Friday, September 26, 2014
While I got out of having to make a pie for the pie contest this year (I was a judge), I signed up to make these beauties for another neighborhood baby shower on the day of the contest. The Chocolate Pudding Pie is the same as I usually make it. (Omit the coffee ingredients.) The Berry Pie was a mix of raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. It was very heavy on the raspberry, in part because most of them were some potent (perhaps a bit sour) ones from the farmer's market. The result was pleasingly tart, but I'd probably add more sugar if I made it again. I would also add another tablespoon of arrowroot starch or substitute 1/4 c. of tapioca instead. Anyway, here's the recipe for the Berry Pie:
Berry Pie (makes one 9" pie)
buttery pastry dough for bottom and top crust
1/2 c. white sugar (and extra for sprinkling on crust)
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 quart strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered (depending on size)
3/4 pint of blueberries
2 pints of red raspberries
4 T. arrowroot starch
juice from one lime
Mix filling ingredients in a large nonreactive bowl. Roll out bottom crust and place in pie dish. Pour filling in. Roll out top crust, cut in strips, and arrange in a lattice on top of pie. Fold crust edges over and crimp to seal. Sprinkle top of crust with white sugar. Freeze pie for 10 minutes. Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 F and continue to bake for another 40 minutes. Cool and serve.
Current Pie Tally: 148
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Annual Neighborhood Labor Day Block Party is usually my opportunity to test out my recipe for the town's Apple Pie Contest. However, this year I have been selected to be a JUDGE, rather than a contestant. It's the only way to give someone else a chance to win, right?
Current Pie Tally: 146
I seized the opportunity to "make good" on some more in-season peaches with a baby shower I hosted recently. Whole Foods had them on sale and the stars aligned for the ripening schedule to work out just right for when I needed to slice 'em up for the pies. They came out at least as good as my mother's 60th birthday version, dare I say better. Truly a hit when paired with the vanilla ice cream one of the thoughtful guests brought. Recipe can be found here.
Current Pie Tally: 145