of teaspoons of tapioca (however much the box says). You can find both with the baking goods.

BTW - yum!

Sheer Girl said...

look great and delicious

Anonymous said...

Add a little bit of corn starch...or extra flour to the mixture to keep it from running all over/making it harder to cut.

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